“This is the season when people of all faiths and cultures are pushing back against the planetary darkness. We string bulbs, ignite bonfires and light candles. And we sing.” – Anita Diamant
This week's theme: uncertainty
As a family doctor, I have grown accustomed to resting in uncertainty. In complex casework, the patient often leaves my office with a plan, but no diagnosis. This is stressful; however, uncertainty isn’t a bad thing. I have learned that uncertainty is an opportunity to exercise focus, patience and calm.
COVID-19 is complex, and right now it has us all feeling uncertain. We are still learning about omicron, the new variant. Here’s what we know so far:
Researchers are racing against time to get the information we need to fight the new variant. Here are their (and my) top questions:
So here we are, resting together in uncertain times. Think of uncertainty as a way to be curious, present and open. By resting with uncertainty, we are able to embrace the seven pillars of mindfulness: non-judging, patience, beginner’s mind, trust, non-striving, acceptance and letting go.
Matt Mullane, MD MPH
If you don’t personally celebrate Hanukkah, maybe you have a friend or family member who has been celebrating this week. The Jewish festival started on Nov. 28 and will end on Dec. 6. Many celebrants meditate on the flames of the menorah candles during the eight days of Hanukkah.
Light a candle for meditation. What do you notice? Where do your thoughts go? If you are feeling uncertain, can you find peace with your uncertainty?Share on facebook Share Share on twitter Tweet Share on reddit Reddit Share on email Forward
COVID-19 variants are created when the virus mutates during replication in human cells. Vaccines can help prevent new variants from forming. If you or a loved one are unvaccinated, please consider vaccinating now. Kids ages 5 and older can vaccinate now, too.
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