I'm a new nurse deep in the heart of Texas, and pretty much everyone (patients, coworkers, chaplains) assumes that you're a Christian. But I'm not, I'm an atheist and a Buddhist, I don't believe in a soul or afterlife, but I do believe that the Buddhist understanding of reality has much to offer for dealing with death, suffering, and loss. I just read Thich Nhat Hanh's No Death, No Fear
, and found it very beautiful and empowering: there is no death because there is no life, because we are all connected to and part of all life.
I've also found meditation to be invaluable for stress and emotional management.
(I should mention that I'm in the ICU and people die every day
on my unit.)
Do any of you incorporate similar beliefs or practices in your nursing practice?
Any techniques or books or practices you have to share?