Harsh words, perhaps, especially when you consider that the one who said them is a longtime hospital chaplain, and the woman she was speaking to had just learned that a year after going through chemotherapy, she was still cancer free.
The concept of mind we’re all familiar with is fast becoming the mind of the past. The decision-maker, the seat of knowledge, the repository of hunches, innovation, emotions, judgment, memory, opinions, stubborn will, and so on is actually a rather narrow concept we’re finding out. Human mind 1.0.
You see them all the time in the news - statistics on the number of people who were in the hospital last year, the rate at which people will catch the flu this winter and numerous other statistics about some aspect of our health.
Researchers use these biological health statistics to figure out risk factors and develop ways to prevent, control and treat or manage disease.
Have you ever heard the statement, “There are no atheists in a foxhole”? I recently came across this statement, and it really brought to mind the idea that although most of us aren’t actually hunkered down in a war zone foxhole, figuratively many of us feel that we are as we fight for health. It can actually feel like a combat zone for anyone who has a serious health condition, addiction, emotional stress, or other crises. And in these situations, people are more inclined to seek a higher power for help.
It seems to govern so much of our lives. It starts as a child with birthdays, balloons and excitement, before increasing in pace as teenagerhood, careers and the pressure of family life add their demands. Finally there's the senior years which seem to bring to a crescendo the "tick tock" of the body clock.
Have you been hired in a job that the simple requirement is to be joyful?
When I came to the United States and landed a job with an American family, the first question they asked me was, “Can you give joy?”
Well, I got the job, and the joy that is within me was doubled because as I worked with this family, I found out that when we give more, we receive more – not materially but a priceless peace of mind and steady healthy consciousness.
¿Qué es lo que buscas en tu vida? Y ¿cómo encontrarlo?
Muchos en la sociedad no logran encontrar su propósito, sufren de depresión y, en desespero, se vuelven al alcohol. La Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) informa que “cada año mueren en el mundo 3.3 millones de personas a consecuencia del consumo nocivo de alcohol, lo que representa un 5.9 por ciento de todas las defunciones”.
The folks at Stanford School of Medicine are putting doctors in touch with their patients. Literally.
To this end, faculty member Abraham Verghese and his team provide training for 25 hands-on physical exams that, according to Verghese, are given little if any attention beyond the typical med student’s first or second year of training – “old-fashioned” stuff like tapping the knee to check for reflexes, shining a light to test for pupil dilation and how to use the tried and true tongue depressor.
Gratitude allows us to move through life with more grace, affording greater rest and peace.
There’s an old saying that if you’ve forgotten the language of gratitude, you’ll never be on speaking terms with happiness. Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and inter-faith scholar, would likely agree with this old proverb. In a 2013 TedTalk on gratitude in Edinburgh, Scotland, he suggested that happiness is an outcome of gratitude in our lives. He points out that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but rather gratitude that makes us happy.
“You all know this, but it’s worth stating the obvious,” declared Amy McGuire, a genomic bioethicist from Baylor College of Medicine at the start of this year’s TEDMED conference in San Francisco. “Genomic sequencing is not an infallible prophecy of our future.”
A bold statement to say the least, especially considering her audience – an eclectic collection of doctors, nurses, medical researchers and others intent on improving the world’s health and health care using the most advanced and innovative means possible.