URMC / Family Medicine / Mindful Practice / Mindful Practice Blog Kindness: Reflections on a Year of Pandemic It seems as if now is as good a time as any to begin reflecting on the past year in healthcare, in the lives of our families and communities, and in the lives of the many families and communities who inhabit this planet. Shifting Perspectives It can be useful, in this chaotic and stressed life, to pause and ask questions that promote reflection, and thereby expand the ability to recognize and hold the multiple perspectives, the contradictions, and the paradoxes. Reservoir of Interdependence Everywhere we look, nature and the built world remind us of our interdependence. As human beings, we breathe, we hunger, we fear, we love, we pass away. Equanimity and the New Year What does our mindful practice have to offer us in this time, in this new year which has begun with all the same currents of uncertainty still upon us? One of the most useful but often misunderstood resting place for us, which is actually not a resting place at all, is equanimity.