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Book details
  • SubGenre:Inspiration & Personal Growth
  • Language:English
  • Pages:50
  • eBook ISBN:9781543910469

When Crisis Feels Personal

How to Respond With Mindfulness & Kindness

by Barbara Gibson and Kim Frndak

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When Crisis Feels Personal - How to Respond with Mindfulness & Kindness is made up of eleven chapters/lessons. These chapters provide readers with an introduction to the practice of mindfulness. The book is written primarily for use with women whose lives have been affected by domestic violence and its aftermath. However, these ideas and practices can be beneficial to anyone who seeks to have a stable mind even in the midst of extremely challenging circumstances.
At the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence (WRC), we step into the lives of women whose lives are affected by very harsh realities: physical, emotional, sexual, and financial abuse. Frequently, poverty, addiction, physical illness, mental illness, hopelessness, and confusion are accompanying challenges. To do this “stepping in” in ways that are helpful and respectful is our charge. Since WRC's beginning in 1986, we have moved through waves of change. We try to stay ahead of the curve, shifting to maintain our balance, perspective, and clarity of purpose. Our most recent evolutionary/revolutionary shift is one that welcomes mindfulness as it intersects with kind intention into our lives and our work. Our aspiration is to share what we have learned and how we have benefited to encourage those with whom we work to try these ancient ideas and practices for themselves. The ideas in this workbook are not new but have been spoken about and written about in many ways for a very long time by many men and women from around the world. We invite you to try them and see for yourself if any of what is written here is useful.
About the author

Barbara Gibson has worked as Safehouse Director at Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence in Atlanta, GA for more than a decade. Within the same time frame (and not coincidentally) Barbara has become a skilled practitioner of meditation and mindfulness. In addition, she completed training in the Community Resiliency Model (CRM) through the Trauma Resource Institute. CRM is a skills-based program designed to help individuals understand their nervous system, and learn to recognize sensations connected to well-being. Barbara uses her personal experiences and training to support others in their desire to weather the normal, and at times traumatic, ups and downs of life with equanimity. A strong self-care and mindfulness advocate, Barbara was led to join Kim Frndak in this project as a way to inspire others to learn about and commit to these life-changing practices.

Kim Frndak is a long-time, old-school, advocate for women whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence and its aftermath.  At the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence Kim has worked as the agency’s Community Outreach Coordinator since 1998.  Nearly twenty years ago, to manage the personal impact of “sharing the load” with so many who suffer, Kim incorporated meditation and mindfulness practice into her life.  It was the desire to share this transformative, life-changing journey that led Kim to co-author this book with her friend and colleague, Barbara Gibson, her sister in open-heart-work.