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Heart Matters

We can chose to seek the “best possible life” or surrender to gravity that pulls us down and ultimately affects our disposition, mood, state of mind, physical and mental health as well as relationships with others we encounter regularly.  For life to be “in balance” we must strive for mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health.  This program and our focus on it will lead us into a healthly pattern on the journey of life rather than allowing outside circumstances in our world to dictate who we are and how we act. 

As I begin this blog, I speak from the perspective of my own life that includes both success and failure but most of all growth through experiences and through wise counsel including personal  relationships which have greatly impacted my life.  For instance, as a Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon,I have gained wisdom from mentors, colleagues,  nurses, patients and their families.  Each day is an adventure with life lying in balance – ie, life or death for those whom I am honored to care for.  Therefore, as I write this blog, I intend to share my perspectives from a life in medicine which incorporates a vast amount of experience in dealing with physical,mental, emotional and spiritual matters not only in the healthcare arena but in and through my own life struggles.

I have learned much and desire to interchange thoughts and ideas regarding what we deem to be most important in life. 

TOPICS (Suggested)

  • Physical Health – exercise, nutrition, cardiovascular state, appearance, obesity, vitamins, dietary recommendations…
  • Mental Health – state of mind, focus, anxiety, depression, overload syndrome, apathy, personal peace, pyschiatric medications…
  • Emotional Health – response to trials and tribulations in our world, “heirchy of needs”, self actualization, compassion, empathy, genuineness or congruance, character, integrity, humor, temperment, love, passion…
  • Spiritual Health – God, prayer, faith, beliefs, trust, transformation, sin, repentance, servanthood, forgiveness, accountability…

QUESTIONS (Suggested)

  • What is most important to you in your journey through life?
  • What do you stuggle with the most in your life?
  • What barriers prevent you from living your preferred life?
  • What do you most long for to fulfill the emptiness that may be so prevalent in your life?
  • Who are you on the inside and does that match who you are on the outside?
  • What is trust, love?
  • What brings you joy and contentment?
  • Do you pursue goals?  are you driven to succeed?
  • What motivates, inspires you?
  • What hurts the most emotionally?
  • What are your passions?
  • What is your mission statement?
  • etc…

I hope this interactive blog educates, touches you, inspires and motivates us all toward a life that is rich and impacting. 

“TO TOUCH AND BE TOUCHED”

coastal1douglas


7 Responses to “Heart Matters”


  1. 1 WA GR8P NUT
    May 26, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    I aspire to live by the montra in life of “Pay it Forward”. If you haven’t seen the movie, please go rent it; fabulous message within. That montra to me means to help others as others have helped me along the way which ultimately makes the world a better place. It replaces the “what’s in it for me” mentality that we often see in today’s world with one that is driven by people giving to people. I also believe that we all posses the ability to live our lives in this way because in times of tragedy (such as 911, or natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, etc.) we have risen to this occassion with very little pursuasion by others. Although it seems that when the initial “shock” of the disaster is passed we often revert back to our “what’s in it for me” mentality (look at Haiti, how many of you are still aware of the current status or are involved?).

    Life presents us with “journies” of both joy and sadness, however I believe that those “journies” are meant to provide a greater level of learning if we can manage to open our minds to that potential. That can be in the joyous experiences as well as in the times of sadness. Again, I strive and aspire to take each “journey” and extrapilate the “learned experience” I’ve recognized within that journey. I believe that if I continue to do this, I naturally achieve another goal in my life which is to grow both as a person as well as spiritualy.

    As a cancer survivor I don’t take life for granted. I give thanks each day for the opportunity to remain here on earth with the thought that I have a “greater purpose” to contribute to while here, therefore I set personal goals to navigate myself to reach that greater purpose. The “rewards and fulfillment” along the way have been endless.

  2. 3 Lina Harris
    June 1, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    So many questions; how to begin the answers….or will you propose answers or merely allow the reader to form his/her own ?

    I wonder if you might like to include the endocrine or hormonal influences under the physical topic.

    I completely agree that we are presented with choices and if we merely stop to breathe and examine those choices as we breathe and assess, we will make the better choice for ourselves. The paths that result tend to be smoother with fewer obstacles when thoughtfully selected. The breath, of course, is a reflection of the prayer or meditation that is necessary for the choices that are a better fit for our personalities. I suggest that this is a healthier approach to all of life.

    This project is huge and exciting. Keep on working at it and the bud will continue to develop to the beautiful blossom. I look forward to more.

  3. 5 Amante
    December 15, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    No matter one’s circumstances, I am always inspired by an individual brave enough to ponder the questions of life. When left alone with this same concept, however, it’s not so easy to feel brave enough to answer. But in that moment lies the opportunity to forgo fear for faith. Through faith, then, all things are possible.

    As I am not a clinician, my thoughts are predicated on the metaphysical. Clearly, none of us can be convinced that there is any “one” right answer to living. We can only speculate upon these questions — from no basis of scientific observation or analysis. We are truly living the “human experiment”. Our licves are a collection of experiences, an ebb and flow of both the positive and negative. Though random in their occurrence, they definitely shape us. Oddly enough, the “shape” we show the world is rarely that which shapes our heart, our inner psyche.

    At some point, we learn to accept the rolling tides, and we call these experiences over time, “wisdom”. Perhaps it is through this wisdom, the maturing ability to think retrospectively, that we redeem the resiliency to pursue these questions. We don’t want to waste another minute of living without significance.

    Should we not, then, find a way to ask the question of how to teach younger generations to be deliberate from the beginning, so as to prevent a life of randomness? Rather, teach them to seek a life with purpose. Obviously, this, along with many other life questions, are not meant to be answered by ourselves. Does that mean, then, by working together to take care of others, we will find fulfillment in answering our own questions?

    As much as we hope to protect, we cannot, however, discredit despair. While it’s purpose is rarely known, most would admit that every emotion is part of the journey towards the answers we seek. For some of us, our darkest moments elicit some of life’s biggest answers.

    I refrain from answering the questions without first considering the necessity of finding a balance in the relationship between mind and matter, fact and value. To that point, I am very curious to see how this blog evolves, and am hopeful to find a diversity of participants from the medical/scientific arena.

    Let us all lend each other our words so that we may understand. Let us care enough in each other to make us each aware. Let us (together) build dreams that can move mountains. Let us create a safe place to tear down the barriers, share a passion to motivate, and be deliberate in putting life back in balance.

    So, if you’re anything like me, clinician or not, and you haven’t made yourself a priority to answer these, and possibly other, questions of life, then why don’t we create something beautiful together? Seriously, if we’ve gotta start somewhere, why not here? If we’ve gotta start sometime, why not now?

  4. 6 Kerry
    September 13, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Wag more, bark less.
    To the best of your ability, be at peace with all men.
    Contemplation trumps conflagration.
    Conflation breeds consternation.

  5. August 7, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Whenever you look at it, visualize your needs, and make them known to the Universe.

    Present-day scientific dogma doesn’t know how to measure these forces and therefore they
    are not part of the current scientific model of reality.

    When we humans put things into perspective we will soon realize that science
    is no different from metaphysics and spirituality.


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