CT meditates: a comedy (14) Stanford wellness, military mindfulness, and Death Sticks


I like Stanford’s relatively new Physician Wellness site; something we can all aspire to. It includes links to self-assessments (see “Test yourself” link on the far left of that page.


What highly-competitive health care provider doesn’t want to test themselves against others? Maybe I can score the highest! Wait, maybe not the highest on a burnout scale…

It is a good conversation to have, with yourself about your own elements of burnout, and internal resources of resilience. How do you stack up? Is it time to “go home and rethink my life?”  (link: youtube video on the guy who tries to sell Star Wars’ Obiwan “Death Sticks”).

Remember, if you’re coming on the 3-minute daily journey with me:  eyes closed, with just the simple goal of spending 3 minutes in a comfortable pose, and focusing on breath. Then to watch the inevitable stream of thoughts floating by, observing each one as a puffy cloud, letting it just drift by without diving into it, and returning to breath.

Teaching our Communication workshop recently, I was reminded that the US military now has soldiers undergoing Mindfulness training with quantitative improvements in focus and performance. Hmm! Maybe this IS more than just mumbo-jumbo.

CMIO’s take? Mumbo-jumbo sometimes is good.

Author: CT Lin

CMIO, UCHealth (Colorado); Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine

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