Gestures of Care at the Third Buddhist Contemplative Care Symposium
I am honored to be facilitating an intro to Gestures of Care and Movement before Dialog for the third biennial Buddhist Contemplative Care Symposium November 3-6, 2016.
The symposium's mission is to give practitioners tools and insights to provide the most effective palliative and end-of-life care possible. This groundbreaking gathering encourages leading researchers, physicians, spiritual care providers and patient advocates to learn from each other and grow as healers. Participants will share contemplative best practices and experiential teachings, while collectively beginning work toward common standards of practice.
Neuroscience research has demonstrated the effectiveness of meditation and mindfulness-based techniques in both patient healing and caregiver self-care. Mindfulness practices are increasingly being explored and used, particularly by palliative and end-of-life care teams. Many institutions with an integrative medicine focus are exploring how to incorporate contemplative techniques into their standard of practice, with the objective of cost-effectively improving both patient and staff outcomes.
Read about the Symposium and the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, an organization joining care, practice, and study together in ways that support local communities and enrich individual experience while having a significant global impact.
You may find me there fidgeting on a zafu during their weekly meditation offerings.
"touch has memory"