Greetings my gentle readers to another week’s installment of the “Be Yourself, Often” blog. As always this is a time when we can sit and in quiet meditative mindful reflection look at the week that was and realize the impact of the decisions that we have made. As we touched on in our blog last week, too often people will assign blame to other people, and embrace as was stated by Eckhart Tolle as our “pain-body” and the role of victim, vs active participant in our life.
Unfortunately, this is often falsely convicting another party, which inherently will have to establish changes in boundaries, changes in verbal, as well as changes in non-verbal responses to that individual and similar situations in the future. This is your altar that is changing. You hurt, they hurt…everyone hurts.
Too often have you looked at somebody and made a preconceived notion or judgment about them? They look like a bum because they are not clean? They look smart because they wear glasses? They look like they have money or credible because they have clean designer clothes? Indeed, way too often this is done. Our evidence is filtered through an improper lens which causes not evidence informed decisions but rather emotional-based decisions. We will discuss evidence-based emotions next week.
However, going back to evidence informed that living. In being able to ground and connect with higher spirits through prayer, healthy diet, exercise and play then we can understand what is important to our spiritual connection. When we do not fill ourselves with the detritus of society and societal dictates or the man’s, we are more able to be free and make an appropriately informed decision. Per wet, we are not mere puppets of a Western culture.
Other clouds and filters that may impact on your ability to make a decision include unhealthy living or filling your life full of stuff that are not relevant to positive long-term objectives. They may be items, tangibles, ideas, beliefs or constructs. This may even include sacrificing your inner self and existing belief structures in order to be someone else, or by someone else’s objectives for you. At the end of the day, there is very little you in there. Across time, the whole organism that is YOU is bound to, in fact has to change with the constant onslaught of challenges. Welcome to the jaded world! SO emotionally driven and hormone mediated, while at the same time often not believing how much control you really HAD in the situation.
So in order to make an evidence informed decision, which will drive, a more positive, evidence informed life then we need to be at one with our spirit. We need to know our biases. We need to live a purpose driven life. There needs to be an awareness of our gifts and how they can translate into helping ourselves help ourselves help others. At this point, we can read the evidence and the impact as it occurs and understand how our subconscious has made the decisions that it has.
This is not a hard thing to do. It is about prayer, diet, healthy living, and play. There is indeed a balance rooted in a strong Spiritual foundation to build upon. It is about not assigning bias, nor blame and indeed assigning a healthy role to the moment. Life is not always a paranoid individual’s constant dream of conspiracies! There are players and victims, heroes and villains and a more open-minded approach and embracing the gestalt of the situation helps so much. It means, even when it is hard, that you might be not correct. Notice that the word “wrong” was not used.
How can this life be wrong or when there are so many miracles and gifts that exist within it? If we embrace our life as a gift in the present, rooted in mindfulness, then we should be able to truly be yourself, often.
He graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Pharmacy with a Bachelors in Pharmacy in 1991. Subsequent diplomas include Adult Psychology (Honours), Child Psychology (Honours) and Police Sciences (1993-1998). He has lectured and given presentations extensively at a regional, national and international level. Publications include a range in both depth and breadth of psychopharmacology and general consultant psychiatry issues plus patient safety issues and concerns. These presentations mirror and interface work done in the clinical settings, research, live and recorded presentations.
Further interests include reviewing the patient on a bio-psycho-social model and defining the relationship which dovetails into a lecture series regarding stress management. With almost 100 journal, impact paper, patient centered opinion, consultant reviews and research posters to his credit over the past few years, his most recent venture is co-authouring a chapter entitled "Person Centered Approaches to Psychopharmacology for People with Serious Mental Illness" being published by Radcliffe (UK) under the title Serious Mental Illnesses:Patient-Centered Approaches in 2011 (ISBN 978 1 84619 306 4). He has 320 presentations to his credit at the beginning of July 2010, presenting over 70 times in 2009 alone to a variety of interest groups, physicians and allied health on a variety of psychopharmacological and psychosocial areas.
Teaching areas of focus include patient centered learning for physicians which encompass Introduction to Medicine, Musculoskeletal System and Infectious Diseases (first year) and Gynecology, Respirology and Emergency Medicine (second year). For third year medical students he teaches psychopharmacology and for post-graduate residents and psychiatrists is involved with interfacing medicine issues in psychiatry. In continuing education post graduate, he is currently the outgoing Chair of the Advisory Committee on CME for UWO and sits on the Appointments and Promotions Board in the Department of Psychiatry, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry , UWO.
His Accreditations Canada focus is primarily in medication management and medication reconciliation, plus safe and effective delivery of these systems, processes and adherence by hospitals across Canada to these Required Organizational Practices (ROPs).