Dr. Who? Dr. You! Your Collaborative Role

For the past few weeks, I have been doing a three minute mindfulness reading each morning from Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book Mindfulness for Beginners: reclaiming the present moment and your life. Wow! This mornings reading resonated a little more deeply for me and initiated action.

“There are vast public debates about how to pay for health care, but what the “care” itself consists of, or even what constitutes robust health and how it can be maintained and restored, often receives far less scrutiny and even less action.

Under such circumstances, it is only wise to take on a degree of responsibility for one’s own health and well-being. In fact, this kind of personal engagement in one’s own health is an essential element of the new vision of medicine and health care, a much more participatory model in which the patient plays an important collaborative role in mobilizing his or her interior resources for healing to whatever degree possible” (p49).

I am no stranger to efforts at self care for body, mind, and spirit. But a public initiative has come to my attention lately that prompted me to be able to reach others in my county in a bigger way. This morning I filled out an application to be a provider in the Healthy Howard program. Healthy Howard is an initiative that’s unique to Maryland and the region. They bring together all facets of the community to create a public health model that can improve the health and well being of every resident. And this includes organizations and companies offering health, fitness, and mindfulness programs to their employees.

Let’s stay motivated to optimize our own health and well being! Are you with me? Just take one step this week.

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