Mindfulness

Staying healthy and productive in healthcare, in leadership, in informatics is a huge challenge. How are you coping? Here are my musings about Mindfulness, from my blog.

CT meditates: a comedy (27): Forgiveness, Levar Burton, Audible.com

By CT Lin | December 27, 2017

From The Book of Joy page 234. Forgiveness, the Archbishop added, is the only way to heal ourselves into being free from the past. Without forgiveness, we remain tethered to the person who harmed us. We are bound to the chains of bitterness, tied together, trapped. Until we forgive the person who has harmed us, … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (27): Forgiveness, Levar Burton, Audible.com”

CT meditates: a comedy (26) If something can be done about it …

By CT Lin | December 26, 2017

From the Book of Joy: If something can be done about it, what need is there for dejection? And if nothing can be done about it, what use is there for being dejected? Seems eerily similar to the Serenity Prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (26) If something can be done about it …”

CT meditates: a comedy (25) Merry Christmas- Holiday- Kwanzaa. And Zen Shorts!

By CT Lin | December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Care-filled Kwanzaa! Happy Buddha! A book I gave to my physician and clinical informatics teams this year is ‘Zen Shorts.’ This is a terrific children’s book with wonderful watercolors. You don’t have to be a child or a Zen master to appreciate it. However the stories it tells are deceptively entertaining. … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (25) Merry Christmas- Holiday- Kwanzaa. And Zen Shorts!”

CT meditates: a comedy (24) Three things you’re grateful for?

By CT Lin | December 24, 2017

In multiple books including Option B, and Start Here: Life XT, I have come across the research finding that a specific practice of gratitude can be quite powerful. The habit is: take paper and pencil and every evening before bed, write down three specific things that you are grateful for. I don’t mean “I have a … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (24) Three things you’re grateful for?”

CT meditates: a comedy (23) pomodoro timer

By CT Lin | December 23, 2017

So, maybe some of you have read this far. Thank you for coming along! One of the threads of mindfulness and meditation is developing Focus. So maybe you’ve now blocked out 2 or even 4 hours of your day to dive deeply. But once you’re here, cleared your desk, turned off your Internet, laid out … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (23) pomodoro timer”

CT meditates: a comedy (22) Deep Work, The Shallows (book reviews)

By CT Lin | December 22, 2017

Cal Newport’s important work emphasizes the power of disconnected, uninterrupted time. Nicholas Carr speaks of the opposite trend: that Shallow thinking has affected our brains and made it tremendously more difficult to focus because, on the Internet, it is SO EASY to click that next link, and soon, you’re looking at cute kitten videos instead … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (22) Deep Work, The Shallows (book reviews)”

CT meditates: a comedy (21). Wisdom is like rainwater

By CT Lin | December 21, 2017

The Dalai Lama, in response to the critique about detachment and laziness: if we are going to be mindful, and then detach ourselves from immediate concerns and not take them so personally, won’t we become lazy, un-involved? What if we are ambitious and want to improve? From The Book of Joy page 212. The Dalai … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (21). Wisdom is like rainwater”

CT meditates: a comedy (20). Stumbling on happiness (book)

By CT Lin | December 20, 2017

I love Daniel Gilbert’s work: Stumbling on Happiness. It is a collection of gems, and is interspersed with the results of clever psychology experiments that tell us how your mind works, and it doesn’t work the way you think it works! Specifically, I enjoyed the three-part description of the components of happiness at work. Ask … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (20). Stumbling on happiness (book)”

CT meditates: a comedy (19). The second arrow

By CT Lin | December 19, 2017

It takes my son to teach me about important concepts from the Book of Joy. An ordinary person feels two pains, two arrows, with any tragedy. Just as if they were to shoot a man with an arrow and, right afterward, were to shoot him with another one, so that he feels the pain of … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (19). The second arrow”

CT meditates: a comedy (18). Flow!

By CT Lin | December 18, 2017

Have you read Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi? Mihaly’s last name prompts me to remember Wheel of Fortune: “May I buy a vowel?” Nevertheless, this classic book introduced the world to the concept of flow: …the state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter; the experience itself is … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (18). Flow!”

