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The Center's last Death Café was a special "Advance Directives Party," during which participants were asked to reflect upon, and then to talk together about, our specific wishes for care and comfort should we ever be in a position where we could not communicate or make decisions due to illness or disability. Dr.

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Posted by Christy Lee-Engel, Director on Wed, 11/05/2014 - 10:17pm
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Enjoy a Cupcake While We Talk About Death

Popular “Death Café” series at Bastyr Center continues as “Death and Cupcakes” on Nov. 19 and Dec. 17, 2014

Death. It’s a subject few of us like to think about, much less discuss. But it also a reality all of us will have face someday, maybe even tomorrow.

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Posted by Christy Lee-Engel, Director on Tue, 11/04/2014 - 5:39pm
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The Center warmly welcomes you to join faculty member Brad Lichtenstein, ND, to drink tea, eat cake and talk about death.   Continue reading this post...
Posted by Christy Lee-Engel, Director on Mon, 04/21/2014 - 9:43pm
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Dr. Brad Lichtenstein has been an indispensable member of the CSSM faculty since its inception, and even before that has been one of the primary Health Psychology and Spirituality track instructors, and Bastyr University's Mind-Body Medicine faculty expert, for many years.

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Posted by Christy Lee-Engel, Director on Mon, 07/29/2013 - 9:21pm
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From the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois in Chicago, a lovely short piece on The Poetry of Medicine, by Paula Tatarunis, MD:

Poetry and medicine intersect in the domain of body and speech.

The iambic lub-dub of the heartbeat, repeated five times, once for each finger of the hand, gives us the prototypic stanza of english verse, iambic pentameter

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Posted by Christy Lee-Engel, Director on Thu, 07/18/2013 - 12:17pm
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We can consider internationally acclaimed poet and author David Whyte a local treasure, as he and his family live a little less than an hour's drive plus a short and gorgeous ferry ride north of us here in Kenmore.

Here is a poem of his that I've heard many people read out loud as the beginning of an event or gathering, and it's perfect too for the beginning of the quarter:

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Posted by Christy Lee-Engel, Director on Mon, 07/15/2013 - 11:33pm
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Beloved Seattle-area spiritual teacher, Rabbi Ted Falcon, will be on the Kenmore campus this Monday, 4/22/13, for a noontime brown bag talk on contemplative practices, and to lead a meditation session. We'll be in room 1062 from noon til 12:50 so bring your lunch and come join us!

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Posted by Christy Lee-Engel, Director on Thu, 04/18/2013 - 4:49pm
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The Center for Spirituality, Science & Medicine is pleased to offer a new elective spring quarter with Dr. Lichtenstein on death and dying.  Death is a topic we tend to avoid in our culture until we're faced with the loss of a loved one or a patient.  Death can be a sacred and healing process for families if we are ready and willing.  Learn more and register soon for this elective.

IS9516  Being with Dying: Conversations on Death

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Posted by Cindy Butler-Smith on Wed, 03/20/2013 - 2:34pm
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“Genius is the basis for the deepest type of mentoring. When true learning occurs genius teaches genius and both the teacher and the student grow.” – Author, mythologist, storyteller Michael Meade

Please join us for an evening of stories and poems and discussion of the many ways that the genius in us keeps finding meaningful ways for us to change and to grow at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2012 in the Bastyr University Chapel.

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Posted by Christy Lee-Engel, Director on Thu, 03/29/2012 - 2:38pm
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(Please note change in the room: luckily for us, a recording was rescheduled, and so we will be able to be in the Chapel)

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Posted by Christy Lee-Engel, Director on Mon, 02/20/2012 - 11:38pm
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The Center for Mind, Body, Spirit and Nature was created in November 2009 to support Bastyr University's commitment to a multidisciplinary exploration of the deep questions at the heart of spiritual and scientific inquiry.

As an expression of Bastyr's mission and vision, the Center hosts conversations devoted to illuminating the interfaces, connections and congruence between spirituality, science, nature and medicine.

The Center shares resources in this field and develops collaborative relationships with other organizations and people who work at the frontiers of this exploration. The primary ambition of the Center is to contribute to the cultivation of wisdom and wholeness in the practice of medicine.

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