Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. Buddha We are living in conflictual times. Health concerns, political and societal unrest, perhaps financial uncertainty all impact the conflict that so many of us are struggling with. Last week as I was standing in line to cast my absentee ballot, people around me began talking about the illusiveness of peace and how difficult the pandemic … Continue reading Mindful Monday: Peace
On this Mindful Monday, we want to recognize the immense strength of our patients and families. We are inspired every day and are honored to stand by them. Breathe into whatever you are experiencing, may it be anxiety, hope, sadness, or pain, and remember that you are so incredibly strong. Continue reading Mindful Monday: We are strong
“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” – Albert Schweitzer For those who come to Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, we encounter each other in a wide variety of ways: as patients, family members, staff, colleagues, … Continue reading Remembering with Gratitude
Through the ages, poetry slips in and expresses places hidden inside our hearts. In doing so, new pathways burst forth. Plato once wrote, “Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history”. And later, Samuel Beckett penned, “Poets are the sense, philosophers the intelligence of humanity”. Poems are found in the sacred writings of virtually all of the major religions of the world. Poetry helps to … Continue reading Mindful Monday The Peace of Wild Things
Life can be challenging: Unexpected trials, upended plans, suspended dreams, bodies we suddenly can’t trust, needs that seem engulfing, skills that just come up short. Do you relate? Mindboggling as it is, somehow it just helps to know that others can feel the same. Equally as staggering a thought is that somehow, during our times of challenge: We learn new things, we see new entities … Continue reading Mindful Monday: reflections
Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement. ….get up in the morning and look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Begin each day with a grateful heart.~ Abraham Heschel The above quote is one I have above my bathroom mirror. It has known many homes since I first put it up in 1976. Always, it lifts me. … Continue reading Mindful Monday: Begin each day…
Today as we collectively celebrate the end of summer with memories of Labor Day festivities (assuming we are all being wise about those public gatherings during this pandemic era!) and our creative ways to honor this day, may we simply take a few moments to spend in gratitude for: The works of our ancestors whose labor helped pave the way for each of us. The … Continue reading Mindful Monday: About our labor!
“The wounding becomes sacred when we are willing to release our old stories and become the vehicles through which the new story may emerge into time.” ~Jean Houston May we each this day pay attention to the stories we need to release, and to the new stories in us that are indeed emerging. May this be a good week for each of us. Happy Monday! Continue reading Mindful Monday: The story we tell ourselves
Do you have a favorite flower? It is very difficult for me to choose a favorite, for there is such a vast array of floral beauty! I must say, though, that I am perhaps drawn most to the sunflower. What an amazingly stunning flower. They are unusually tall for a flower, some growing to as much as 10 feet tall! When they are growing, they … Continue reading Mindful Monday: Sharing Energy!
As you greet this week, we invite you to reflect on the passages below, which are written by Parker Palmer. All of us know suffering. How we perceive and manage our suffering makes profound difference in our lives. Read. Pause. Breathe. Reflect. Breathe again. And take on the week. “Suffering breaks our hearts, but the heart can break in two different ways. There’s the brittle … Continue reading Mindful Monday – Suffering