CT meditates: a comedy (17). You are not yet perfect.

By CT Lin | December 17, 2017

Yoga pose ASANA, I’m told. I’m pretty sure that most Yoga poses are beyond me. We did do some yoga during our Thanksgiving Retreat and Renewal. This is where I discovered my ineptitude. And I got past it and still enjoyed the impossibility of some of the yoga poses. From the Book of Joy (pg 92), … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (17). You are not yet perfect.”

CT meditates: a comedy (16). Mindfulness Quiz, and “Smile…Breathe…This is a test”

By CT Lin | December 16, 2017

https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/quizzes/take_quiz/mindfulness I like this mindfulness quiz. Just going through this, lets you take a step back and think about your own approach to mindfulness. What tricks do you use in your daily practice? One idea I heard from a Communications workshop participant recently: when about to step into what you anticipate to be a difficult … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (16). Mindfulness Quiz, and “Smile…Breathe…This is a test””

CT meditates: a comedy (15). Chris Sinsky and AMA steps forward

By CT Lin | December 15, 2017

https://www.stepsforward.org/modules/physician-burnout I am loving the website that the American Medical Association has built, called “Steps Forward.” For years we have struggled to help docs run their clinics more efficiently, reduce waste, improve workflows. This is of course, under the rubric of “I hate the EHR; get that CT Lin guy to come out here and … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (15). Chris Sinsky and AMA steps forward”

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

By CT Lin | December 14, 2017

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. http://wellmd.stanford.edu/ 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 … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (14) Stanford wellness, military mindfulness, and Death Sticks”

CT meditates: a comedy (13). Extending compassion

By CT Lin | December 13, 2017

Okay, I’m mixing my metaphors now, between yoga and meditation. And some of you probably think “what’s the difference? it is all new-agey stuff anyway.” From both the Book of Joy (see recent post) and Start Here (recent post), the practice of compassion can be linked to a brief meditative exercise. One starts with thinking … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (13). Extending compassion”

CT meditates: a comedy (12). Hiking at Shambhala

By CT Lin | December 12, 2017

Our trip to Shambhala mountain center would not have been complete without some strenuous hiking up above the retreat. It sits on 600 acres of land in the foothills and is pretty spectacular. Allen Ginsburg’s remains are buried here. And hiking the perimeter trail is a wonderful 10 mile traverse, of which we did a … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (12). Hiking at Shambhala”

CT meditates: a comedy (11). Falling asleep at yoga

By CT Lin | December 11, 2017

So our family recently went to the Shambhala mountain retreat, and I participated in my first restorative yoga session with a terrific instructor. Ninety minutes of stretching, moving my body in ways it is not used to, in an idyllic mountain setting, with great views out the window. What’s not to like? We end of … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (11). Falling asleep at yoga”

CT meditates: a comedy (10). Bicep Curls for the mind

By CT Lin | December 10, 2017

I’ve heard that meditation is essentially “Bicep Curls for the Mind.” Just like you would train your body in whatever discipline: martial arts, or boxing, a sport, yoga, lifting weights, you can also train your mind for more focus, discipline, productivity. Creating a habit of meditation of noticing and being present, not only reaps immediate … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (10). Bicep Curls for the mind”

CT meditates: a comedy (9) Notice, Shift, Rewire

By CT Lin | December 9, 2017

So I’m coming back to Start Here. One of the precepts of the book that I’m most enjoying is the idea of NOTICE-SHIFT-REWIRE. Of course, read the book to get the complete impact of this powerful idea. This is part of meditation practice, to be more aware of your body, your breath, the task at … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (9) Notice, Shift, Rewire”

CT meditates: a comedy (8). Leading meditation (boring)

By CT Lin | December 8, 2017

So I was asked to lead a short meditation in a workshop I was helping to conduct. We’re doing some work on Personal Resilience in our organization. I also gave a similar talk to some pharmacy residents, and decided to incorporate a brief guided meditation exercise (WITH ME AS GUIDE?!?!). So, I did my best. … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (8). Leading meditation (boring)”

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