PSGSC would like to offer a Zoom Book Discussion this fall.
Please email Nancy Wilson: email@example.com
if you are interested in reading and talking about:
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
by Atul Gawande
Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should.
In his bestselling books, Atul Gawande, a practicing surgeon, has fearlessly revealed the struggles of his profession. Now he examines its ultimate limitations and failures-in his own practices as well as others'-as life draws to a close. Riveting, honest, and humane, Being Mortal
shows how the ultimate goal is not a good death but a good life-all the way to the very end.
Named a best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review,
NPR, Chicago Tribune
Tess Lorraine prepared a List of Resources developed after her talk in July, 2020: The Gift: Talking About What Matters At The End of Life. Please check our website under “Resources” for that document and many other ideas for health, exercise, care giving, and managing PD
Meditation for the Moment
by Meg Alexander
Has someone recently suggested that you should meditate? I’ve been “meditating” for decades, but I have to remind myself every day that I “should meditate”. And luckily it can be very simple. I keep these words from a Zen teacher in my mind’s eye:
Caught in a self centered dream, only suffering;
Holding to self centered thoughts, exactly the dream.
Each moment, life as it is, the only teacher
Being each moment, compassion’s Way.
How to return to “each moment”? With the breath. The breath is our constant companion, waking and sleeping. Just bringing our attention to the breath brings us into the moment. And if we add intention to that moment, we amplify and strengthen it. How about Syliva Boorstein’s suggestion: Inhale: “May I meet each moment fully”; Exhale: “May I meet it as a friend.” Ah! I already feel better. And what is this “better”? I feel more centered. More present. I have made the shift from Thinking to Being. I have returned to a more spacious Presence. It is a skill, like riding a bicycle. Once you get the hang of it, your body knows how to do it. If that feels good to you, I suggest you expand it into three breaths, and use your Imagination. What do you need? I always need to relax so that is where I start. Three relaxing breaths. A full inhale, a deep exhale. Receiving and Releasing. Bring awareness, energy and oxygen into the body, releasing what is no longer needed through every pore of the body: tension, anxiety, and carbon dioxide! Releasing sadness and loss, anger and hurt. Releasing the story we keep telling ourselves, for just a moment.
There is a wonderful expression in our Zen tradition “Every day is a good day”. We are alive, there is beauty in the world, we have choices. AND we can enjoy our breath.
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