The Healing Zone can be considered a First Aid Kit for medical practitioners. Aware of the taxing daily demands the medical profession has on a physical as well as mental and emotional level , the Altruism in Medicine Institute is presenting tools and resources to counterbalance negativity and stress.
We hope that The Healing Zone will be a place of support, reflection and study.
PLEASE HELP US to develop new tools and programs by giving us feedback through this survey designed for medical professionals..
For all of us in the medical profession, the great level of responsibility, endless stressors and long hours can be daunting. Getting back to center, keeping our inner core strong and balanced, is vital in maintaining our mental as well as physical health. The Breath Zone is focusing on meditation as a tool to stay and get back to center.
- Meditation Sessions (Audio)
9 Round Breathing
9 Round Breathing is very helpful for a quick calming effect when anxious and stressed out. It is also a great practice first thing in the morning after getting up.
Breath Meditation helps in general to start focusing more on the breath and, thereby, reaching an overall level of being centered, able to tackle stressful situations during medical practice in a continuous fashion.
Compassion Meditation helps us in situations of social anguish and in cases of friction in our daily practice of interacting with patients, families and colleagues.
Caring for others is the greatest mission, but can often leave us drained and disconnected. The Reflection Zone is all about reflecting on and being guided in and through some of the more difficult aspects of our profession.
- Events (Online & Offline)
Retreats for Medical Professionals
Dr. Barry Kerzin introducing the benefits and types of meditation retreats available for Health Care Professionals.
The Brain & Compassion
Introduction and background of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Well being is a Skill
Richard Davidson giving an insight into the effects of Compassion and Kindness within the context of neuroscience.
Dr. Barry Kerzin giving a lecture on emotional hygiene at CCARE at Stanford University. He explains how to use the practice of Compassionate Living to smoothen our emotional states, getting back to center and becoming more resilient.
Happy Brain Hack
Dr. James Doty explains the neurological benefits of Compassion in a very engaging talk at TEDxSacramento.
The Reading Zone is all about catching up with exciting topics around compassion and altruism in medicine. We have curated a few excellent titles for you, hoping they will guide you in creating more mental space, clarity and satisfaction in your daily healing endeavors.
- Audio Books
Compassion: Bridging Practice and Science.
Singer, T. (2013)
The free eBook: Compassion. Bridging Practice and Science by Tania Singer andMatthias Bolz describes existing secular compassion training programs and empirical research as well as the experiences of practitioners. It includes two chapters by AIMI’s founder Dr. Barry Kerzin.
Tibetan Buddhist Prescription for Happiness
Kerzin, B. (2011)
Including ‘Practicing Compassion in the Medical Environment’, ‘The Practice of Meditation’ and various topics being discussed in a Q&A section such as ‘Life and Death’, ‘Emptiness’, ‘Anger’ and more.
Ricard, M. (2015)
In this major work, Matthieu Ricard presents a global vision based on decades of personal experience and insight, a road map for the 21st century. It is a fresh outlook on an ardent struggle, and one that just might make the world a better place by simultaneously benefiting ourselves and our society.
Essential Mind Training
Jinpa, T. (2011)
The key to happiness is not the eradication of all problems but rather the development of a mind capable of transforming any problem into a cause of happiness. Essential Mind Training is full of guidance for cultivating new mental habits for mastering our thoughts and emotions.
Full Catastrophy Living
Kabat-Zinn, J. (2013)
Based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s renowned mindfulness-based stress reduction program, this classic, groundbreaking work shows you how to use medically proven mind-body approaches derived from meditation and yoga to counteract stress, establish greater balance of body and mind, and stimulate well-being and healing.
Dalai Lama, Ekman, P. (2008)
In this unparalleled series of conversations, the Dalai Lama and Ekman prod and push toward answers to the central questions of emotional experience. What are the sources of hate and compassion? And more…
How to See Yourself as You Really Are.
Dalai Lama, Hopkins, J. (2007)
How to See Yourself As You Really Are is based on a fundamental Buddhist belief that love and insight work together to bring about enlightenment, like two wings of a bird. It provides a new perspective on the psychological problems of hurting ourselves through misguided, exaggerated notions of self, others, events and physical things.