People fear change. It’s in our DNA. The soul purpose of our ego is to separate us from ‘other’ in order to protect us and keep us safe. So any time we try to make a move towards the unknown, the ego ‘inner critic’ voice kicks in: ‘don’t do it’, ‘you’ll never succeed’, ‘you’ll look stupid’, ‘they’ll never listen to you’… you fill in the blank with your own ‘inner critic’ ramblings.Read More
I've got perfectionism on the brain. I can’t help it.
Even though I’m not longer practicing medicine, I'm not immune to the pressures we all put on ourselves to be perfect, trust me! I've got perfectionism built into my DNA :)
If there’s one trait that I notice in each of the docs that I teach to meditate, it’s perfectionism.Read More
Life as a doctor doesn’t have to be this way! These days, stress and burnout are a near-constant. Lots of things contribute- long hours, EMR, coding, utilization management reviews, rounds, challenging patients (and families), complex medical decisions, and discharge planning, just to name a few.
You don’t have control over most of these parts of your day. But you do have control over one thing: YOU.Read More
As a clinician, time is a valuable commodity. Between call, clinic, and surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology can be one of the most stressful specialties. Meet Dr. Jill Henke, an Obstetrician-Gynecologist from Atlanta. She works in a busy private practice and took the 4-Part Course in Conscious Health Meditation 7 months ago.Read More
Since I decided to become ‘the doctor who became a meditation teacher’, I have spoken with A LOT of doctors about meditation. There is an extremely wide range of approaches and attitudes towards ‘physician wellness’, and I’ve taken note.Read More
When Physician Burnout and Moral Injury Strike… One summer day in 2011, 5 years into my career as a hospitalist in Chicago, it all changed. Here’s what it took to get me, a skeptical, Type A, burned-out doctor, to learn meditation. Hint: it started with a spa, a swimming pool, and a program with horses. Intrigued?Read More