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Compassion and Healing: A Doctor’s Perspective

Dr. Carrie Demers states that compassion is not about rescuing ourselves or others from the pain of suffering, but rather is the capacity to hold an empathetic space so there is room to heal. She explains how our efforts to simply push pain away are usually unhelpful, and how true healing begins when we can examine ourselves with compassion and see how our habitual actions may be affecting our health. Learn how she uses compassion to help patients move toward their own healing.

Format: Video with audio download
Length: 4 mins

About the Teacher

Carrie Demers, MD

Board-certified in both internal medicine and integrative medicine, Carrie Demers, MD, is a holistic physician who blends modern medicine with traditional approaches to health. After receiving her medical degree from the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Demers went on to study massage, homeopathy, nutrition, herbal medicine, yoga, and ayurveda. She has been the medical director of the Himalayan Institute PureRejuv Wellness Center (formerly Total Health Center) for the last 20 years. Widely recognized for her expertise, Dr. Demers has been interviewed by numerous magazines and newspapers, and lectures nationally on holistic health and ayurveda. She is a frequent contributor to yogainternational.com and the Himalayan Institute online Wisdom Library.

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