I do not mean in any way to belittle the suffering in these situations, and I hold the people affected by them with much compassion. And yet there is a different aspect to death, a different perspective and understanding of it that highlights the preciousness of it as a human experience. Just like birth, it brings us face to face with the mystery of human life. Experiencing death consciously -- the possibility or reality of one's own death or that of others -- can change our life forever. It tends to point us to what is ultimately real and true. This is what this special event is all about.
Joan Ruvinsky, a yoga and spiritual teacher from Montreal, is one of the speakers taking part in this event. She will share her experience of living with terminal cancer and facing death in a very real and imminent way. I will be pre-recording our conversation because her energy levels are by now too unpredictable for her to be able to commit to participating in a live event (the photo of her is taken as she's resting on the sofa). It is rare for people in her situation to be willing to appear and speak in public. I'm very grateful that Joan has agreed to share her experience and insights with us. It feels like a truly special opportunity, and a real gift. So do join me for this event! You'll find more information on the Facing Death event page of the Living from Love website.