I am wanting this issue addressed out of my time in medical school. How to make conscientious decisions as a person entering their profession about how to live well — not get rich and get out — but to really have a decent life while being a physician. It’s really the same question I’d be asking regardless of the field I’m entering. 


Easy Workday Lunch

Easy Workday Lunch

The basic Ayurvedic principle that this lunch practice plays to is that warm, homecooked meals are good for the soul. Come on. Our moms have been telling us this for years. So, in this version, you simply pre-cook some foods very briefly in the morning, and then pour the still-boiling brew into a thermos that it sealed for lunch, 4-hours later. 

The basic set-up is the same as what as in this link. You can play with the grains (red lentil and rice is used in the linked recipe), spices (fennel, cumin and coriander are good base spices in Ayurveda), and veggies. A general principle is to “eat what the body needs.” If it is needing some extra fire, maybe add a firy spice. If you are needing to cool it and ground it, perhaps something cooling and grounding. 

Feeling the Inward Body

Feeling the Inward Body

I’ve encountered practices that use body awareness as either part of an inventory or processing or noticing experience. In meditation or a restful, aware state, one can look at the body and notice how and where thoughts, feelings, and emotions are emanating through the body. This type of awareness is often challenging during anxiety- and fear- triggering situations where I tend to close down. But developing an ease and comfort working with the body during a daily meditation practice is helpful for noticing sooner and more subtly where I am at in any given moment.