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 (7) Monkey Mind

By CT Lin | December 7, 2017

Monkey Mind! A term particularly apt, at least for me, as I navel-gaze into my own brain (hmm, mixed metaphors also seem to be a personal problem). Sitting quietly in a chair paying attention to breath CANNOT BE THIS HARD, but my analytical internal left-brain monkey is active all the time. I mentioned my new-found … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (7) Monkey Mind”

CT meditates: a comedy (6) Book of Joy

By CT Lin | December 6, 2017

Reading this book, on the recommendation of my children. If parents can take credit in any way for their children’s accomplishments and thoughtfulness, I will ride their coattails all the way. This book is the outcome of a weeklong meeting between two 80+ year old spiritual leaders summing up the common threads of their philosophies … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (6) Book of Joy”

CT meditates: a comedy (5). Three domains of physician well-being

By CT Lin | December 5, 2017

So, lets get this clear. I have heard both sides of the debate about “Physician Wellness Programs are Lipstick on a Pig“. Yes, of course. Many physicians are burned out because of inefficient practice, and often it is due to the setup and requirements of the Electronic Health Record. Therefore, according to this contingent, recommending … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (5). Three domains of physician well-being”

CT meditates: a comedy (4). Book review: Start Here

By CT Lin | December 4, 2017

So, today is about gratitude. Thank you to Dr. Patrick Kneeland, Executive Medical Director for Patient and Provider Experience at UCHealth. In his efforts to improve provider resilience (just one component of the many things he does), he has brought together about 50 providers to take the Life XT (cross-training) course. The course book is Start … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (4). Book review: Start Here”

CT meditates: a comedy (3). Stumbling meditation!

By CT Lin | December 3, 2017

Falling over during Walking Meditation! So, our family traveled to Shambhala mountain retreat just outside of Ft. Collins (no, I’m not necessarily a Buddhist, Shambhala  is also a great place for a secular retreat) for a Thanksgiving Retreat and Renewal. I’m happy to bend your ear for an hour talking about how fun that was … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (3). Stumbling meditation!”

CT meditates: a comedy (2) Insight Timer

By CT Lin | December 2, 2017

Well, sure. Some of you with great flexibility might right away achieve the classic meditation pose, with legs crossed, feet upturned into a locked triangle. That is too advanced for me. I prefer sitting in a chair to meditate. Either feet on the ground or even in a nice recliner. Hey, why suffer when meditating? … Continue reading “CT meditates: a comedy (2) Insight Timer”

CT Meditates: a Comedy (Post #1)

By CT Lin | December 1, 2017

I am introducing an ambitious goal for myself: a DAILY blog post between now and the end of the year (every day of the month of December 2017) on MEDITATION, and my comedic efforts at self-awareness, presence, gratitude, compassion, engagement, all the good things that come from such practice. In this age of Physician Burnout, … Continue reading “CT Meditates: a Comedy (Post #1)”

30 Second Trick for Learning and Memory

By CT Lin | October 3, 2017

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robyn-scott/the-30-second-habit-that-_b_4808632.html Something I learned while taking that Coursera course on Learning how to Learn. Turns out it is never too late to learn something new. Here’s an idea that you can LEARN IN 30 seconds, and could have lasting repercussions: Summarize your last meeting, or discussion, or class, or event that you want to remember, … Continue reading “30 Second Trick for Learning and Memory”

Book review: Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant

By CT Lin | August 16, 2017

This is a hard book to read, in my opinion. Sure, maybe it is for people who have suffered a recent loss: a parent, a sibling, a son or daughter, a spouse. In that case, there are tons of insights that someone who needs a spirit guide, a confidante, could use. Ms. Sandberg’s husband of … Continue reading “Book review: Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant”

Review: The Practicing Mind: Bringing Discipline and Focus into Your Life

By CT Lin | April 12, 2017

The Practicing Mind: Bringing Discipline and Focus into Your Life by Thomas M. Sterner My rating: 5 of 5 stars Beware! This pretends to be an eminently readable book about practicing music or sports WHEN ACTUALLY it is about mindfulness, Eastern religions, happiness and a guide to living your life fully. Wow. The author reads … Continue reading “Review: The Practicing Mind: Bringing Discipline and Focus into Your Life”

Read more. Post less. 

By CT Lin | February 4, 2017

The opposite of a recursive meme: Here’s a social media post telling you to stop reading and posting on social media. Why? I love my increased reading this past few years. It results in more creativity, more interesting things to say at work and at home, and a more fulfilled thought process.  How? Audible.com during … Continue reading “Read more. Post less. “

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