Practicing G.R.A.C.E.: How to Bring Compassion Into Your Interactions With Others: Roshi Joan Halifax

In response to the need for tools that can help prevent burnout and secondary trauma in clinicians, Roshi Joan Halifax developed the simple and beautiful G.R.A.C.E. model.

This practice offers physicians, nurses, and others working in stressful situations a simple and efficient way to open to their patient’s experience, to stay centered in the presence of suffering, and to develop the capacity to respond with compassion.

It’s quite possible to use G.R.A.C.E. in your everyday interactions and allow it to help you cultivate more compassion in your own life. Here’s how to do it.

The G.R.A.C.E. model has five elements:
1. Gathering attention: focus, grounding, balance
2. Recalling intention: the resource of motivation
3. Attuning to self/other: affective resonance
4. Considering: what will serve
5. Engaging: ethical enactment, then ending

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