Odds And Ends Today

Odds and ends today. There is a new message from Bev about the Mindfulness programs at Iowa and it begins with a nice quote: It only takes a reminder to breathe, a moment to be still, and just like that, something in me settles, softens, makes space for imperfection. The harsh voice of judgment drops […]

Consult Monk?

I saw this interesting article about college students giving up their digital devices for a month to live like ascetic monks  in a course called Living Deliberately: Monks, Saints, and the Contemplative Life.”. They give up access to their smartphones, refrain from speaking (except in emergencies) and engage in kindness projects. It reminds me of […]

Meditation Not A Fix, Maybe Because You’re Not Broken: A Letter From Bev and Kerri

As I was struggling to finish my work in my office, one of my residents stopped by and noticed. I felt harried and I’m pretty sure I looked it. She mentioned she’d heard that I practice mindfulness meditation. I remarked that it comes in handy on days like I was having. Anyway, that’s just to […]

New Mindfulness Programs: A Letter from Bev

An open, “beginner’s” mind allows us to be receptive to new possibilities and prevents us from getting stuck in the rut of our own expertise, which often thinks it knows more than it does. ~Jon Kabat-Zinn in Full Catastrophe Living Greetings, I hope the moments that you read this message provide a pause in what […]

Mindfulness In 2017

It’s a little after 4:00 PM and I’m just catching my breath. I’ve been running all over the hospital trying to put out the usual psychiatric consultation fires. And I remember the message from Bev, the Director of our Mindfulness-Based Programs way last week. It was not the usual message we get about the mindfulness […]