Peace, Healing, Beginning

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PEACE THROUGH ACCEPTANCE
To contemplate September 11th
Speech by Swami Vivekanada
Still Harbor Blog

In memory of the tragedy that struck 12 years ago and in recognition of the current political and moral dilemmas confronting the world today, we invite you to reflect on the powerful words of Swami Vivekanada. His call to end to hatred, violence, and destruction is as resonant now as it was when he shared it on this day 120 years ago: “I fervently hope that the bell that tolled this morning in honor of this convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal.”

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HEALING THROUGH CONNECTION
Reflections from Residency: When patients are more than their data
by Dr. Joshua Liao
The Boston Globe

What makes you feel healed and cared for? Though difficult to measure, Dr. Liao shares that “ultimately, the rituals of doctoring — of affirming suffering and showing support in word, posture, and attitude; of active listening; of offering personal opinions when probabilities are too cold and sterile — are still needed.” This reflection reminds us that while measurements of quality as currently defined by our healthcare system can be important, the practice of providing health care, first and foremost, requires human connection.

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BEGINNING WITH FORGIVENESS
Practicing Forgiveness
by Alison Laichter
Huffington Post Blog

New beginnings – marked by seasonal, academic or religious calendars – offer a special time for receiving and offering forgiveness. Laichter reminds us of the power of forgiveness while also acknowledging that “it can be unbearable to feel responsible for the suffering of others, and it’s also frightening to allow ourselves to be vulnerable enough to open our heart and forgive someone who has hurt us.” Read this article to learn some simple tips on practicing forgiveness of others and of ourselves.

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