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Lions Roar : July 2018
individual who’s dying to expand theirs. One calm person in the room can ease the entire experience for everybody. You Are Enough We’re always messing with ourselves— telling ourselves what we should be experiencing, trying hard to be someone special, hoping we’re doing it all in the right way. Often in spiritual practice and in caregiving, we set some goal of where we think we ought to be and then use that to not be where we are. I’m guided by the counsel of Carl Rogers, the great humanistic psychologist: “Before every session, I take a moment to remember my humanity. There is no experience that this man, this woman has that I cannot share with him, no fear that I cannot understand, no suffering that I cannot care about, because I too am human. No matter how deep his wound, he does not need to be ashamed in front of me. I too am vulnerable. And because of this, I am enough. Whatever his story, he no longer needs to be alone with it. This is what will allow his healing to begin.” No Advice Some of us reach too quickly for our version of a prescription pad, doling out unsolicited advice. While our intentions may be genuine, we can be blissfully insensitive to the way we impact others. The attachment to the role of helper runs deep for most of us. If we’re not careful, it will imprison us and those we serve. Let’s face it: if I am going to be a helper, then somebody has to be helpless. Wise speech is a mindfulness practice. Words can heal or harm. Before speaking, pause. Silence has the benefit of slowing things down. Ask yourself, is what you want to say true? Is it helpful? Is it the right time? And, maybe most important, is it wanted? If the other person doesn’t want to hear it, you may not need to and gather herself. She has no idea what’s waiting for her on the other side of the door. She has no idea what the teacher will ask, or perhaps even what she most needs. She does her best to be ready, flex- ible, and open. Going into the room of someone who’s ill or dying is like going for doku- san. Empty your mind, open your heart, and enter with fresh eyes. Once in the room, sit down, talk less, and listen more. Touch when appropriate. Be a Calm Presence When we’re caring for someone who’s sick, we lend them our body. We use the strength of our backs and arms to move them from the bed to the commode. In the same way, we can also lend them the strength of our mind. We can help to create a calm and accepting environ- ment. We can be a reminder of stability and concentration. We can expand our heart in such a way that it can inspire the MARCIA WEESE RUGS Hand-carded, hand-spun and hand-knotted by Tibetan refugee women in Nepal. TRADITIONALLY WOVEN TO LAST LIFETIMES Using 100% Tibetan wool and silk, and traditional techniques that preserve a history and culture, Weese’s contemporary rugs bring elegance to your floors A percentage of proceeds is donated to The International Campaign for Tibet weeserugs.com 773.908.9009 LION’S ROAR | JULY 2018 18 CULTURE • LIFE • PRACTICE