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 will focus on managing fear caused by exposure to news.  Recent political events have been quite frightening for many. The song covered by Great Big Sea “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” comes to mind. It is said that most fears can be summarized by the acronym False Evidence Appearing Real. Unfortunately, some present fears may turn out to be justified.

Read more: Musing 34: Managing News-Induced Fear

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 benefits of giving yourself permission to live a more healthy, balanced life. Our modern society promotes a hyper-busy, multitasking, distracted existence. We seem to have endless “to do” lists, while texting, checking news feeds, Twitter, FaceBook, email accounts, YouTube videos,etc. Add work, household chores,family and community events, etcetera, no wonder many of us feel we are on frenetic treadmill. This is a recipe for burnout, illness and all the physical and emotional symptoms that arise from chronic stress.

Read more: Musing 35: Too busy for stress management!