Meaning in the Mundane: Finding Synchronicity in Everyday Life

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by Lenora Deslandes When discussing the concept of enlightenment, Deepak Chopra describes two indications that transformation is taking place. First, one stops worrying and simply accepts what is. Second, one has more and more experiences of synchronicities and coincidences. While I am far from being worry-free, and certainly far from enlightenment, I have experienced the magical role that synchronicity can…

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The Things We Carry: A Portrait of Narrative Medicine

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by Annie Robinson, M.S. Narrative Medicine They carried steaming cups of deli coffee, worn shoulder bags stuffed with papers and snacks and sweaters, bright yellow Metrocards, and buzzing cell phones. They carried worry lines on their foreheads. They carried stress and fatigue from work. They carried regret about how little time they were able to spend with their families this week….

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Journeys with a Shaman

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By Adam Rindfleisch, MD If they don’t take time to explore, people passing through my old stomping grounds in southeastern Idaho might not fully grasp the beauty of the Lost River Valley. The Rocky Mountains rise straight up from the high sagebrush desert and the lava flows.  There are countless places to explore.  In fact, mountains are so numerous and…

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Integrative Health: Working Together (A Doctor’s Journey)

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By Kathryn Hayward, MD  co-founder of International Integrators  The image that life’s journey involves a flowing river appeals to me. We start upstream and travel downstream, encountering crystal clear calm pools, gentle and placid currents, warm eddies, whitewater rapids,waterfalls, ice, boulders, fallen trees, muck, rusty cans, old tires, and pollution. We greet some creatures, and dodge others: fish, amphibians, insects,…

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