“We are living in an era of the most sophisticated technological advances, yet the treatment of cancer is paleolithic.” ~Azra Raza MD
The foundation of Mederi Medicine has always been to support people in thriving, not merely surviving, in the journey of life. Recently, I’ve been reading the book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by surgeon, professor, and public health researcher, Atul Gawande.
Dr. Gawande writes eloquently about what matters most in medicine. Now, more than ever, we need to hear these words of wisdom.
uncommon to have difficulties accepting and being comfortable with those who
are different from us. These feelings are often based solely on skin color,
cultural mores, or religious beliefs. But racial and cultural prejudice is a
social concept; it’s not part of our DNA. We learn prejudice in childhood, and
it becomes an unconscious bias. This filter clouds our ability to see clearly
and leads to divisive conclusions about other groups or races. It takes great tender love and often great suffering
to change us forever.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” ~Nelson Mandela
“Live in the sunshine, swim the
sea, drink the wild air”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
plenty of good reasons to be outdoors this summer, and now we can add ‘safe
haven’ to the list. As we all know, strict isolation strategies have been
employed since mid-March to curb the spread of the pandemic. The resulting
isolation, combined with fear of contagion and misinformation overload
(“infodemic”) is creating a great deal of confusion and stress.
no question that reducing the contact rate of latent individuals, and interventions
such as quarantine and isolation, can effectively reduce the potential peak
number of infections and delay the time of peak infection. However, as much as
I believe this to be true as it applies to being indoors, I question whether
being outdoors—even in groups—poses much risk at all. While there is still so
much we don’t know about the virus transmission, we have yet to see proof or a
strong likelihood that the outdoors poses a significant risk. In fact, research suggests it may be safer
compared to indoors.
“The greater the suffering, the greater God’s love is bestowed onto you.” Padre Pio
People have been increasingly distancing themselves from each other, even before this horrific pandemic hit. Years ago, in an interview with Self magazine, I was asked what I thought the number one contributor was to our poor health. My answer then was the same as it is now—a lack of intimacy. We’re losing the quality and ability to relate, not just to each other, but to our environment and Nature. For example, people go for walks, but instead of quietly connecting with nature, many are focused on their phones. People at my gym walk around with earbuds in and don’t make eye contact with each other. We are lonely, and most of us don’t even know it. With the sudden onset of COVID-19, we’ve isolated even more. Meanwhile, the opportunity to be present and in tune with our surroundings and each other exists every day. Even if we are physically distant, our deep presence can make even the briefest or seemingly small encounters more lasting and meaningful.
unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it
is one of those things which give value to survival.”
Lewis, The Four Loves
these unprecedented times, it’s important for all of us to focus on positive
steps that we can take to stay healthy, not only physically, but also emotionally
and spiritually. As difficult as things may appear to be, remember that within
every crisis lie opportunities for growth and change.
A Zen master was teaching his students one day and
one student asked, “Is there anything that I can do to make myself
enlightened?” The Zen master replied and said; “As little as you can do to make
the sun rise in the morning.” The students then asked, “Then what use are the
spiritual exercises you prescribe?” And the Zen master said this; “To make sure
you are not asleep when the sun begins to rise.”