The Deeper Work

It is hard for me to believe that this is my final post of 2015, and also the completion of my first full year of blogging.  Before I started writing this particular post, I spent some time going back to my earlier musings.  It was like reading a diary or a journal, week by week,

Why I Teach Medical Students About Self Compassion

As part of my work on the volunteer clinical faculty at the UC Irvine School of Medicine, I co-facilitate an elective for first year medical students.  The elective is entitled “Patient Stories/Doctor Stories,” and usually draws a group of about ten to fifteen new medical students.  In this elective, we use various creative media, such

Allowing Imperfection

Every morning, right after my meditation, I try to sit down and write a few “morning pages”…these are usually about three pages written out in my journal or on my laptop, where I try to clear my head before the day begins.  I am still usually foggy from sleep, and so it is always interesting

Why I Write

Why do I write?  This is a question that has been asked of me multiple times…and one that I have only recently begun to ask myself.  This life is a busy one, between my psychiatry practice and my children.  My desire to write certainly adds to my “to-do” list on a day to day basis,