Iva Fattorini – Healing Arts

July 16th, 2014 by Anne McCrady

Dr. Iva Fattorini

 The Arts bring the Spiritual back into Medicine

That is the message 2014 Aspen Ideas Fest Spotlight: Health audiences heard last month from physician Iva Fattorini, a proponent of treating disease as well as the whole person by inviting the arts into healthcare settings. Passionate about her work, Dr. Fattorini called on health professionals and public health organizations to rethink the traditional approach to the patient’s environment, especially in in-patient hospitals. Dr. Fattorini contends that healing is not just a physical or even psychological phenomenon; it is also a spiritual process that involves everything that impacts the heart and soul.

The idea of a holistic approach is not new. For many years, research has proven that there are many factors that contribute to the outcomes of illness and injury. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) defines holistic health as: “viewing man in his totality within a wide ecological spectrum, and … emphasizing the view that ill health or disease is brought about by an imbalance, or disequilibrium, of man in his total ecological system and not only by the causative agent and pathogenic evolution.”

Born in Croatia and trained as a dermatologist, Dr. Fattorini is opening minds to her ideas. As ‎Chair of the Global Arts and Medicine Institute – ‎Department at the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr. Fattorini has scheduled live performances and participatory sessions of pianists, artists, poets, musicians, sculptors for in-patient families as a way to facilitate the healing process. What she finds is that when patients experience beauty, there are measurable improvements in their conditions. Not only do their illnesses improve, they are more optimistic about their recovery, are inspired to express themselves in creative ways, are distracted from unpleasant procedures and pain, and view their hospital stay as a positive life experience.

Dr. Fattorini’s passion for changing the healthcare paradigm is contagious. At her presentation in Aspen, dozens of inspired audience members shared their own enthusiasm for using the arts therapeutically, many with anecdotes of others in healthcare who are connecting art and artists with traditional medicine around the globe. Dr. Fattorini’s newest endeavor is called Artocene, an organization will bring to a global scale her work at the Cleveland Clinic as a paradigm that can be shared with other healthcare organizations.

As the world contends with the challenge of providing effective healthcare, it seems the best answers can often be found in taking care of one another in ways that are anything but pharmaceutical. It turns out that experiencing beauty may be one of the best medicines we have!

INSPIRITRY ACTION: How might you use the power of the arts for your own health and the health of those you love?!

Read more about Iva Fattorini, a great example of InSpiritry at work at Deepak Chopra’s blog about Dr. Fattorini on the Huffington Post web site and at Artocene.

When We Open Our Hearts and Minds, We Can InSpire Health!

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2014 Aspen Ideas Fest – Spotlight: Health

July 3rd, 2014 by Anne McCrady

“There isn’t anyone you couldn’t love, once you heard their story.”

“Great programs don’t change the world; great people do.”

“Girls are not property. They aren’t pure. They are real, and they are our future.”

“Be present and receive the gift of amazing stories.”

“Once you see what great design can do, you can’t unsee it. It becomes a part of what is possible.”

“People – whatever their circumstances – just want to live.”

“Ten years from now, we will have a powerful story to tell!”

These are just some of the inspiring comments I heard last week, when I had the joy and privilege of attending the 2014 Aspen Ideas Fest – Spotlight: Health at the Aspen Institute campus in beautiful Aspen, Colorado. What an amazing experience!

Each day was a feast of surprising, provocative conversations with world-changing people, all of it aimed at transforming global public health. From young architects building culturally relevant hospitals to robotic engineers creating exoskeletons, from international scientists to local activists, from courageous African men and women working to expand family planning to American politicians working to expand access to healthy food, from musicians who awaken dementia patients to physicians who are alert to new therapies and from young students to retired professors, everyone involved was united in a shared vision of making health, not just healthcare, a reality for all people.

I was reminded over and over that when creative change-makers come together to share ideas and listen to one another, miracles can happen. Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing some of the inspiring stories I heard and some of the astounding people I met during my week in Aspen. For now, know that the world is full of heroes — and we are called to be heroes too!

