Happy #GivingTuesday to our global mindful living community.
In the United States, we have just witnessed the unique holiday weekend. Families and friends unite on the Thanksgiving holiday to share a traditional meal and gratitude.
For many Americans, Thanksgiving is followed by a search for bargains in the stores on Black Friday and online during cyber Monday. It is too easy to forget the gratitude we felt over our Thanksgiving meals and replace it with a shopping warrior mentality.
In 2012, #GivingTuesday was launched for the Tuesday after Thanksgiving as a movement to create a national day of giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season. It was started by 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation as an anecdote to the materialism that Black Friday represents in the United States.
Happy Thanksgiving to the members of our global mindful living community celebrating this week in the United States.
This is not a Black Friday sales pitch (I am tired of those emails too).
Mindset Matters is my program based in neuroscience, mindfulness, and positive psychology. Step three of this program is adopting an attitude of gratitude.
There is not better time to discuss a gratitude practice than Thanksgiving.
Let's talk about how we can express gratitude beyond Thanksgiving.
What does brain science shows us gratitude can create in our minds and our lives?
And the most common question I have been hearing from clients, how can we stay grateful if a family member is getting under your skin at the holidays?
When was the last time you received genuine appreciation or gratitude from your boss or your partner? If you had to furrow your brows, take a few breaths and try to remember...you are not alone. We all have been there.
When I left my traditional medical job in Arizona 18 months ago, the CEO of the hospital thanked me for all the work I had done for patients with epilepsy including the children. I began to cry, and the CEO started to shift in his seat uncomfortably and search for a tissue box. I expressed to him that in over ten years in the traditional medical system, I had never had a boss, supervisor, or hospital administration express gratitude. They were tears of joy as much as tears of shock.
When I work with corporate clients or clients in my clinic who cite job-related stress as their biggest problem, I hear the same story. They often state that they would forgo a pay raise or bonus during troubled economic times in lieu of simple and genuine gratitude.
How would a left-brained doctor define intuition? I hear this question often after people watch my TEDx talk discussing connecting to the inner soul compass, or our intuitive self. Intuition is defined as knowledge or wisdom that inherently is present in a person without the use of reasoning, analysis or judgement.
A modern day psychology theory discussed by Malcolm Gladwell in his book, Blink, modern day psychology defines intuition to encompass the ability to know valid solutions to problems and quick decision-making skills based on experience.
Why is being in tune with our intuitive selves so important, especially in modern times? In today’s society, it is critical to return to our intuition because we are surrounded by distractions that can mask our inner wisdom. Examples of these distractions are social media, the internet, smartphones, and chronic sleep deprivation. When we are not in touch with our intuition, we are often led down a path in life we would not have chosen for ourselves in our careers, matters of health and relationships.
The workshop taught by Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD will focus on her uniquely developed “Mindset Matters” program based on the neuroscience and medical evidence on healing with mindfulness-based therapies.
This unique five-step program teaches clients how to start a mindful practice, and take mindfulness from the meditation mat to a mindful way of living. This therapy is effective for people suffering from stress-based illnesses such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, and chronic fatigue. Stress-based illness are what provide challenges in healing individuals and couples. Dr. Romie will provide an overview of the science and medical evidence of how the practice of the five-steps of “Mindset Matters” can shape meaningful and lasting change in the way we communicate in relationships.