What personal values have changed for you over time?
The biggest thing for me is compassion. Having compassion for myself is very challenging for me. I find it easier to be compassionate to my patients, my staff, my loved ones than I do, deep down, to myself.
But it’s a huge personal value for me, because I was my own worst critic. I was trying to do so much in achieving and succeeding by all these criteria I had. It was really when I started to see myself in a far kinder, more compassionate light, that I would just say to myself, like, Are you just trying your best? Just ease up. – Dr. Sally Safa
What drives you to honor your values when it’s difficult to do so?
“Being true to myself and having self-compassion.”
“Knowing that everyone is fighting their own battles.”
“I want people to be honest, so I need to be honest myself.”
“I owe it to my family to be my best, because they rely on me.”
“Remembering the web of connection: What we do to one person affects others.”
“My hope and belief that if I follow through with those values, I can help make the world just a little bit better.”
What values do you live by every day?
“Helping and uplifting others, and gratitude, joy, and love.”
“Fairness, kindness, and integrity, which I express through loving-kindness meditation: May I be kind to myself and others; May I show fairness in my behavior and decisions; And may I demonstrate integrity in my actions.”
“Honesty, willingness to keep communication open in both my personal and professional life, love for nature and animals, and really appreciating the time I have.”
“Kindness. I act by giving whatever I can to whomever needs it. The reciprocity of a smile or simply the act itself is worth more to me than what I have given, every time. We are both rewarded.”
Bear Dance, MT
Has mindfulness helped you succeed at sticking to your principles?
93% say yes, they feel it has helped.
7% say they don’t think so.
What’s a ritual you do that helps you connect to your inner power?
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