Healing with Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen & Lota Ofodile
Healing is different from a cure or treatment
Healing is about wholeness – it’s about giving a person the ability to live a deep and meaningful life regardless of the circumstance they might be in, the condition of their body, or their diagnosis.
Healing comes from deep within oneself, not from the thinking mind or the physical body, but from the heart.
Medicine is a calling and an act of love
“Medicine is as close to love as science, and its relationships matter even at the edge of life itself.” – Dr. Rachel Remen.
There is much more to medicine beyond the cognitive, scientific, and technical aspects.
As physicians seeking to be healers, connecting to the humanity in all of us might be more important than the science of medicine in helping patients not just cure their bodies, but live a full and meaningful life.
Perceiving the practice of medicine as a calling rather than just a job or a career shifts the focus to one’s core values and can be a source of strength that helps one to endure challenges and find joy in difficult work.
Storytelling is incredibly powerful
Sharing stories of real people opens us up to possibilities, helps us to see what is human, and connects us to one another.
Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen
My Grandfather’s Blessings by Rachel Naomi Remen
Little Book of Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen
What does healing mean to you?
Think of a time you felt healed after interacting with a healthcare provider - what are some of the qualities that person had, and what about that encounter resonated with you?
How old were you when you first realized that the needs of another living thing mattered to you? See if you can recall the story of this memory and write it down.
Pick an object in your environment that embodies your work/purpose. What is it and why?
Write your own Hippocratic Oath. Reflect the values that you want to guide your practice as a physician and the kind of physician you want to be. Read your Oath out loud and keep it nearby as an easy source of reference.