‘Teaching’ Kids Mindfulness

Can we actually teach our children how to be mindful? Or are we just trying to preserve the inherent consciousness that they already…

Rethinking Resolutions

One Powerful Intention for the Year Ahead “When we are mindful, deeply in touch with the present moment, our…

Make 2015 Your Best Year Yet

As a psychiatrist, I have the honor of being with people through the ups and downs of life’s journey. I bear witness to joy, fear, anger…

The Gift of Time

I often wonder about how we can best nurture our children. What will our children remember most about their childhoods? Will it be the lessons that I tried to impart to them about being a “good” person? Will it be what I formally taught them in terms of their academics and proper study habits? Will

My Teachers

I am continually reminded that my greatest teachers don’t arrive in the forms I expect. I am blessed to be a psychiatrist. I believe that through all of life’s twists and turns, all roads were leading me to this place, to this career. In the daily practice of being with my patients in a meaningful

The Spirit of Change

We often want to change habits or patterns in our lives that are not serving us well–eat healthier, exercise more, stop smoking, manage stress. There is a lot of information in self help books and online about how we can be successful in establishing healthier habits. In the daily practice of being with my patients,

The Choices We Make

Last year, I met with director of the Medical Humanities Program at UC Irvine, Dr. Johanna Shapiro. She is a lovely woman, a brilliant psychologist with a love of literature and writing. She has spent the better part of her career training medical students and residents to develop reflectivity and empathy through the reading and