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Resources

Here are some links to things I’ve found inspiring, insightful or helpful. Hope you enjoy them too!

Books

Brené Brown
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http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_listening_to_shame.html
http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html

Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection
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Brené Brown, Daring Greatly
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Pema Chodron
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Pema Chodron is a Buddhist nun, a wise woman, and a fabulous companion during difficult times. I used to say that I had the tape of “When Things Fall Apart” on continuous look when my father was dying. I would fall asleep listening to Pema, waken at 3 in the morning in a cold sweat terrified by all that I had to deal with, and then soothe myself back to sleep listening to her again.

My two favourites are:
Pema Chodron, When Things Fall Apart
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Pema Chodron, The Places that Scare You
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Films

Harold and Maude
A classic (and my favourite movie of all time!)
A remarkable woman, about to turn 80, teaches a quirky, funeral-loving young man the meaning of living in every moment. Great soundtrack by Cat Stevens.

On Golden Pond
Who can resist Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda facing off against the vagaries and indignities of aging! This movie was made shortly before Fonda’s death and it speaks volumes about what it feels like to go kicking and screaming into old age.

Blogs and Websites

Hospice Volunteering

My blog about working in a residential care hospice.

I write about life, illness, aging parents, loss of control, fear of death, and the importance of being present. Not just for hospice volunteers!   http://hospicevolunteering.wordpress.com/

Coaches Training Institute

The largest, oldest, and most respected coach training institute, where I received my coach training and certification. http://www.thecoaches.com/

International Coaching Federation

Governing body of coaching worldwide. http://www.coachfederation.org/

Susan Piver

Author, Buddhist, meditation instructor, leader.

Susan founded the Open Heart Project several years ago. She offers weekly meditation instruction (just ten minutes!) and talks that are down to earth, honest, accessible, and funny.

I’ve attended several retreats with Susan and I love her vulnerability, humour, and wisdom. You can subscribe to the free offerings of the Open Heart Project here: http://susanpiver.com/open-heart-project/

Josh Martin

Check out Josh Martin’s free online resource Going on a Bear Hunt: Five things cancer taught me about overcoming obstacles, available at www.badgeofawesome.com.