In this episode of the Healing at the Edge Podcast, Dale explores caregiving as a spiritual practice and looks at what near-death experiences have to teach us about death.
Opening to the Moment (Opening) – How do you relate to the present moment? Dale discusses what means for us to embrace the moment for all it has to offer and the freedom that can give us. He looks at the role that compassion plays in allowing us to truly be present which is essential in the practice of caregiving.
“The past has come and gone and the future is not here yet. This moment is the result of how you relate to all those past moments. How you relate to this moment will go a long way in determining what happens in the future.”
Caregiving as a Spiritual Practice (11:40) – As much as caregiving is a role that needs to be filled in society, it is also a powerful practice for spiritual and personal development. Dale looks at how our relationship to suffering effects our ability to show compassion to ourselves or others.
“Caregiving is really your opportunity to awaken. The more that you do that, the more you will be available to be there for others.”
Further explore the practice of caregiving with Dale: The Role of the Caregiver
Moving Away From Fear (28:20) – We explore the way in which fear limits our emotional spectrum. Dale looks at how our reactivity effects the way we deal with difficult emotions.
“For many difficult emotions, it is much easier to be with them in their seed stage. It is very hard to be with terror or rage. It’s much easier to be with the beginning of anxiety or frustration; rather than waiting until the emotion is so out of control that we have really become the emotion.”
What Happens When You Die? (33:55) – Dale tries to look at what near-death experiences have to teach us about what happens when we die.
“The people who had near death experiences describe the light as the most beautiful thing that they had ever experienced.”