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Musing on Music

“Music, uniquely among the arts, is both completely abstractand profoundly emotional. It has no power to represent anythingparticular or external, but it has a unique power to express innerstates or feelings. Music can pierce the heart directly;it needs no mediation.”  -Oliver Sacks, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and Brain Som Sabadell flashmob – Banco Sabadellhttps://youtu.be/GBaHPND2QJg?si=eFBNp_VSZovKs-4m

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The Delayed Gratification Trap

Are you stuck in the Marshmallow Experiment? Medical education and training can deliver rewards and satisfaction in terms of achievement, increasing competency and patient interaction, but it is also an exercise in significant sacrifice and delayed gratification. Such things as time, money, relationships, leisure activities are put on hold in service of becoming and growing as

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Escaping the Soul-Sucking Vortex of a Toxic Workplace

It’s likely that all of us have, at some point in our careers, worked in a toxic workplace. Workplaces where the leadership is either willfully ignorant or consciously complicit in implementing policies that create breeding grounds of cutthroat competitiveness, loneliness, exhaustion and misery. We have many rational reasons for staying in a toxic workplace. Professor

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What Ancient Greek Tragedies Can Teach Us About Healing

“The ancient Greeks knew that there had to be a time and place for people who had experienced violence and death to be given permission and empowered to acknowledge their emotions, collectively as a community.” “The word amphitheater in ancient Greek means the ‘the place where we see in both directions.’ In the amphitheater, I

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