The Women with Wings Foundation is a teaching non-profit and 501 (c)(3) recognized organization that bridges the gap between the science and technology of medicine and patient care by offering healing arts programs, products and services that can easily be integrated into a provider's existing protocol. Our products and services use all forms of art to inspire cancer patients, their families and others, to heal emotionally, spiritually and physically. Discovering one's creative instincts brings Joy, Faith and Hope to the healing process.
In a recent Create to Heal class, we discovered the joys of Poetry.
According to Robert Frost, Poetry is “when an emotion has found it’s thought and the thought has found words.”
Poetry is an invitation to feel, to “wallow in the swamp of your experiences” without drowning. It’s heart, rhythm, the beat of the day. Poetry is life itself, packing all that you see and feel into a few lines … the essence, the core of things.
You are panning for gold, looking for insight and the blessings of human emotion.
The exercise for today: pick a word, any word that captures how you are feeling in this moment …
I recently attended the Emerging Tools for Innovative Providers Conference on Spirituality and it's impact on Healthcare, held at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA. In attendance were healthcare providers of all backgrounds, including doctors, nurses and administrators, chaplains, psychologists and researchers from Adventist Health, Duke University, Loma Linda, Azusa Pacific, UCLA and UC Davis to name a few. The overall goal of ETIP is to explore the significant spirituality and health care research accumulated over the last 25 years and how it impacts patient care and outcomes.
One of the key contributors, Dr. Lee Berk, spoke about the power of humor and laughter - and the research that substantiates what we intuitively know to be true: laughter is good medicine.