Welcome to Ron Parks' Mind Wise
Enjoy two new illuminating stories and an introduction to my updated newsletter and blog.
The Burned Tea Kettle
The risk of distraction and a familiar tale of woe
We all experience what seems like a bit of inattention that leads to a disaster—a disruption in the flow and harmony of daily life. A burned tea kettle incident led to the exploration of the deeper operations of our inner psychology, its related outer expression, and the different levels of awareness and personal meaning of possessions.
My wife and I had sat down to watch a recent movie about a family with turmoil and conflict. After the first short segment, we suddenly became aware and jumped up. We had forgotten about the tea kettle on the stove. In my defense, after I put enough water in it, I had asked her to remind me when the high-pitched whistle sounded since her hearing was better than mine.
I ran to the kitchen as if struck by a bolt of lightning. There was an intense burned smell, and I saw the tea kettle smoking. Quickly, I jumped to turn off the burner. I noticed that the whistle cap had blown off. The kettle's lid as well was lying nearby on the stove. The handle was too hot to touch, so I grabbed a potholder and removed it from the heat. The intense burned odor had spread throughout the house.
The Wisdom from an Editor
The perilous journey through core beliefs, entrapment, realization, and liberation
Sometimes our life appears to be guided by a developed personal inner story—an inner voice thought narration that runs in the background and captivates our mental energy. Jacqui’s story is a salute to a talented editor who has helped me develop my writing. She shares her personal story of getting entangled with life issues on her path to realization, restoration, and change. Her narrative reveals how we all can be self-aware to self-edit ourselves. To regain our flow and healthy well-being, we must edit and modify our unique ideas and sometimes destructive inner narratives.
Jacqui's Mantra "Anything other than first is a fail."
This was my mantra from the time I was very young. Strangely enough, it wasn't my parents that pushed me. Once my IQ was tested, teachers expected a lot from me. And thus, a cycle was born where I worked hard to be the best in what I was comfortable doing but didn't try anything new for fear of failure.
I wanted to welcome and introduce current subscribers from parksmd.com and the newly interested to my freshly updated Mind Wise newsletter and blog.
My interest has been to improve my educational offerings, ideas, and perspectives from my experience, knowledge, and wisdom. My intended audience has included healthcare practitioners, caregivers, and all interested in holistic, integrative mental health—mind, body, spiritual health, and well-being.
For many years I have worked on the front-lines of healthcare in private, community, military, and public health settings—clinics, medical and psychiatric hospitals, emergency rooms, addiction treatment programs, crisis intervention services, personal and group practices. I have had the good fortune of diversified training in several medical fields with specialty training in psychiatry, internal medicine, nutrition, and preventive medicine.
I currently am Board Certified in Psychiatry and have continued my work as a consultant, teacher, writer, author in Integrative Psychiatry, Holistic Medicine, and healthcare. I have recently published a new book, COVID-19/Mental Health Crises, and have published articles on my blog parksmd.com and other media outlets for many years. See my home website parksmd.com for more information.
I have wanted to develop a better and more consistent newsletter and blog by moving my writing, blogging, and newsletter to the Substack platform—a more suitable platform and outlet for my interest and writing at this time. It allows for more interaction with readers and options for future development as adding podcasting and more premium and interactive features. I will continue my PARKSMD.COM original site for my consultative services.
There will be the opportunity to take part and share your ideas on the many topics that will come up in future newsletters and posts. Please subscribe and join our explorations and learning experience if you haven't already done so—it's free!