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Lost and Found: Navigating the Dark Forests of Personal Exile and Rediscovery

Lost and Found: Navigating the Dark Forests of Personal Exile and Rediscovery

By Mick Krasner, MD

At some place in many of our lives, we reach a point or go through an experience that stops us, that feels foreign, that seems to throw away the compass directing the vector moving us forward, that exiles us from others and from ourselves. And when this happens, when it seems most certainly that we have run out of choices, we are forced to start, perhaps for the first time…

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The Third Age

The Third Age

By Ron Epstein, MD

After fulfilling major social obligations and professional accomplishments, we have greater opportunity to be creative and connected, relatively unfettered by the (internal and external) pressures of achievement. Albert Camus, the French novelist-philosopher, summed it up in his four conditions for happiness: time in the open air, creativity, a creature to nurture and love, and freedom from ambition. The troisième age is about growth, generativity, and connection. A time to ask reflective questions…

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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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