What does it mean to be and become a Caritas Coach?
When I was first introduced to Dr. Jean Watson’s Caring Science theory, her elucidation of Caritas expanded my consciousness to a higher level of knowing about the nature of our humanity, our sense of self, and provided a guiding light to higher level of being as a professional nurse. Dr. Watson uses Caritas to represent “charity and compassion, generosity of spirit. It connotes something very fine, indeed, something precious that needs to be cultivated and sustained” (Watson, 2008, p. 39). A Caritas Coach seeks a way of knowing, and self-discovery amidst self-reflection, and self-compassion. A Caritas nurse practices self-care and views nursing as a sacred covenant to alleviate the suffering of humanity, understanding that “love is the highest level of consciousness and the greatest source of all healing in the world” (Watson, p. 22). Love is universal energy that interconnects all of humanity. Being a caritas coach requires embodying this mind-set and an expanded consciousness that views all of creation as sacred and interconnected. All human beings belong to an Infinite Source that unites us (Watson, 2008; Levinas, 1969). Compassion, human caring, love, and empathy emerge when we are mindful of our oneness with everything. This opens our heart to hold space to be present and nonjudgmental, ready to extend loving-kindness to self and others.