The art of living: stories as sustenance for the soul

Rachel Naomi Remen is an MD who is a storyteller. She is used to being put down since stories are “anecdotal” and therefore not as important as data. Many of us who read this blog are used to that reality too.

Explore measures that can be taken to not only live longer but also live better with Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, an early pioneer in the mind/body holistic health movement.

I’ve shared two quotes by  Rachel Naomi Remen on Beyond Meds in the past. I am going to share them here again as she is wonderfully insightful and inspiring, both and they are worth revisiting. So I hope that if you are moved by the below quotes you might listen to the wonderful lecture on the video I share above.

Wounding and healing are not opposites. They’re part of the same thing. It is our wounds that enable us to be compassionate with the wounds of others. It is our limitations that make us kind to the limitations of other people. It is our loneliness that helps us to to find other people or to even know they’re alone with an illness. I think I have served people perfectly with parts of myself I used to be ashamed of. – Rachel Naomi Remen


Helping, fixing and serving represent three different ways of seeing life. When you help, you see life as weak. When you fix, you see life as broken. When you serve, you see life as whole. Fixing and helping may be the work of the ego, and service the work of the soul….

…Serving is different from helping. Helping is not a relationship between equals. A helper may see others as weaker than they are, needier than they are, and people often feel this inequality. The danger in helping is that we may inadvertently take away from people more than we could ever give them; we may diminish their self-esteem, their sense of worth, integrity or even wholeness. — Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, extracted from the November Upaya Newsletter

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