Narrative Matters 2018 @NMConf2018 is a conference that will be held in July in The Netherlands. It brings together researchers, practitioners, writers, and artists who share a passion for lifestories and understanding our lives as stories. Along with my friend and colleague, Bill Randall, I will present a pre-conference workshop on "Narrative Care and Finding Stillness in Your Story". I will also have the pleasure of leading a Tai Chi session for the conference participants. I am looking forward to these activities and to the wonderful conversations that take place outside the formal presentations.
One day I was having coffee with my sister at Pagaille, one of my favorite Montreal cafes. I was going on about why it was an excellent latte. She said jokingly, “I suppose you think coffee is a pathway to stillness”—referring to the title of my book. I responded that a good coffee in a good café is indeed a refuge—and thus a pathway to stillness. A café offers a stillness setting in which you can feel welcome and accepted just as you are—a place to relieve loneliness and to enjoy the full sensual experience of a well-made espresso. Read more in my book.
Pathways to Stillness Blog
My Blog is about how you can discover your own Pathways to Stillness, and why that is so valuable to your life. We will explore what it means to lose and regain our sense of “our story” in the midst and aftermath of loss—negative beliefs about aging and how we can make them more positive, and the many benefits reaped by creating a refuge of stillness within.