Something within us doesn’t feel good enough or worthy enough unless we’re devoted to helping others. We don’t believe that we’re good, valuable, or worthy, not because of any external action but because we have within us a spark of the Divine which makes us inherently worthy. So we go out and help people.
If you’re a cognitive validator, you can’t validate the soul with cognition. You can validate cognition with the soul, but not the opposite. We must use the cognitive mind as a servant of the soul rather than the soul being okayed by the cognitive mind.
No matter how criticism is delivered, the ego hates to be criticized. It likes to respond to criticism with defensiveness, anger, or self-flagellation. But if you’re able to receive criticism as your Inner Pilot Light, rather than as your ego, there are ways to let criticism help you.
The vision I now hold in my mind of a healed health care system is crystal clear. In a healed health care system, the healer-patient relationship is the diamond at the core of health care. Everything else is in service to the healer-patient relationship.
I remember, when I was in medical school, telling people I’d probably grow bored with medicine in ten years and wind up going to law school. I figured, after ten years of practicing law, I’d maybe take up journalism or work for a publishing company.
As a physician, I’ve been exposed to a variety of wellness models, most of them pie charts and pyramids detailing what it takes to be optimally healthy – a nutritious diet, an exercise regimen, enough sleep – you catch my drift.
In many of my blog posts, I’ve been suggesting that the only way we’re going to heal health care is to reclaim medicine’s heart and bring love back to the healing process. So I agree with Leape. Disrespect simply isn’t loving – and it runs rampant in hospital cultures.
You probably know that having a toxic job that stresses you out and sucks the soul out of you isn’t exactly good for you. Anyone who has ever gotten a migraine after a deal went bad or stiff shoulders after the boss criticized him can attest to that. But did you realize that work stress can actually kill you?
When things don’t go the way we plan, we can easily spin into a series of unnecessary and unproductive stress responses—or we can be proactive and choose to abort the thoughts that poison our bodies and turn off our innate self-healing processes.