Emotions play an essential role in our lives. Every one of us experiences many different emotions and witnesses the emotions of others on a daily basis. Emotions contain messages and serve special purposes to guide us to survive and flourish in life.
I am writing this letter to express my gratitude to my profession, the medical profession that has offered me an incredible opportunity to serve. Becoming a surgeon has been an amazing gift in my life. It has given me identity, brought me humility and pride and enabled me to experience full life.
It was Saturday November 16, 2013. I was driving my son who was extremely sick to the emergency room. He was ill for almost a week with high fever of unclear source. Regular treatment did not work and he was getting sicker and weaker every day.
I love this quote by Sir William Osler, the father of modern medicine, who once said “medicine arose out of primal sympathy of man with man; out of the desire to help those in sorrow, need and sickness. This relationship arises out of pain and suffering of one person and offer of hope by another”.
When you think about yoga, perhaps you imagine a girl who is able to put her legs behind her head, or a man who can turn himself into a human pretzel; but of course, yoga is more than just the ability to perform extreme physical poses. There are many different styles and formats of yoga, but overall three common components make up this discipline.
A Culture of Intelligent Compassion by Dr. Eric Olson All too often caregivers can create unintended consequences as a result of well-meaning but misguided efforts to be compassionate. This can happen at the bedside, unit, institution, government, and/or national level. How can one be compassionate but also be aware of the consequences of compassion? Dr.…
Mindfulness Meditation by Dr Iraniha For a long time, meditation was thought to be a practice exclusive to special people who isolated themselves from society, sat down on the bare floor with their eyes closed and their legs crossed for hours and hours with no obvious benefit. But over last two decades there have been…
It was three years ago and I was operating on a 75 years old male with multiple medical problems who had a major acute and chronic gallbladder disease and needed urgent gallbladder removal. I was preoccupied with number of his medical issues and the difficulty of his surgery when a branch of cystic artery started to bleed profusely.
The Transformative Power of Empathy” for healthcare workers at West Anaheim Medical Center, California. Lorraine Aguilar, CEO of Working Harmony, shares insights and techniques to compassionately connect to what matters without sacrificing efficiency. The results are meaningful human connection and deeper, more accurate understanding of what is wanted and needed in any situation.
Your mindset can lessen your pain. Life is full of pain. I absolutely refuse to tell you to wear the happy face mask and ignore the mountain of problems and pain and pretend that everything is ok. Life does not stop throwing a curb ball at us and every day there is something to rattle…