Mindful Mondays

Invite Them In

For today’s Mindful Monday post, I would like to share a poem with you from one of my favorite poets, Rumi: This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all Even if they’re

The Salve of Empathy

For today’s Mindful Monday post, I would like to speak to the power of empathy.  May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  Being a psychiatrist, this is an opportunity for me to share the courage of each and every one of my patients. My patients live every day with the burden of mental illness.  They face

The Power of Generosity

For today’s Mindful Monday post, I would like to share some thoughts about the power of generosity. Generosity has been on my mind lately. A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Ajit George, Director of Operations for the Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project.  This school, located near Bangalore, India, is

Flow Like Water

For today’s Mindful Monday post, I would like to share some thoughts about transition.  As Spring is in season, transition has been on my mind.  School years are gradually winding down to a close, students are graduating and moving forward, weather shifts, babies are born, and others pass on.  Transition, ironically, is constant.  We are

My Favorite Day

For today’s Mindful Monday post, I would like to share with you a quote from the “Tao of Pooh.” “What day is it?” asked Pooh. “It’s today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh. (from the Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff)   This quote reminds me of my children, most children really, who wake

The Laundry and the Vacuuming

For today’s Mindful Monday post, I would like to reflect on the beauty of the ordinary moment. Life, and all of our memories, are built of ordinary moments.  Perhaps there is the occasional spontaneous road trip or epic birthday celebration…but for the most part, our days are filled with the routines of school, work, commutes,

The Anatomy of a Hill

For today’s Mindful Monday post, I would like to share with you a story from my weekend run. One of my favorite weekend morning activities is to go out for long runs on the trails that surround my home.  Sometimes I go with my running partner or another friend, and sometimes I go alone.  The

Can You Please Stop the Treadmill?

For today’s Mindful Monday post, I would like to share a story with you. This past weekend, I was trying to get a quick workout in on our treadmill.  I was nearly done, just as my eight year old daughter popped into the room.  “Mama!  Mama!  Can you please stop the treadmill?  I need to

Mindful Mondays: The Human Touch

For today’s Mindful Monday post, I would like to share with you a poem that I heard over the weekend. On Saturday, I was fortunate enough to attend a physician wellness conference in Redondo Beach, California.  One physician in particular spoke about maintaining our humanistic side in medicine, a profession rife with burnt out and

Mindful Mondays: Just Drink The Coffee

For today’s Mindful Mondays post, I would like to share with you a quote from Sharon Salzberg, esteemed meditation and mindfulness teacher, as well as co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. “Mindfulness has a lot of benefits. One is simply connecting with our lives as we live them. If you drink your

Mindful Monday

Mondays can be difficult for all of us.  Let’s do what we can to make it feel a little better.  Every Monday, my intention is to post an inspirational quote, suggestion, or passage that will help us all to ease into our weeks.  My goal is to help us all make Monday a little more