Full text of psychiatrist Dr. Narveen Dosanjh’s talk: Using Mindfulness to Choose Love over Fear at TEDxBushwick conference.
Dr. Narveen Dosanjh- Medical Doctor and Integrative Psychiatrist
The inspiration for my talk today is my dear friend Jamie Zimmerman. She was a TEDxBushwick 2015 speaker. She spoke last year about ‘The Power of the Gap’.
She is no longer with us and in her loving memory, I wanted to continue the conversation about mindfulness and how we can utilize mindfulness to better our communities and choose love over fear.
As a psychiatrist for years, all people, regardless of who they are or where they come from, I’ve realized typically want three things. That is to be seen for who they are, to be valued for who they are, and to be accepted for who they are.
And I always tell people, if that’s something you want for yourself, then you have to be willing to give that to others.
As a psychiatrist, people also come to me looking for greater peace. And through mindfulness I’ve been helped… I’ve been able to help them achieve more peace in their lives.
But there is a direct interconnection between what’s going on inside of us and the world around us. And that’s where mindfulness comes in.
So what’s mindfulness?
Mindfulness is defined as bringing your attention to the present moment and recognizing your thoughts, emotions, and reactions that are going on in that very moment in a non-judgmental way.
And when we’re talking about our community, when we become mindful, we give ourselves an opportunity to choose love over fear.