Tackling about an interesting topic that does not often receive enough attention in the world of chronic pain management, Roshi Joan Halifax talks about the intersection of compassion and empathy in chronic pain care. She is the founder and head teacher of the Upaya Institute and Zen Center, and a pioneer in the field of end-of-life care. Growing up as a sick kid, her journey began by being surrounded with people who are in pain and fighting cancer. This gave her the opportunity to talk with caregivers, doctors, nurses, physical therapists, counselors, and psychotherapists. Expanding her knowledge, she has come to learn about opening the landscape of the best of our human qualities as we serve others. At the heart of this is the value of compassion and empathy—circling around the topic of pathological altruism, Edge States, empathic distress, contemplative practice, and mindfulness.
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