Mindfulness and Mindful Practice


By Parkash T. Mansukhani, MD, FPCP, FPCCP, FBAPI

Mindfulness is present moment, nonjudgmental awareness with heartfulness. It is a form of mental training which develops the awareness to pause and respond with greater clarity, insight and wisdom instead of reacting impulsively. Mindfulness makes it easier to savor life’s pleasures as they occur and be truly present with our loved ones, others and ourselves.

Research has shown that if practiced regularly, mindfulness can improve health and wellbeing, reduce anxiety and depression, increase concentration and improve one’s ability to cope with stress in daily life.

As a life skill, mindfulness can be applied to just about any life situation.

Mindful Practice develops skills of attentive observation, critical curiosity, beginner’s mind and presence. These skills are central to the self-awareness that clinicians require in order to understand and respond to patients’ needs, to maintain their skills, prevent errors and work within a healthcare team.

Research from the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) has shown that mindful practice contributes to quality of care and caring, increased physician mindfulness, wellbeing and resilience.

Since 2016, we have been teaching Mindful Practice to the 4th Year medical students of the Davao Medical School Foundation. This includes six modules of 2.5 hours each, mirroring the required curriculum at the URMC:

1. Introduction to Mindfulness and Mindful Medical Practice
2. Noticing
3. How Doctor’s Think
4. Professionalism
5. Self-Care and Burnout
6. Being with Suffering

The interactive format of each module includes a 15-25 min talk, guided contemplative practices, narrative medicine and inquiry.

Mindfulness is best experienced than just talked about.

For more information on Mindfulness, visit the website http://www.mindfulness.ph/

For any questions or concerns, feel free to reach Dr. Mansukhani at parkashman@gmail.com

Aug 2018 Health and Lifestyle

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