Deepak Chopra Wants You to Have a More Meaningful Life

Deepak Chopra

Great wisdom and messages in general and in many different aspects of life and the world. I love that he is embracing the world’s challenges in a direct way now and making the connection between inner and outer peace. However, when he highlights the importance of keeping “his center on his identity and not that … Read more

The Future of Mindfulness

The Future of Mindfulness

Mindfulness is only a starting point. We could analogize it to God or Faith. We can be devoted with a very dear part of ourselves, but the question is how much is this integrated into our life? We can go to church on Sundays, but not practice or express our faith during the week. We … Read more

Meditation, Mindfulness Hold Promise for Pain Treatment, Curbing Opioid Use

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Mindfulness and meditation is going to help anyone that is open to it with a broad array of benefits in dealing with life issues including pain care and opioids. This is a tool that is among what I would call the invaluables.

Meditation Image #1The even greater issue for most people in today’s world of pain care relates to an unintended boomerang effect of the overdosing from the use of opioids. This has made it almost impossible for the doctor’s need for self-protection from litigation leading to prescribing an inadequate dose of pain killers under many painful circumstances.

I have been a party and health care advocate to at least 25 people in the last few years who haven’t been able to easily receive the pain medication they need to deal with surgeries, ongoing severe arthritis, and injuries. The doctors and patients are in a precarious double bind, because the overdosing and abuse has led to the over-conservative dosing of legitimate pain post-surgery or with severe ongoing conditions. This places the burden on good communication with the doctor and patient.

It is worthwhile for all of us to meet with a pain doctor or surgeon ahead of time if possible to give a history to clarify whether you have a history of addiction or not. It is vital that we all become better advocates for ourselves or get the support of someone who is inclined to not be a “victim” of the doctor’s understandable need for self-protection. In addition, there is the need to establish set communication methods up with the doctors post-surgery as it is all too common that the doctors are so busy that hours and days of extra unbearable pain can be a consequence.

Fortunately, and recently, doctors finally have a central number that they can call to make sure that patients are not taking pain killers or other medications. This creates interactions that allows for the doctors to take the time to be safer and to give an appropriate patient the amount of medication to take care of the legitimate pain. This applies all too often at the end of life as well, which is important for us and for our loved ones to be prepared to advocate and communicate at this time of greatest need.

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5 Reasons Your Company Should be Investing in Mindfulness Training

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Mindfulness isn’t just good for us as individuals. Here’s how it can help your company grow.

Mindfulness TrainingIt completely makes sense to bring mindfulness into the workplace. How could it not help to have more peace, sensitivity and cooperation? There isn’t a part of society or life that wouldn’t benefit from greater mindfulness whether it is business, education, politics, psychology or the endless humanitarian concerns of our world.

The underemphasized part of mindfulness is the importance of being able to acknowledge mindlessness where we each have lost contact with a given moment and our capacity to be present. It is very paradoxical in that the more we can be mindful the more we will also have the capacity to acknowledge and address the emotions and parts of our psyche that are unaware. It is vital that in this relatively new and growing culture of mindfulness that its sister component is the honesty and awareness to talk about how we each catch ourselves being absent and to see the patterns in our lives.

It is beneficial to value this seeing of how we are unaware without getting caught in judging ourselves. The greatest combination is mindfulness and a validation of increasing humility and courage to acknowledge where we have lapses of attention. This balance will support us to just be transparent with a more open heart and humor without endangering ourselves by idealizing having arrived at mindfulness. All of us will always remain being human and mindfulness is a great asset when balanced with valuing our foibles at the same time.

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