This book is a marvelous revelation... Michael builds upon his experiences in nursing to provide rich teaching tales from the everyday work of a hospital that point us toward love and kindness. I recommend this book most highly as an engaging and uplifting read that s both inspirational and educational perfect for both the beach and the classroom setting in health sciences and anthropology. --Lewis Mehl-Madrona, MD, PhD, author of Coyote Medicine
This book is an invitation to enter the territory of the boundless heart. Rich in from-the-soul stories, and rooted in deep recognition of our human kinship, it has much to teach us about healing, living, and loving. --Aura Glaser, author of A Call to Compassion
Drawing on his own struggles with the mysterious microbial demons of MS and a range of fascinating encounters with patients and doctors, Michael Ortiz Hill gives us a soul-stirring meditation on the nature of illness, life and death. Reading these stories on the healing qualities of compassion, you feel empowered and encouraged on your own journey toward wholeness. --Ralph Metzner, PhD, author of The Well of Remembrance and The Unfolding Self
About the Author
MICHAEL ORTIZ HILL is a registered nurse, a Buddhist practitioner, and an initiated medicine man with tribal people of Zimbabwe. The core of his spiritual practice has been the refinement and activity of compassion. He is the author of Dreaming the End of the World: Apocalypse as a Rite of Passage; Twin from Another Tribe: The Story of Two Shamanic Healers in Africa and North America; and The Village of the Water Spirits: The Dreams of African-Americans (both books with Mandaza Kandemwa). He is also the author of Conspiracies of Kindness: The Craft of Compassion at the Bedside of the Ill and does workshops and lectures on The Craft of Compassion. He lives in Topanga, California with his wife Deena Metzger.