Alzheimer WhispererCarol Allen uses Transcendental Meditation in her life's work.
Carol Allen describes herself as "a born spiritual seeker" and so her study and expertise in the field of transcendental meditation was a very natural direction for her to take in early adulthood. TM is an effortless technique of meditation; a blissful, wake-dream state that is beyond thought. It diminishes the practicers own thoughts and desires and continually puts them in a place of calm and acceptance. The selfless care and devotion that she has given her parents and others in the end of life phase certainly is related to her spiritual depth.
Her book, Taking Care of Peg: a Spiritual Journey, is highly relatable and inspirational, especially to anyone who has or is giving care to a loved one, as their life comes to a close. Her mother struggled with Alzheimer's and Carol accepted and loved her as she was, remembering and honoring all that she had been. Some exerpts from her book-in-progress enlighten us as to what Carol has learned; "This book is a celebration. It is a celebration of the last five years of my mother's life. Peg had Alzheimer's, so it is a celebration of that as well....All the ups and downs, joys and sorrows, the fears and the letting go of fear, the shunning and the embracing, all are celebrated because they all were the events that paved my path. Throughout this journey I got bigger, softer, more patient and more compassionate." and "What good fortune it is to attend a birth and I can tell you it is equally good fortune to attend the transformation we call death. Whether coming or going, tremendous life gets squeezed and concentrated as it passes through. It is a miracle and an honor to witness."
Stay tuned for the publishing of Carol's book; as we will all become "bigger and softer" for having read it and in applying her gentle techniques to our own care giving.
Carol is also available for consultations in end of life care. She can be reached by email by clicking here.