A New Earth in Medicine (Healing as Becoming Whole)

“Changing is not just changing the things outside of us. First of all, we need the right view that transcends all notions of being and non-being, creator and creature, mind and spirit. That kind of insight is crucial for transformation and healing.” – Thich Nhat Hanh This piece was inspired by the following books: – A New…

Co-Creating with Humility

“O chestnut tree, great rooted blossomer,Are you the leaf, the blossom or the bole?O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,How can we know the dancer from the dance?”– William Butler Yeats When I admire a beautiful work of art or music, such as Monet’s Water Lilies and Chopin’s Nocturnes, I cannot help but wonder…

The Road Less Travelled By (The Inner Journey)

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference.”– Robert Frost To me, the road less travelled by is the road to the inner world and the inner life. This is a quiet road that is often filled with loneliness and isolation from the…

10,000 Joys and 10,000 Sorrows (A Life of Gratitude)

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” – Charles Dickens A Life of Gratitude It is a true privilege to be a human being, even though it entails 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows. Though we have troubles, our blessings are far…

The Conspiracy of Silence (World Mental Health Day)

“Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.” – Elie Wiesel This piece is written for World Mental Health Day (10 October 2019) There is a longstanding conspiracy of silence within the medical profession – doctors are not allowed to…

The Awakening – A Spiritual Odyssey (Night•Dawn•Day)

“This life’s five windows of the soul Distorts the Heavens from pole to pole, And leads you to believe a lie When you see with, not thro’, the eye That was born in a night, to perish in a night, When the soul slept in the beams of light.”– The Everlasting Gospel (William Blake) The…

Mastering Our Emotions (Emotional Intelligence)

“When a man is prey to his emotions, he is not his own master.”-Baruch Spinoza We essentially have two minds – one that thinks and one that feels. Our intelligence quotient (IQ) only makes up about 20% of the factors that determine life success and the rest is dependent on our emotional intelligence (EI). Learning to master our emotions and understand the emotions…