Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Joan Halifax: Buoyancy Rather than Burnout

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January 23, 2018

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Joan Halifax: Buoyancy Rather than Burnout

We're in an era of great breakdown, environmentally and socially and psychologically, and when systems break down, the ones who have the resilience to actually repair themselves, they move to a higher order of organization.

- Joan Halifax -

Joan Halifax: Buoyancy Rather than Burnout

It's easy to despair at all the bad news and horrific pictures that come at us daily. But Zen teacher and medical anthropologist Roshi Joan Halifax says this is a form of empathy that works against us. There's such a thing as pathological altruism. She offers nourishing wisdom to help all of us overwhelmed by the suffering in the world. { read more }

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Roshi Halifax has said, "I am not a 'nice' Buddhist. I'm much more interested in a kind of plain rice, get-down-in-the-street Buddhism." Practice a deeper form of kindness this week, less everyday niceness and more open tolerance and helpfulness to those in need. Practice a deeper form of kindness this week, less everyday niceness and more open tolerance and helpfulness to those in need.


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Monday, January 22, 2018

Between Medicine and Music

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Between Medicine and Music

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

- - Berthold Auerbach - -

Between Medicine and Music

Robert Gupta has played the violin all his life, studying at Juilliard and joining the LA Philharmonic at 19, but he also holds a very special interest in neurobiology and mental health. Throughout his adult life, Robert has walked a bridge between medicine and music, but the journey to get there was a long one. In his TED Talk, Robert talks about the effects music has on the brain, telling stories about his interactions with the homeless and more. He even started a street symphony to offer the homeless, veterans with PTSD, and others musical support to help them heal -- even if it's just for a little bit.
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How can you use music to bring light to somebody else's life this week?
Share one way that music has helped you through a situation in your life.
What is one way you can show compassion for someone else this week?


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Sunday, January 21, 2018

A Doctor For Life: Ann Petru

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A Doctor For Life: Ann Petru

Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity.

- Hippocrates -

A Doctor For Life: Ann Petru

Dr. Petru was just starting out as a young doctor when the AIDs epidemic began. She recalls, "As I started seeing a few kids with HIV, my boss and mentor in Infectious Disease at Children's Oakland said, 'I take care of the Department. I run the show. You figure out what to do for these kids.'" Petru couldn't imagine not taking care of these kids, she told me. 35 years later, Co-Director of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Director of the Pediatric HIV AIDS Program, Infection Control Officer and head of the Ethics Committee at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland, Dr. Petru is still working a 60 - 70 hour week and trying to raise money on her own time for the children's HIV program. If it wouldn't upset her to be called a saint, it's what I'd call her.
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Have you ever been in a spot where something difficult is asked of you and you felt moved to accept the challenge? Or if you passed it by, maybe there's something similar on a smaller scale not far away you could say "yes" to.


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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Community-Led Initiatives that Are Protecting the Natural World

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Community-Led Initiatives that Are Protecting the Natural World

Now I see the secret of making the best persons: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.

- Walt Whitman -

Community-Led Initiatives that Are Protecting the Natural World

In 2008, Ecuador's leadership rewrote its constitution to include the rights of nature, effectively awarding legal rights to the environment. Indigenous communities have recognized the rights of nature for thousands of years, but Ecuador was the first country to make it a constitutional right by awarding ecosystems legal rights to protect the environment and its people. It was a seminal moment for the fast-growing environmental movement. The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), based in Mercersburg Pennsylvania, has been at the forefront of the rights of nature movement since its inception. In 2006, the group worked with the Pennsylvania community of Tamaqua Borough to pass a rights of nature law to protect against toxic sludge being dumped on local farmland. The group has been involved in dozens of grassroots campaigns till date, including in Ecuador. { read more }

Be The Change

Do one small act in the coming week that acknowledges and respects the rights of a piece of nature where you live, such as collect trash from the roadside during one of your morning walks or leaving a strip of grass in your yard uncut.


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