Articles written by me on Self-care and Palliative Medicine
On Self-Care & Palliative Medicine


May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.
And so may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life.

-John O'Donohue

Stephen Hines, M.D.

Anything but Linear

My perspective on life events, on the journey which has brought me to this point, is anything but linear. There have been major twists, turns, and forks in the road. There have been closed doors and open windows. There have been times of encompassing joy and spirals into deep despair.

So, for me, hindsight is a dynamic swirl of lessons-learned—memories spawned by interconnected thought and emotion. As I rejuvenate this website, a multicolored spiral could be the only heart-felt choice for a logo depicting hinesite2020.

The two colors, green and purple, were intentionally chosen for their significance as well. Purple is one of my favorite colors and happens to be the hue of the Crown Chakra. Green is the color of medicine and also the color associated with the Heart Chakra. Certainly heart and wisdom/awareness are inextricably linked in life’s journey.

"Still point of the turning world"

Between the hindsight-rich experiential swirl of the past and the spiral of future insights and events, is our present. I conceive this space to be the “still point of the turning world”. This image has resonated with me and become my metaphor for the present ever since I first read the phrase in T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets.

As I’ve matured, I’m increasingly aware of the power and potential of this space of stillness. Lao-Tzu expresses this thought beautifully in Tao-te-Ching:

Do you have the patience to wait
till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
till the right action arises by itself?

Welcome to, circa 2016.

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