Self Care and Healing Techniques
Tony’s wife insisted he come to one of our Finding Meaning in Medicine retreats because he was deeply depressed and about to leave medicine. A highly skilled oncological surgeon, after 10 years of doctoring he was so stressed and disheartened that he felt that he could not go on. In a discussion over dinner one evening, I suggested that he might want to develop competency in seeing the meaning that was present in his work just as he had developed competency in diagnosis and surgery. “What meaning?” he replied bitterly. “Aha!” I said. “If you have 10 or 15 minutes a day, you may be able to answer that question for yourself.” He looked dubious but he said he would try. So I told him about The Journal.
The Journal is the wise work of an old friend, the author and deeply respected teacher Angeles Arrien… a simple way to begin […]
by Rachel Naomi Remen, MD
One of my former patients, Josh, is a gifted cancer surgeon who had sought help because of depression. “I can barely make myself get out of bed most mornings,” he told me.“ I hear the same story day after day, I see the same diseases over and over again. I just don’t care any more. I need a new life.” Yet, through his extraordinary skill, he had given just that to many hundreds of others.
Proust has said that the voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new vistas but in having new eyes. New eyes can often be found in very simple ways. Drawing on the wise work of Angeles Arrien, the author of The Four Fold Way, I sometimes suggest to people like Josh that they review the events of their day for fifteen minutes every evening, asking themselves three questions and writing their answers […]