You may think of Self-Care as something that distracts you from the interesting and creative aspects of your life – time consuming but necessary, like needing to change the oil in your car every 5,000 miles. Many of us – especially those with an orientation to service – are accustomed to overriding our own needs, to viewing them as unprofessional or even a form of weakness.

The real truth is that Self-Care is a practice that can draw us closer to the sanctity of life. If we do not recognize and value the life in our own selves, how can we learn to value the life in others? Integrity, in its simplest yet most profound form, requires that our intention toward life be coherent and whole and that we each practice being harmless and compassionate – not only toward the life in others but also toward the life that is uniquely our own.

Healing Yourself… Some Simple Exercises

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Keeping a Heart Journal: It Works

January 11th, 2013|2 Comments

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 […]

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Writing Exercises for Self Care

January 10th, 2013|1 Comment

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 […]

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Remembering the Heart: A 90 Second Heart Yoga

January 10th, 2013|3 Comments

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 […]

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Growing New Eyes: The 3 Question Journal

July 15th, 2013|1 Comment

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 […]

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Finding New Eyes

January 11th, 2013|1 Comment

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 […]