Category Archives: gratitude

DFD on “Thinking Clearly”

I was recently very honored to spend time discussing mindfulness, consciousness compassion and neuroscience with blogger of “Thinking Clearly” Martina Feyzrakhmanova MD of Dublin, Ireland. Check out the first part our conversation: Thinking Clearly 

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A More Beautiful World

Thanks to my friend Robin Youngson, an anesthesiologist in New Zealand who is founder of a worldwide movement to humanize health care  Hearts in Health Care, I have become aware of the works of Charles Eisenstein, a young writer and … Continue reading

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Dragonfly and Symbolism

The dragonfly is an amazing creature. As a boy growing up in rural Alabama in the 1960’s I and my friends were avid insect collectors. Butterflies, like zebra swallowtails and giant swallowtails, and moths like Luna moths and Prometheus moths … Continue reading

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More Dharma, Less Drama

I recently attended my first silent meditation retreat held at the Southern Dharma Retreat Center in the mountains of western North Carolina, near Hot Springs. This was a 5 day Vipassana retreat organized around the 4 foundations of mindfulness: awareness … Continue reading

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Light at the End

“For, clearly, we will just have to gird ourselves for the difficult challenges ahead. There is, literally, a light at the end of the tunnel, but there is a tunnel, and we are well into it.” Al Gore, 2014

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Thought for the Day

“If you are going through hell, keep going” Winston Churchill

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Get Well Elana

Elana Miller, a brilliant young Harvard educated integrative psychiatrist at UCLA who writes a wonderful blog Zen Psychiatry was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic T cell lymphoma stage 4 last week. Would you please keep her in your thoughts and devote … Continue reading

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Compassion Fatigue

An amazing aspect of our brain’s pain system is not just that it senses existential pain as well as physical pain, but also that this same system feels pain when we are confronted with another’s distress. We feel this in … Continue reading

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Emotion Felt in the Body

Emotion Felt in the Body.

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Emotion Felt in the Body

Our conference, Transforming Health Care Through Compassion held on October 25th, was a big hit. We had about 80 participants, not too bad for a first time event with a less than effective marketing plan. Should I be surprised? Compassion … Continue reading

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