bring your whole self to the experience …

June 10, 2010

in Hospice & Palliative Medicine,Spirituality

Frank Ostaseski’s Five Precepts of Service lend a strong foundation to the work of accompaniment …

The Second Precept: Bring Your Whole Self to the Experience

In the process of healing others and ourselves we open to both our joy and fear. In the service of this healing we draw on our strength and helplessness, our wounds and passion to discover a meeting place with the other. Professional warmth doesn’t heal. It is not our expertise but the exploration of our own suffering that enables us to be of real assistance. That’s what allows us to touch another human being’s pain with compassion instead of with fear and pity. We have to invite it all in. We can’t travel with others in territory that we haven’t explored ourselves. It is the exploration of our own inner life that enables us to form an empathetic bridge to the other person.

(listen to Frank here)

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