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Landscapes, Inner and Outer

Landscapes, Inner and Outer

Mick Krasner, MD

I recently attended the screening of a German documentary film titled Grenzland, which translates to Borderland. In it, the filmmaker Andreas Voigt presents a series of miniature portraits of ordinary people on both sides of the river Oder, which forms part of the border between Poland and Germany.  The lives of the protagonists in this film have been shaped by the ever-changing nature of this and many other borders around the world.

Slow medicine: Gardening, Clinical Care and Ourselves

Slow medicine: Gardening, Clinical Care and Ourselves

In her book, God’s Hotel, physician-author Victoria Sweet contrasts “fast medicine,” with its emphasis on reversing pathology through medication and surgery, and “slow medicine,” with its emphasis on close attention to individuals’ unique illness trajectories and optimizing the conditions that help the body heal. According to Sweet, practicing fast medicine is more like being a mechanic whereas practicing slow medicine is more like being a gardener.

Equanimity

Equanimity

The other morning, as I was listening to the radio on my drive to work, the music was interrupted by an announcer with a stentorian tone: “Severe Storm Warning for Monroe and the Surrounding Counties.” In a matter of just a few more blocks, the weather transformed from docile to frantic. Trees were losing their branches, the wind was howling, leaves were swirling, and the rain was horizontal.

Mindful Practice: Community, Healing and the Long Journey of Medicine

Mindful Practice: Community, Healing and the Long Journey of Medicine

If you want to go fast, go alone
If you want to go far, go together

~African Proverb

Our work in Medicine is not a sprint. It is more like a marathon. We know it requires discipline, commitment, intention, hard work, and stamina. But unlike running a marathon for individual reasons, it is a community activity. And in this time of the Olympics, as nations identify with their teams, our professional communities are similarly teams that provide opportunities for growth and fortitude, as well as for the transformation that is possible as we work through the crises that inevitably arise along the journey, the occasional or not so uncommon dark nights of the soul to borrow from a mystical source.

What's in a Name?

What's in a Name?

For many of us, amid the fears and uncertainties of the past year, the pandemic has been a time of reflection and re-integration of our life vision, purpose and meaning. The pandemic has brought many of us face to face with what really matters, and, for many of us, the things that mattered most before the pandemic matter even more now.

Mick Krasner and I, as founders of Mindful Practice®, have been going through a similar process, looking back at the evolution of ideas and programs that we’ve developed over the past twenty years, and looking toward the future.

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