2014

Falling into grace

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In telling the gripping story of her near-fatal ice climbing fall, Deborah names the blind-spots in awareness that cause us self harm. She goes on to describe how wisdom and compassion can be gleaned from our mistakes through the grace of presence, gratitude and letting go. Deborah Bowman, Ph.D. is a photographer, psychologist, and professor at Naropa University where she founded the Transpersonal Counseling Psychology and Wilderness Therapy programs. She has been in private practice as a psychotherapist for 27 years and worked previously for Boulder County Hospice. She is author of When Your Spouse Comes Out, The Luminous Buddha and The Female Buddha, a recent book of photography and quotes. Deborah speaks internationally on topics that investigate qualities of the mind including clarity, equanimity, wisdom and loving-kindness. Her recitation of poetry imbues all her talks with heartbreaking beauty. At TedxBoulder she is passionate about sharing the story of her climbing accident where she lost an eye yet gained a greater vision for living. In exploring the psychological and spiritual dimensions of her near death experience, it is her heartfelt desire to inspire others to wake up from the illusion of separation and the sleep of self-destruction. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)