Workshops with Frank Ostaseski
LOVE, JOY, COMPASSION, EQUANIMITY:
AT THE END OF LIFE
Love is the foundation of true service and non-judgmental attention. It embraces whatever it comes in contact with even if that object does not at first glance seem loveable. Joy, most easily experienced as curiosity activates our openness with a vibrant and spontaneous creativity. It expanding the spectrum of possible responses. Compassion is a companion to suffering and outgrowth of empathetic concern. It expresses the gentleness and kindness that is necessary for the heart and mind to relax, trust, and open. Equanimity gives us the capacity to profoundly care with becoming overwhelmed. It protects and balances the other three forms of love.
We will draw on the traditional Buddhist practices of the "Four Immeasurables" and explore how the innate human qualities of Love. Joy and Compassion, Equanimity arise as an appropriate and supportive response to conditions surrounding the end of life. Frank will introduce specific practices to cultivate these pro-social states of mind and heart. He will discuss their application in clinical settings and demonstrate how they can be used as skillful means in accompanying those who are dying.
This workshop uses lecture, discussion, mindfulness and contemplative practices and experiential exercises to develop and utilize these invaluable assets in our caregiving. The program may be of special interest to healthcare professionals or those accompanying those with severe illness or dealing with significant loss.
There are currently no dates scheduled for this workshop.