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“Most of us lead far more meaningful lives than we know. Often finding meaning is not about doing things differently; it is about seeing familiar things in new ways.”

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Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. is Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF School of Medicine and the Founder and Director of the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness at Commonweal. She is one of the pioneers of Relationship Centered Care and Integrative Medicine. US News and World Report Best Graduate Schools has called The Healer’s Art, her groundbreaking curriculum for medical students “A profoundly innovative curriculum on reintegrating the heart and soul into contemporary medicine and restoring medicine to its integrity as a calling and a work of healing.” The Healer’s Art is now taught yearly in more than half of American medical schools and in medical schools in seven countries abroad. Dr. Remen has been awarded three honorary degrees in recognition of her contribution to medical education and has been the invited speaker at more than two dozen medical school graduations.

Dr. Remen was one of the first to recognize and document the psychological and spiritual impact of cancer on people and their families.  She is a co-founder and medical director of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program, one of the first support groups for cancer patients in America, featured in the groundbreaking 1993 Bill Moyer’s PBS series Healing and the Mind. Through her television appearances and lectures, she has reminded many thousands of people of their power to grow beyond their current challenges and heal themselves.

The Institute for the Study of Health and Illness (ISHI), founded and directed by Dr. Remen, has award-winning post graduate education programs for health professionals that have enabled many thousands of doctors, nurses, psychologists and social workers nationwide to remember their common calling and reintegrate their deepest service values into their daily work.

Dr. Remen’s New York Times bestselling books, Kitchen Table Wisdom and My Grandfather’s Blessings have sold more than a million copies and been translated into 22 languages. Dr. Remen has a 60-year personal history of Crohn’s disease and her teaching and writing is a unique synthesis of the wisdom and courage of physician and patient.

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    Rachel Naomi Remen, MD: Touched By The Goddess

    by Rachel Naomi Remen, MD: Yesterday I was going through some boxes in my garage when I came across an unlabeled box.  It was full of very old pictures. This picture was on the top. And thereby hangs a tale… [...]

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    The Power of Wholeness

    1/11/13 by Rachel Naomi Remen: In 1962 when I graduated from Medical School the goal of medicine was cure. Anything less was considered failure. Yet many things that bring people to us cannot be cured. Fortunately cure is not the only [...]

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    Becoming a Blessing

    by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.: A blessing is not something that one person gives another. A blessing is a moment of meeting, a certain kind of relationship where both people involved remember and acknowledge their true nature and worth, and [...]

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    Embracing Life: Rachel Remen’s Story

    by Niki Collins-Queen: Rachel Naomi Remen learned to listen from painful beginnings, eventually sharing stories in books, a counseling practice and storytelling workshops.  After graduating from medical school she became a pediatrician because she was intensely interested in how people [...]

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    An Interview with Rachel Remen, M.D.

    by Dennis Hughes: Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen is one of the earliest pioneers in the mind/body health field, and was one of the first to develop a psychological approach to people with life-threatening illnesses and educate their physicians about their [...]


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Quotes

1. “Wounding and healing are not opposites. They're part of the same thing. It is our wounds that enable us to be compassionate with the wounds of others. It is our limitations that make us kind to the limitations of other people. It is our loneliness that helps us to to find other people or to even know they're alone with an illness. I think I have served people perfectly with parts of myself I used to be ashamed of. ”
2. “Most of us lead far more meaningful lives than we know. Often finding meaning is not about doing things differently; it is about seeing familiar things in new ways. ” 
3. “The most basic and powerful way to connect to another person is to listen. Just listen. Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention…. A loving silence often has far more power to heal and to connect than the most well-intentioned words. ” 
4. “Perhaps wisdom is simply a matter of waiting, and healing a question of time. And anything good you've ever been given is yours forever."
5. “When we know ourselves to be connected to all others, acting compassionately is simply the natural thing to do. ” 
6. “Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence in us, not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal. The sort of silence that is a place of refuge, of rest, of acceptance of someone as they are. We are all hungry for this other silence. It is hard to find. In its presence we can remember something beyond the moment, a strength on which to build a life. Silence is a place of great power and healing.” 
7. “Life offers its wisdom generously. Everything teaches. Not everyone learns.” 
 

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