Part 3 of a 3 part Blog Series
When I finished my psychiatry training and began working in private practice, it baffled me why some people weren’t reaching the potential they wanted.
They said to me, “I’ve already talked about this, why aren’t I feeling better?”
After reflecting on this, I agreed.
It was clear there was more possible for them, and it wasn’t changing just by them talking about it.
I started searching for alternative skills to include in my approach and to deepen my own search for depth of meaning in life.
Working long hours took a toll on me, and I used to joke, saying, “I feel like a Pez dispenser.” It felt like people came to me, opening their mouths and asking for a pill. This exchange was disheartening.
The traditional medical model is “If you’ve got a problem, take a pill.”
I’m not saying that pills and medicine aren’t helpful, but there’s a time and a place for everything. Sometimes it’s as simple as knowing that there are other options and having a way to access them.
I felt frustrated with the old model and thought about leaving medicine and psychiatry. I had worked hard to complete my medical training and specialization. I had close to $100,000 of student loan debt to pay off, and I felt burnt out.
I felt drawn to meditation. I didn’t know much about it but had heard good things about it. I attended a weekend workshop called Awakening the Third Eye run by the Clairvision School, and I felt a sense of joy and ease that had seemed to evade me. My energy picked up after doing a restorative sleep practice in the workshop.
I was so impressed with how IST helped me feel better. I didn’t quite understand it but I felt a sense of peace. I liked how I felt during and after the sessions.
I realized that this process was the missing link, the piece that could take my patients’ searching for peace and calm, meaning and joy to another level.
Click here to read more about the Inner Space Techniques of meditation in a 3 part Blog Series explaining what they are, how they work and why I use them.