I attribute my personal increase in resilience to my new meditation and mindfulness practice. This January I acutely felt the stressors of the emergency department and working the nightshift. I desperately felt the need to cut my shifts back (again) or to switch out of doing nights. I felt completely pulled thin. Then I started to try daily meditation. I used an app to help me (Insight Timer) since it provided free guided meditations and even had an entire section for beginners. Through Insight Timer I stumbled onto a podcast by David Gandelman who is a teacher at Cornell through Cornell’s Wellness Program. He is also the founder of an online course, the Grounded Mind Program. His approach to meditation really spoke to me because it isn’t SO SERIOUS. It’s lighthearted, funny, and relatable. No change is long-lasting if it isn’t fun and beneficial, and he makes it so. He has many YouTube and Insight Timer meditations out there and I haven’t found a bad one yet. Here’s a link to his Cornell Mindfulness and Meditation program and I’ve included his four minute video on the benefits of meditation. If you’re a human being, you can benefit from this. It helped me keep my current schedule and helped me achieve deep meaning in my interactions with patients. Truly enjoy.