Mindfulness with Dr. Ronald Epstein & Dean Tran
“Mindfulness is a purposeful attentiveness to one's inner life in order to achieve some sense of clarity, compassion, and wellbeing.” —Dr. Ronald Epstein
Mindfulness is not the same as meditation
Meditation is a tool to help you be mindful. In the same way that a musician might practice scales to get fingers in shape to be able to make beautiful music, sitting on a cushion every day is practice for being mindful when it really matters. In medicine, the mindfulness that matters is when you’re with patients and members of your team.
Practicing mindfulness with patients (and beyond)
How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett
What does it feel like to be present in your body? In your mind?
Where do strong emotions show up in your body? Stress? Joy?
What does it mean to have a beginner's mindset?
Think of the last time you made an assumption about a patient or new acquaintance that turned out to be untrue. What could you have asked yourself that might have shifted that assumption?
GOAL: Pick one mindful practice and practice it each day. Notice how it feels to come back to the practice each day. Try to commit to practicing daily for a month and notice how you feel.