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Connecting to Our Muse and Amor Fati

Connecting to Our Muse and Amor Fati

By Mick Krasner, MD

One of my mindfulness teachers, when explaining the quality of letting go and acknowledging how very difficult that can be, held her hand out in a clinched fist, describing how tightly attached we can be to a desire or an outcome or an ambition…

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Distraction

Distraction

By Ron Epstein, MD

Distraction is about how we react to stimuli. In a busy overcrowded, noisy, smelly emergency room, as the visual, auditory, olfactory, and tactile stimuli increase in frequency and intensity, it takes increasing amounts of effort to stay focused. We might provide exquisite care but become increasingly exhausted and experience burnout. Or the care might not be so exquisite…

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Giving and Receiving: A Biological Imperative

Giving and Receiving: A Biological Imperative

By Mick Krasner, MD

“For it is in the giving that we receive.”
– St. Francis of Assisi

Medicine as a profession and as a way of being brings us close into this aspect of our inclination to give to others. It allows us as professionals to support others and ourselves with right livelihood…

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Mindful Organizations

Mindful Organizations

By Ron Epstein, MD

For those of us who work in complex, clumsy and chaotic work settings, the idea of mindful organizations might seem aspirational at best, and maybe an oxymoron. That said, suspend your disbelief for a moment and imagine what a mindful organization might be like…

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Unconventional intelligence

Unconventional intelligence

By Ron Epstein, MD

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” F Scott Fitzgerald

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Identities: Removing Some and Growing Others – Endings and Beginnings

Identities: Removing Some and Growing Others – Endings and Beginnings

By Mick Krasner, MD

For 30 days In April and May of 2023, I walked the Camino de Santiago de Compostela for over 800 kilometers in Northern Spain. There are several pilgrim paths on the Camino, and I walked the Camino del Norte which hugs the northern coastline of the Iberian peninsula before turning inland for the final few days before arriving in Santiago

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Remembering and forgetting

Remembering and forgetting

By Ron Epstein, MD

When I am teaching, I frequently quote Shunryu Suzuki-Roshi’s aphorism “The most important thing is to remember the most important thing.”

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