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Medicine Woman Wisdom

The Power of the Feminine to make Medicine Whole
Rachel gives the opening Keynote to an audience of women doctors at  the 2012 national meeting of the American Medical Women’s Association.

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January 11th, 2013|Comments Off on Medicine Woman Wisdom

Keeping a Heart Journal: It Works

The voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new vistas but in having new eyes.
— Proust
Most of us live far more meaningful lives than we know. Meaning is a function of the heart, an organ of vision that allows us to see below the surface of things. Our training does not encourage us to bring our hearts into our examining rooms or to explore the deep river of meaning that is the undercurrent of our work as physicians. Our habitual way of seeing things and even our expertise can blind us to the meaning of even the simplest of our daily interactions and relationships. Meaning is the antecedent of enduring satisfaction and fulfillment in our work. This simple little journal may be all that it takes to give us fresh eyes.

Keeping a Heart Journal draws on the wise work of Angeles Arrien, author of The Fourfold Way. This exercise requires a notebook to […]

January 11th, 2013|2 Comments

Writing Exercises for Self Care

There are fewer better ways of renewing yourself than writing. Taking just a brief time to reflect and write may offer you new eyes. The simple act of putting words to paper can free us from our habitual or constricted way of seeing the world around us and open up possibilities for untold satisfactions, creative exuberance and healing. Here is a brief writing exercises for you to do just for yourself. Who knows…it may turn out that finding more satisfaction in your work may be less about doing things differently than it is about seeing familiar things in new ways.

A Poem a Day
Have you ever thought about what your day – and life – would be like if you just took ten minutes to write a poem before breakfast? Not something forced but just gathering up thoughts and feelings that are fresh and newborn and come from a deeper place.

When you […]

January 10th, 2013|1 Comment

Remembering the Heart: A 90 Second Heart Yoga

The mind body connection is actually a two way street. Not only does the mind influence physiology, but the body can have a powerful influence on our feelings, our attitudes, and our mental and emotional life experience. The body/mind connection is the basis of many forms of yoga – ancient disciplines that recognize that placing your body in certain positions or moving in a certain way can alter consciousness.
Click on the play button below to learn a 90 second yoga that can help to open the heart. It is based on the hand movements of American Sign Language, but involves movement of the whole body. Take a moment to learn the movements from this short video podcast and use this exercise whenever you feel you’ve become constricted and small. It’s a quick and powerful way to lower stress and remember yourself. You might try doing this several times a day between […]

January 10th, 2013|3 Comments

What is RSS and How Do I Use It?

An RSS feed is a standardized format that allows the most up to date information on a website to be easily accessed by anyone who subscribes to the RSS feed. The RSS feed allows you to receive new Rachel Naomi Remen discussion postings very quickly, even in low bandwidth environments. It is easy to set up and use, but there are many choices. To keep it simple, following are two easy and popular choices.
SUBSCRIBE TO RSS VIA FIREFOX AND GOOGLE

Open Mozilla Firefox (if you don’t have Firefox, go to Mozilla to download for free.)
Once in Firefox, go to Google and sign in to your account. If you don’t have a Google account, it is quick and easy…go to Google to sign up for free.
Using Firefox, go to the forum or topic you would like to subscribe to and click the orange RSS button at the top of that page.
A […]

January 10th, 2013|0 Comments

Becoming a Blessing: Living as if Your Life Makes a Difference

This is from a talk Rachel gave at the Bioneers Conference in Marin, CA in 2005.

January 9th, 2013|0 Comments

The Life Force (excerpt)

Rachel Naomi Remen: The Life Force (excerpt) — A Thinking Allowed DVD w/ Jeffrey Mishlove. This is an excerpt from the two-part, 60-minute DVD.

January 9th, 2013|0 Comments

Generous Listening

Rachel is interviewed by Ruth Buczynski on what it means to be a generous listener.

January 9th, 2013|2 Comments

Some Thoughts on Stress and Calling

Those who do this work in medicine move towards situations that many others tend to avoid. When someone is in trouble or in need, especially someone a person doesn’t know, a lot of people tend to pull back or look the other way. But people who go into medicine have a different sort of response. We are magnetized into such situations, not because of what we know but because of something much older than our expertise, something that causes us to recognize that in times of need and trouble, we somehow belong there. I often wonder if this work is actually a calling.

When I teach, I often ask medical students and doctors: “How old were you when you first realized that the needs of a living thing — an insect, a plant, an animal, a human being — mattered to you?” “How many people were between the ages of 20 […]

May 2nd, 2012|1 Comment