Mindful Musings

Written By Gerald Levine MD

Prior musings have outlined a method of optimizing physical, mental and spiritual health by focusing on self-care and embracing the mindful attitudes of non-judgmental acceptance, patience, curiosity, trust, non-striving,letting go and kindness.

This musing explores the importance of mindful community involvement. Human beings are social creatures by nature and nurture. We learn from each other and depend on each other. Social involvement improves our mood,immune system and resilience.

Read more: Musing 25. Mindfulness of Community

Prior musings have outlined a method of optimizing physical, mental and spiritual health by focusing on self-care and embracing the mindful attitudes of non-judgmental acceptance, patience, curiosity, trust, non-striving,letting go and kindness.

This musing focuses on mindfulness of work throughout our life cycle. There are many facets to our work that shift and change as the years go by. Early on, we may be very influenced by our conditioning,messages about work given to us by our family,peers and society. At times, we may choose employment based on immediate need for monetary survival. If we are fortunate, we eventually may find employment that is in alignment with our core values (such as helping the environment, teaching, helping others, making new discoveries,creativity,being in nature, etc.)

Read more: Musing 26. Mindful Work

Prior musings have outlined a method of optimizing physical, mental and spiritual health by focusing on self-care and embracing the mindful attitudes of non-judgmental acceptance, patience, curiosity, trust, non-striving,letting go and kindness.

This musing will address the role of mindfulness in pain management. Acute pain is an evolutionary warning system that alerts us to damage to our bodies. This allows us to hopefully withdrawal from the harmful situation and commence repair. When an acutely painful situation arises we sometimes make it worse by our reaction to it. We may self-criticize (“That was stupid of me”) or wish it wasn’t there (non-acceptance). On the opposite end of the scale we may ignore the pain. If training for a marathon and we minimize our body’s signal to ease up, irreparable damage may occur. The mindful attitudes of acceptance, letting go (of outcome) and non striving are helpful. Rather than bullying our bodies, self care, kindness and overall health can be a priority.

Read more: Musing 27. mindful pain management - acute vs chronic