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The Courage to Care for True Self

Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self, and give it the care it requires, we do so not only for ourselves but for the many lives we touch.

—Parker J. Palmer

In 2008, Dr. Mukta Panda was chair of the department of medicine at a nine-hundred-bed university hospital. She had just received an award for her dedication to teaching new doctors and her talent for creating innovative and effective residency programs.1 But Mukta wasn’t happy.

“I was questioning my purpose, value, and worth. Two days earlier, I received news about a personal loss of twenty-five years. I was not sure of where ...

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