Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Meditation for Physicians
When stepping into a new patient's room, I must clear my mind completely. To make a diagnosis, it's crucial to listen with 100% attention. If I think about the patient I saw before, or what lab result I need to look up, my focus becomes divided. One way to be more aware of the present moment is through meditation practice.
During medical school, Jon Kabat-Zinn lectured at the U. of Rochester and led us through various awareness exercises. One exercise was to eat a raisin very s - l - o - w - l - y, savoring the taste and texture. I still remember how potent the single raisin tasted.
Now, I've re-discovered him on the EM Tutorials Podcast (By Drs Chris Cresswell, Qasim Alam and Andrew Dean-Ballarat, Australia and New Zealand)
I highly recommend you download # 7 Breath Meditation and give it a try for a week. It's also FREE.