My Declaration

My Declaration

I am in Orlando at The Academy of American Family Physicians National Convention. The conference just ended today. What a wonderful experience! The theme of the convention was to Never Stop. Physicians from all over the country expressed what they will never stop doing for their patients. They will never stop caring, will never stop learning, will never stop listening, will never stop going the extra distance, and will never stop being empathetic. It was amazing to see 5000 post…

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Mindful Words

Mindful Words

Do the words meditation or mindfulness scare you? Do you have a negative reaction if someone encourages you to meditate in order to reduce the stress in your life? Are you an individual that believes only Buddhist monks can meditate? Do you feel that it is against your religious beliefs to meditate? Let’s think about other ways to define mindfulness. The ancient Sanskrit word SATI is defined as the ability to observe things with bare awareness. The ability to observe…

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The Mindfulness Breakthrough Book Review

The Mindfulness Breakthrough Book Review

This is my first review on a product about mindfulness. I just finished reading: The Mindfulness Breakthrough: The revolutionary Approach to Dealing with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression. This is a book about mindfulness written by Sarah Silverton. She is currently a mindfulness teacher and trainer at The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University. The book is broken down into 2 parts and a total of 9 chapters: Part One: Understanding mindfulness Introducing Mindfulness Paying Attention Mindfully Practicing Mindfulness…

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Mindful Listening Exercise

Mindful Listening Exercise

How often do you truly listen to people when they are speaking? A simple mindful listening exercise can lead to revelations about how people communicate with each other. Most people have good intentions when they are attempting to listen to someone speaking to them. They want to listen. They want to understand what the other individual is trying to relate. However, thoughts in the mind get in the way. Instead of listening when being spoken to, the mind wanders off…

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Mindfulness Breathing Exercise

Mindfulness Breathing Exercise

Here is a simple mindfulness breathing exercise that only takes 5 minutes to complete. I perform this exercise several times a day. It can be done in almost any situation. The beauty of it is that nobody will even know you are doing it. ————————————————————————————————————– Breath in slowly through your nose for 10 seconds and then breath out slowly through your mouth for 15 seconds. As you breath in and out focus on the air passing into your nostrils and…

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Bao Bao the Panda Bear Being Present in the Moment

Bao Bao the Panda Bear Being Present in the Moment

Things you can learn from a panda bear. I was at the National Zoological Park in Washington D.C. today. I saw a great example of a panda bear being present in the moment. I was at the panda bear exhibit and was watching Bao Bao, one of the panda bears, eating his bamboo. Despite being surrounded by about a hundred onlookers, Bao Bao was totally absorbed in eating bamboo. Bao Bao was not worried about what his observers were thinking….

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Doing versus Being

Doing versus Being

Doing Human beings are consumed with doing. From the moment humans awake, till the time humans go to sleep, the mind constantly directs us to do things. Taking out the trash, balancing the check book, checking our email, watching television, talking to our friends or family members, completing endless tasks at work,  and taking our kids to their activities, are just a few of the infinite possible tasks on our daily schedules. For some, the thought stream is very logical…

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Welcome

Welcome

Hey everyone. I am David and I have a passion about creating peace, contentment, joy, and happiness in my life as well as in the lives of all human beings. I am a family physician for over 24 years. I work with patients every day who seem unhappy, anxious, unfulfilled, depressed, and miserable. Somewhere along the way, they have lost their passion for living. Their purpose in life has disappeared. They are caught in the daily “rat race” of working…

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