Mindfulness in Hospice Care: Practicing Meditation-in-Action

Anne Bruce and Betty Davies

In this interpretive study, the authors explore the experience of mindfulness among hospice
caregivers who regularly practice mindfulness meditation at a Zen hospice. They explore
meditative awareness constituted within themes of meditation-in-action, abiding in liminal
spaces, seeing differently, and resting in groundlessness. By opening into nonconceptual,
paradoxical, and uncertain dimensions of experience, hospice caregivers cultivate internal
and external environments in which direct experience is increasingly held without judgment.
This inquiry points to in-between spaces of human experience wherein mindfulness
fosters openness and supports letting go, and creating spaces for whatever is happening in
attending the living-and-dying process.

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