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Leading Is Believing

May 7th, 2014 by Anne McCrady

Bookstore shelves are full of books on leadership, organizational effectiveness and change management. You may have a few on your bookshelf or bedside table!

Many of these motivational offerings are full of great advice. When you read them, its is interesting to notice one thing: as each author shares his or her perspective on what makes a great leader, a successful business or a meaningful life, we can see what they value most. Some focus on the importance of business savvy or personal vision. Others make decisiveness or patience or strength important. Still others emphasize spirituality or personal integrity. A few suggest surprising novel ways of looking at the world. These differences of opinion are easily explainable.

What we value — that is, what we believe in– determines what we think and write and say. Our beliefs become our mission. This applies not only to leaders, but followers as well! All of us are most motivated by our personal convictions. That means our first step in leading and influencing others, whether our audience is our children, our employees, our group members or even voters, is to share our values with those we want to influence. In other words, before we ask people to change course, we must convince them to believe the things we believe. To accomplish that in an authentic and effective way, we must first fully embrace those concepts ourselves. On a practical level, that means looking into our hearts and lives to assess our deepest convictions. Warning: beliefs are more than the things to which we give lip service; they are best evidenced by our we live!

What are your deep beliefs? What do you value? Most importantly, do your actions, conversations, calendar, budget, relationships and choices reflect that?

Anne McCrady has considered those same questions in setting InSpiritry’s mission: Putting Words to Work for a Better World. The result is what she calls the InSpiritry’s 7 C’s:

  • Comm-Unity – Connecting our Spiritual Lives, our Personal Lives, our Relationships & the Natural World
  • Compassion – Our Essential Role in the World to Care for Everyone
  • Creativity – New Perspectives, New Ideas, New Responses & New Possibilities
  • Collaboration – Diversity, Communication, Connections & Synergy
  • Consilience – Seeking All Knowledge as Wisdom
  • Courage – Humane, Just and Positive Actions
  • Celebration – Humility, Gratitude and Optimism

You are meant to be a transformative presence in your world, leading and influencing others. Just Remember:

Leading is Believing!

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Five Reasons to Write

April 2nd, 2014 by Anne McCrady

“I write for the same reason I breathe – because if I didn’t, I would die.” – Isaac Asimov

Whether you are a journaler, poet, a novelist, a blogger, a FaceBook/Twitter enthusiast or a thank you note advocate, seeing thoughts turned into words that hold meaning is a great joy and perhaps your saving grace! That said, some days, even with your love of  language, meaningful words seem locked away from expression. One way to invite your mind back to writing can be to remind yourself of how important writing is to your life, your happiness, your sense of purpose and your world.

When I face my own writer’s block, here are my five reasons to keep writing. I hope they speak to you!

1) When I write, I feel life more deeply.

2) When I write, I connect with other people in a meaningful way.

3) When I write, I surprise myself with thoughts I didn’t know I had.

4) When I write, the rest of my life makes sense.

5) When I write, I am giving the creative gift of my truest self to the world.

In addition, here are some other blog posts to encourage you!

The Write Practice – Seventeen Reasons to Write

The Write Practice – Why We Write

Squidoo – Top Ten Reasons to Write

And a book recommendation – 365 Reasons to Write

We don’t need to be published or awarded or even read widely to be writers. It is what we do to be alive. Keep writing — the world needs your words!

Every Moment is Poetic — And Every Life is an InSpirational Story!

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The Blessing of a Break

February 21st, 2014 by Anne McCrady

“And, out of the blue, when I had about decided nothing more could be done, things changed…

and I knew I could make it.”

 

We are busy people!

We try to stay balanced, but inevitably we fall back into the trap of too-much-to-do-and-not-enough-time-or-energy-to-do-it. Between our work commitments, our social engagements, our family events, our spiritual needs and our personal routines, time seems to fly out from under us! Some days, the rush is overwhelming: one minute we are waking up in the morning and the next we are climbing into bed.

Isn’t it nice that sometimes Life offers you a reprieve, just when you need it most?!  A problem is solved. A person offers help. A deadline is cancelled. An idea comes to us. Love steps in.

