San Francisco Symphony, with a presentation by Barbara Bogatin, cellist with the Symphony.
Responses after the event:
- I found it to be particularly useful as meditation can be applied to medicine and speaking with patients/families. My natural tendency is to fill silence with conversation perhaps due to discomfort, although I've come to learn that silence itself can sometimes be more therapeutic as patients process information and respond on their own terms. I could envision how meditation might make me more comfortable with silence and using it as a tool in clinic.
- The session reminded me about the importance of self-care as I continue my medical training and eventually start my career. As a medical student, I spend a lot of time studying, thus sacrificing my physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being. Even if it is just 30 minutes a day, I need to take the time to center myself spiritually and mentally so that I can better care for patients.
- Mindfulness can have huge implications for health, as is currently being demonstrated through a variety of modalities including fMRI. This event renewed my passion for offering mindfulness as a tool for my patients. It also helped me to continue thinking about ways to employ mindfulness as a practitioner- pausing outside the door before each encounter, and taking a moment to check in with myself and my surroundings, particularly during busy or stressful times.
- I really enjoyed when she discussed how she has learned to practice practicing; and then tied her mindfulness meditation into her ability to continue improving her performance.
- It is easy to draw similarities between developing expertise for an instrument, and developing surgical techniques or further medical knowledge. As a fledgling in the medical profession, I have still have a large body of material left to learn and will need to continue to perfect and adapt my knowledge to growing understanding. This will require more than mindless participation in clinical duties, but active practice and mindful introspection into my strengths/weaknesses and how to best continue my education.
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