Inside Compassion: Edge States, Contemplative Interventions, Neuroscience with Joan Halifax

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Library of Congress
Adults ,
Mental and Physical health ,
Palliative Care

On May 12, 2012, Zen Buddhist Roshi Joan Halifax gave a lecture about empathy and compassion at the Library of Congress in the USA. Dr. George Chrousos, an authority on the effects of stress on the body, provided a response. The lecture, "Inside Compassion: Edge States, Contemplative Interventions, Neuroscience" includes what Ms. Halifax has termed "edge states," or the challenges faced by clinicians and caregivers in care of those who are seriously ill. She touches on basic research in the areas of neuroscience and social psychology on mindfulness and compassion. And she covers six contemplative interventions that are useful for clinicians and caregivers, and talks about various types of compassion.

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