You are doing so much Good in the World — it’s no wonder you often feel the strain of your amazing work.

Life does offer us reprieves – unexpected time for ourselves. Be mindful of that gift of grace when it comes. Before you dive back into your busy-ness, feel blessed!

 

Every Moment is Poetic — And Every Life is an InSpirational Story!

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The Journey of Another Year

December 22nd, 2013 by Anne McCrady

Hanukkah has passed. Christmas is a few days away. Kwanzaa starts next week. New Year’s Day is after that, and the Solstice has turned us toward longer days. Yes, we are coming to the end of the journey of another year. Our travels for 2013 are almost done, and we are arriving home again to who we are, having adventured out into the world.

Now is a good time to consider where the year has taken you physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually:

  • How has life changed?
  • Who did you meet? Who did you lose?
  • What wisdom have you gained?
  • Where did you see Love? Feel Love?
  • How have you changed?

Here is a poem for your reminiscing:

 

Holiday Homecoming 

We have journeyed the distance of another year!

How comforting to find the lights of Christmas,

bright as a beacon, calling us home from our travels.

Older, wiser and full of stories to tell,

now we have the gift of time

to lean our backs against one another,

wrap our hands around cups of warmth,

look long into faces we have missed,

listen to adventures that somehow mirror our own.

Now we can open the lovely bundles of our hearts

letting tears and laughter spill out—

our assurance that no matter how far we go,

it is love, always love, that is our port, our shelter,

our humble, starlit stable.

 

During these final days of December, take some time to be thankful for the journey, to cherish the special moments of 2013, to tuck the stories you love most into your heart and let go of any darkness, so that your launch into 2014 will be a bright and beautiful beginning!

Every Moment is Poetic — And Every Life is an InSpirational Story!

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Haunted Places

June 8th, 2011 by Anne McCrady

“I’m in a haunted place, and every day is a new one.”

Ed Madden

This quote is from a FaceBook post by my friend, Ed Madden, whose evocative poetry finds its way into his everyday conversations.  In this instance, he was describing his stay with his aging parents in rural Arkansas, where he grew up. It is a recognition of how the past waits for us to rediscover it, as we make geographical or emotional journeys to visit where we have been. Read the rest of this entry »



Independent Opinion

June 2nd, 2011 by Anne McCrady

It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion;

it is easy in solitude to live after our own;

but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd

keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

At a time when there are so many diverse opinions being proffered in the world and those opinions are causing so much trouble (terrorism, American politics, religious conflicts), I am drawn to Emerson’s quote.

We, humans, are an opinionated bunch! On most topics, there are as many ideas as there are people. As we live in neighborhoods, communities, nations and organizations, we confront the collision of those differing ideas every day. At work, in coffee shops, at church, even at the dinner table — people disagree with us.

So what should we do? Read the rest of this entry »



Get Out of (Time) Debt

March 9th, 2011 by Anne McCrady

“There is just not enough!”

During these past few years of recession, this complaint has become a part of our conversations about money. We don’t have enough to pay all our credit cards. We haven’t saved enough for college. Our budget doesn’t have enough at the end of the month for extras. Many of us have had a wake up call to get our finances in order — mostly by living within our means.

We use the phrase, “there is just not enough…,” in other conversations as well — when we talk about time. It seems that in addition to our financial debt, many of us are also in Time Debt. Read the rest of this entry »



Negative Thoughts

March 4th, 2011 by Anne McCrady

“This is where I get most of my negative thinking done.”

New Yorker cartoon of a woman showing buyers her home office

Economically and environmentally, for Americans the past three years have been difficult, at best. Even those whose jobs were secure and finances healthy have felt the impact: government cuts to essential programs, neighbors who had to sell their homes, friends who were unemployed, new carcinogens and ever worsening global warming. Worst of all, the nightly news reminds us how bad things are. All that in addition to our personal  challenges.

In times like these, optimism is hard to summon. The cartoon I quoted above is not far from the truth — we often get so trapped in worrying that we can’t do Good Work! Read the rest of this entry »