Finding My Professional Heart

A brief guide to compassionate care and mindfulness for practitioners

Natius Oelofsen

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Format: Ebook

Publication date: July 29, 2016

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ISBN: 9781908625397 Related titles:


Finding My Professional Heart is a short e-book by the author of the highly regarded Developing Reflective Practice.

It provides a guide to compassion and mindfulness for health and social care students and practitioners and a roadmap for developing compassionate practice.

Drawing on both neuroscientific research and the contemplative traditions, the book argues that compassion is not a competency that can be trained, but a way of practising care that can be cultivated and nurtured. It attempts to inspire the reader to become a compassionate practitioner by:

  • Giving an overview of the concept of compassion that encompasses modern as well as ancient perspectives.
  • Considering some ideas on how to become compassionate and discussing the enemies of compassion.
  • Providing a small sample of scientific research into compassion and presenting an overview of a neuroscience-based model of compassion.
  • Exploring the links between mindfulness and compassion.
  • Providing some guidelines and a roadmap for cultivating a compassionate outlook and approach.
  • Offering a set of meditations and practices that can be used along the way.


At the heart of health and social care is a healing encounter between people, and this book aims to put compassion and humanity back at the centre of care.



Chapter 1       Compassion

Chapter 2       How
to become compassionate

                        Interlude: The four pillars of compassion

Chapter 3       The
science of compassion

Chapter 4       Mindfulness
and compassion

Chapter 5       A
roadmap for compassionate practice

                        Interlude: The flow of compassion

Chapter 6       Developing
compassionate teams, services and organisations

Appendix         Meditations to develop your compassion


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