I like to think I have an analytical mind. I've built a career in accounting and finance, with side interests in technology and programming, and I've worked with health-related organizations for a number of years. Given that context, what I'm about to share may come as a surprise.
Daily meditation has had a greater impact on my wellbeing than any pharmaceutical drug or diagnostic test. It has also been a valuable resource in my professional life. Best of all, it costs nothing but my own time and dedication.
In our quest for the "quick fix," we may overlook the power of mindfulness. As often as we talk about engaging patients in their own care, we may not recognize the potential for healing within ourselves.
Migraines and epilepsy have run in my family. I was young when my migraines began, and I was given opioids to treat them from age 12 on. Sometimes I had to visit the emergency room for higher doses of morphine to find pain relief. My epilepsy required me to undergo semiannual electroencephalograms (EEGs) to maintain my driver's license, and to take medications that had negative effects on my personality. Yet all of this seemed normal and sustainable until I found a better solution.