Putting Mindfulness on Your Agenda: Resilience for Care Providers

February 10, 2015 6:17 PM

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As the word "mindfulness" sweeps across pop culture, it becomes vital to root larger discussion of the topic to its practical meaning. Mindfulness isn't synonymous with serenity, or even meditation. It also isn't an empty fad. Not that long ago general physical fitness wasn't widely accepted, and mindfulness is following a similar cultural arc. Beyond the trend, the underlying idea is that when we take time to care for our minds, and in essence our brains, we benefit.

My own introduction to mindfulness was presented almost as a side note to my medical training. During a lunch conference in our outpatient clinic, one of the attendings decided to lead the residents in a mindfulness practice. I found it useful for the stress I was living under at that time, decided ...

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