Episode 9: A Call & Response Life – Rose Gordon

Hosted By: Mag Dimond

August 3, 2021

Today’s honored guest is Rose Gordon, an old friend and former student who has dedicated her life to serving and healing others. In years past, she worked for the New Mexico office of the medical investigator. She was director and faculty member For Being with The Dying Project at the Upaya Institute and Zen Center. And, she now offers spiritual care and bereavement services to hospice families in Taos, New Mexico. She’s led retreats on death, dying dreamwork, and connecting to the creative sources of our resiliency. Today, she joins us to share her wisdom and knowledge.

What you Hear/Learn:

[00:24] Guest Introduction

[02:26] Rose talks about the “Call and Response” pattern and how it relates to her life.

 [08:32] Rose shares her thoughts about dying and her experiences tending to people as they near the end of life.

 [24:02] Rose talks about equanimity and how she deals with suffering through her spiritual practice.

 [34:17] Mag and Rose talk about their mothers and the gifts that they’ve received from them.

 [39:45] They talk about dreams and Rose’s dream group.

 [41:39] Rose shares how you can invite dreams into your life.

 [50:31] Mag asks the question, “Is there anything about you that people don’t know?”


“Tending people who are dying brings me into the present in a way that I treasure … I have to be able to sit in silence. And, I’m reminded every day how precious and beautiful our life is ‒ not as something to guard and hold tightly in our hands.”

 “You take the precious things in your life. You have them in your hands and then you open your palms so that they become an offering to the world.”

 “The dream is a bit like a feral cat or dog. And, you put out food for it, but you don’t rush and grab it, right? A dream is not something to own or grab ahold of. But you develop a relationship with it as you coax it to come closer. And, then when it does, you respect it.”


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