Fall 2021: Being Here Now with Loving Awareness

Online and Zoom courses.

1pm Eastern Time 10am Pacific Time.

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81389455551
Meeting ID: 813 8945 5551

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Friends for a Lifetime and Beyond:The Legacy of Ram Dass

Because of the long friendship between Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Ram Dass ……Mirabai Bush, Connie Corley, and Jon Vasu Seskevich. More information and registration info here. 
Wednesday Nov. 3rd. 12-1: 30pm PST  Anyone reading this newsletter can use the subsidized rate. Fee US$: Supporter: $40.00 | Base: $30.00 | Subsidized: $20.00Limited scholarships are also available. Contact Rosemary Cox at r.cox@sage-ing.org
Wednesday | November 3rd
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm PT Closed captioning will be available.
Ram Dass, known for the iconic book and expression BE HERE NOW, touched the lives of many. After being dismissed from Harvard and on a spiritual quest in India, he engaged in spiritual practices and introduced them back into the US and worldwide through individual and communal connections. We will dialog and share stories about his capacity to comfort, connect and inspire, as well as engage in a loving awareness practice Ram Dass has shared to befriend our own hearts.
Facilitators
Mirabai Bush met Ram Dass in India and their last book together, Walking Each Other Home, shares poignant discussions on subjects including dying and experiences beyond life. Mirabai will share intimate moments of writing and working together for the Seva Foundation and how a commitment to service deepened their friendship.  
Mirabai Bush is a Senior Fellow of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. She is co-author of Contemplative Practices in Higher Education and co-author with Ram Dass of Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Loving and Dying and Compassion in Action: Setting Out on the Path of Service.
Jon Vasu Seskevich first read Be Here Now as a late teen in the early 70s. It pointed his life in a spiritual direction. Soon after he was able to meet Ram Dass in person and helped organize presentations for him and assisted as his nurse during Ram Dass’ last trip to India after his stroke. Jon will weave in stories of his longstanding friendship with Ram Dass over the years, sharing about interactions with 5 key projects of Ram Dass’ original non-profit foundation, the Hanuman Foundation. 
Jon Vasu Seskevich is a Retired Nurse Clinician with the Duke University Health System who helped create their Stress Management Consult Team. He is a longtime friend of Ram Dass who wrote, in 1996, “Jon is truly a brilliant example of compassion in action.” 
Connie Corley, MSW, MA, PhD, led an interview with Ram Dass at a Positive Aging conference and met him other times virtually and at retreats with him at Maui. She will address the lifegiving nature of friendship and its power to reduce social isolation and loneliness, contextualizing Ram Dass’ powerful influence across generations and lifetimes.
Connie is Professor, Fielding Graduate University School of Leadership Studies and Chair, Creative Longevity and Wisdom Doctoral Concentration. A Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, she is also a certified Spiritual Director. 

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Navigating Uncertainty.

Nov. 4th. 1pm-2:30pm PST San Mateo, CA Mission Hospice. No charge for this program. On Zoom. Register or more information. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-jon-seskevich-rn-navigating-uncertainty-for-caregivers-tickets-167080547415?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

As a pioneering health professional in integrated mind-body approaches and palliative care, the instructor spent 30 years listening to and speaking with people facing major life changes. He learned one of the biggest stressors in life we face is waiting and not knowing. For many, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented the greatest uncertainty of our lives, much waiting and not knowing. At the same time, other stressors, such as changes in health, finances, or lifestyle for ourselves, our family, and our friends, also creates uncertainty.

In this course, the instructor will share tools and strategies for navigating uncertainty he crafted from his clinical practice, research, and friendship with Ram Dass. Using lecture, guided practice, and facilitated discussion, participants will learn how to meet uncertainty with a quiet, curious mind and an open heart. Knowing how to navigate waiting and not knowing is key to improving our quality of life at any point in our journey.

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Contact Jon Page Here