Caregiving and Practicing With Illness
As seen in our July 2009 issue, and ongoingly in the magazine and online, the Shambhala Sun is presenting truly helpful teachings and writings about how to cope with illness, for caregivers and for those who are trying to practice with illness.
Enjoy these classic teachings from the pages of the Shambhala Sun and Buddhadharma.
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"By allowing yourself the space to be as
you are, you discover a self-existing sanity that lies deeper than
thought or feeling," says John Welwood. "For many of us this may be the
hardest path of all—opening our hearts to ourselves.”
Barry Boyce: "Time for Boomers to Ponder Old Age"
"Enhancing the dignity of old age."
Diana Atkinson: "A Few Words Before they Drag me Away"
On a life cut to pieces.
she sews a kesa for her ordination in the new Peacemaker Order, Joan
Halifax reflects on her life of science, stories and spiritual search,
and her work now with the great teacher, death.
Ruth Ozeki on writing, dying, and Mom.
Will meditation make you healthy? Barbara Rhodes, Jan Chozen Bays, David Shlim, and Mitchell Levy, discuss the Buddhist view of health.
"Social and cultural factors impact our health profoundly, both positively and negatively."
Tibetans doctors, old timers in mind-body
medicine, offer us provocative advice: less self-concern may be
healthy. For 1500 years or so, their viewpoint has been that a strong
identification with self gives rise to unhealthy or impure states of
mind. These in turn cause energy imbalances that manifest as physical
and mental illness. The Tibetan medical model, in addition to using
more conventional treatments such as herbs and lifestyle modification,
endorses the development of selflessness through spiritual practices.
“Even when disease cannot be cured, there
is often a way to use this difficult experience to know more intimately
the value and purpose of your life.”
"Fixing and helping create a distance
between people, but we cannot serve at a distance. We canonly serve
that to which we are profoundly connected."
Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen on illness, loss and spiritual growth.
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