A life dedicated to service...

Week 47: “Forgiveness is a fierce practice.”

“Forgiveness shakes loose the calcification that accumulates around our hearts. then love can flow more freely,” writes Frank Ostaseski* (p. 56; subsequent quotes are from the same book). I’ve been at the monastery for four days and, for the only time of the...
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Week 46: “Five Invitations”

I recently spent two intens(e)ive days of training in Mindful Caregiving at San Francisco Zen Hospice Project. Co-founded many years ago by Frank Ostaseski, it provides “the best possible care for those at end of life. We believe it starts with being open to the idea of...
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Week 41: Dying with care

“Our mission is to help change the experience of dying and care-giving. We create space for living that offers the opportunity for individuals, their loved ones and caregivers to find comfort, connection, and healing in this shared human experience. Through our pioneering...
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Welcome everything. Push away nothing.

From an article by Alison Bonds Shapiro in Psychology Today. The author credits these instructions to her teacher Frank Ostaseski. I too remember Frank’s words while training in end-of-life care under his tutelage. I’m excerpting Shapiro’s article because Welcome Everything...
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mindful & compassionate service (Metta Institute)

A few years ago I completed the nine-month End of Life Practitioner Program with the Metta Institute in San Francisco. The intense experience helped me explore my relationship with living and dying and has since led to paid and volunteer work in hospice, seniors’,and...
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