The voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new vistas but in having new eyes.
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 […]