Mindful Musings

Written By Gerald Levine MD

For optimal health, one needs to develop self-awareness, have clear health goals, a willingness to make necessary changes and an attitude of openness, acceptance and gratitude. In the previous installment, the importance of stress management was highlighted.  Responding to challenges with equanimity and creative problem solving promotes mental, physical and spiritual health. The concept of mindfulness is an essential attitude to achieve these goals.

Mindfulness, an eastern philosophy for thousands of years, has become increasingly accepted and promoted in western society for the past few decades.

Read more: Installment Four: Mindfulness

For optimal health, one needs to:

  • develop self-awareness,
  • have clear health goals,
  • have a willingness to make necessary changes and
  • have an attitude of openness, acceptance and gratitude.

In the previous installment, the importance of mindfulness was highlighted as a healthy stress-management tool. Moment-by-moment non-judgmental acceptance is the core of a mindful way of being.  In this installment, I will focus on another other essential mindful attitude: patience.

Read more: Installment Five: Patience

Mindful Musings of Dr J: Installment 6

In the previous installment, the importance of mindful patience was highlighted.  In this installment, I will focus on another other essential mindful attitude: curiosity.

Have you ever “woken up” while driving a familiar route to wonder how you arrived without being aware of the journey?  We spend much of our time on “automatic pilot”, relying on ingrained habits and routines to “get through” a busy day. While some habits and routines are helpful, the richness of life as it unfolds may be dulled by routine. One may be able to navigate from A to B while sleepwalking, but the experience will be much richer if we are fully awake and aware.  Mindfulness, which is focused moment-by-moment awareness with non-judgmental acceptance, is the antidote to this day-to-day sleepwalking.  Curiosity is an essential attitude to promote mindful awareness and bring childlike wonder to even the most familiar of routines.

Read more: Installment Six: Curiosity