In her years working as a hospice chaplain, spiritual caregiver and author Kerry Egan has rarely found that dying patients want to discuss God or religion. Instead, chaplaincy work for her leans on the quality of the presence she can offer her patients and the compassion and empathy with which she can hold space for them and their stories.
Shunryu Suzuki always admitted his own difficulty with the English language, but also addressed the deeper problem of human communication, namely that 'when we say something, our subjective intention or situation is always involved.'
Intimacy is an indispensable partner to mindfulness, says author and Zen teacher Ben Connelly whose book, 'Mindfulness and Intimacy', argues that mindfulness practice requires the parallel cultivation of intimacy in order to enrich our empathetic engagement with the world around us and with ourselves. In this extract, Connelly addresses the need for deeper relationships within… Continue reading What Love Looks Like in Public: Ben Connelly on Cultivating Intimacy