Monday, 29 August 2016

Wholeness & Health Professionals

     Many health-care professionals are averse towards "soft" matters like "wholeness", "wisdom", "spirituality", etc. Yet if Vimala Thakar, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and many others are correct, health-care professionals, owe it to themselves, their families, colleagues and patients to intentionally, consciously work towards: wholeness, congruence, wisdom - the very areas about which they feel conflicted!

     "Compassion is a spontaneous movement of wholeness. It is not a studied decision to help the poor, to be kind to the unfortunate. Compassion has a tremendous momentum that naturally, choicelessly moves us to worthy action. It has the force of intelligence, creativity, and the strength of love. Compassion cannot be cultivated; it derives neither from intellectual conviction nor from emotional reaction. It is simply there when the wholeness of life becomes a fact that is truly lived."                                                               Vimala Thakar

     “The challenge is, can we live more consciously? In a sense, mindfulness and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) are really about the art of conscious living. … Our work in MBSR is based on the conviction that … we have infinitely more capacity and dimensions – and I emphasize the plural – that we usually simply ignore.
     Even the educational system emphasizes only certain aspects of development, such as critical thinking, but it doesn’t emphasize somatic experience or intuitive experience or the cultivation of compassion or, for that matter, self-compassion or empathy and all sorts of other aspects of being human – including perhaps the most fundamental of all – awareness itself, which is an innate capacity we share by virtue of being human.”                             Jon Kabat-Zinn

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