A Soulful Approach to Dementia Care

A Soulful Approach to Dementia Care

A Soulful Approach to Dementia CareA Soulful Approach to Dementia Care

Our Own Journey

In the stillness, you will experience awareness.

“Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in Being.  

Allow nature to teach you stillness.” ~Eckhart Tolle


Recently, I was listening to a favorite spiritual thinker talk about meditation and “presence”. He said that our pets give us a perfect example of how to be completely present. I thought that was so interesting… and I began watching my darling 14-year old chocolate lab more closely. I sat with her and observed, not playing with my phone or thinking of what I needed to accomplish. When we walked, I watched her work her way in and out of the weeds, sniffing everything she could find. I watched her greet other dogs and people with full presence. I was fascinated with her ability. And I was reminded that dog spelled backwards is G – O – D.


That fascination quickly turned to frustration. I wondered why adult humans can’t be so perfectly present. What is wrong with us?!


As I pondered this question over a number of weeks, it came to me. There are adult humans who can be perfectly present! They exemplify presence in their everyday lives. I have had the honor of working with many of them, and they have dementia. 

Allie reminds me to be present as we stop to admire the glorious Tetons.

Allie reminds me to be present as we stop to admire the glorious Tetons.