Presentation on theme: "From unsung heroes: Occupational gifts for a meaningful life"— Presentation transcript:
1 From unsung heroes: Occupational gifts for a meaningful life Rachel ThibeaultProgramme d’ergothérapie - Occupational Therapy ProgrammeUniversité d’Ottawa – University of Ottawa
2 La question de départ:What are the occupational choices and strategies that lead to a healthy and fulfilling life?
3 Exploring philosophyOccupations that foster the emergence of our deepest identityChoices rooted in justice and ethicsOccupations that speak of an awareness of the interconnectedness of life… and are ways of giving back.
5 Exploring neuroscience (Ricard , Davidson, Lutz et al, 2004; 2005; 2007) Shaping meaningful intentGiving shape to that intent - doingRewiring neuronal pathways
6 Exploring modern psychology (Erikson, 1976, 1982; Seligman, 2002) Good lifePleasant lifeMeaningful life
7 How do we shape a meaningful life, for ourselves and our clients? Let’s draw a parallel
8 If I were to work on improving physical health, I would focus on… StrengthEnduranceFlexibilitySpeedAccuracy….And I would use occupations to match
9 If I were to work on cultivating meaning, I would focus on… PresenceCompassion – love - tendernessGratitudeForgivenessJusticeTemperance(Seligman, 2002)And I would use occupations to match
10 What are those occupations? Exploring real life: 5 occupational categories from my unsung heroes
11 Centering Ephemia - Zambia Occupations that foster presence, awareness and calmness such as repetitive tasks, productive or « non-productive »
12 Contemplation Ingrid and Annie - South Africa Occupations such as prayer, meditation, or anything that induces awe of life
13 Creation Lakech and Wagaye - Ethiopia Occupations that meet the need to create – even if only for oneself.
14 Contribution Doris and friends – Sierra Leone Occupations that allow you to give back, to be a valued, productive member of your community
15 Connectedness Emmanuel - Nicaragua Occupations that speak of belonging to your community, to Life.
16 How do we know if me make the right occupational choices? Two more lessons
17 The notion of « junk occupation » Chewing « qat » in EthiopiaSpider solitaire for meWhat is yours?
18 The body as barometer Vitality Alertness Fluidity of movement BreathingTone of voice
19 What I have been given for my 30 years as an occupational therapist
20 An occupational tool box for the soul Core elements of meaningCompassion- loveGratitudeForgivenessJusticeTemperanceWith the occupations to matchCenteringContemplationConnectednessCreationContribution
21 “One knows from daily life that one exists for other people - first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving...” Albert Einstein The world as I see it