My place of mindful practice…

I work on a psych unit in the city of Tulsa. If there’s a place that provides an amazing opportunity for the practice of mindfulness and to act with the  ”beginners mind” this is the place. Its a place like no other where the well-manicured world of logic and reason meets the wild and untamed realm of mental Illness, substance abuse,  and social dysfunction. It is the most genuine and unique place I have ever been.
Here for we who work as psych techs and nurses on this unit is the best and worst of our fellow peoples indulgences and struggles.its as easy to fall into negative and unhelpful states of mind here as anyplace you could go. On the unit during my twelve hour shifts over night I am constantly reminded of so much of  the costs of lifes lessons in the wreckage of my patients lives and the struggle and suffering they and their families experience. They pay a high price for these truths that I get to witness and learn from,  on thier dime so to speak. I try to make their losses worth it in gaining insight to our human struggle. Overdose, suicide attempts,  and violence against self and others are the daily dish for most of the thirty patients,  who change every few days…
I’m grateful for this chance to learn and share…

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