The Creativity and Madness Summer Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, brought into sharper focus my attempt to enhance professional well-being by embedding inspirational thoughts into the first-flash moments of one’s awakening mind:

On arising each morning, simply appreciate being alive to feel, to think and to love.
— Marcus Aurelius, et al
Only that day dawns to which I am awake.
— Henry David Thoreau
Awaken me from the illusion of separateness
— Thich Nhat Hanh
Darkness cannot overcome darkness, only light can do that.
— Martin Luther King
Build a ladder to the stars, climb on every rung.
— Bob Dylan
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
— Spiritual Hymn

The archetypal meme of moving from darkness to light is a gateway to mindful meditation, which fosters feelings of transcendence, perhaps what Sir William Osler meant by Aequanimitas, “to rise superior to the trials of life” and Rudyard Kipling in  IF: If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, and treat those two imposters just the same (‘Brother Square-Toes’—Rewards and Fairies).

While always a work in progress, awareness of practicing mindfully likely facilitates burning brighter rather than out. Why should this aging PCP call it quits If still enjoying the ride? My hope is to pay thanks forward to the MGHCfPWB by sharing this personal narrative on one PCP’s approach to sustaining workplace resilience.Arthur J. Siegel, M.D., Director, MGH Internal Medicine Associates, Belmont, MA


Great conference! This is my 5th, and each one is better than the last (and the previous ones were all wonderful, too)! A unique blend of studies in artists, mental illness, and using creativity to bring about health and healing.
— David Bookbinder, Author, "The Art of Balance"

I know of no other group/institute that shines the light of perception, gratitude and love in the universe the way AIMED does. It certainly changed my life in a way that was profound and centered…..and the truths I first saw in Van Gogh, Munch, Chagall (Barry, Joe Natterson et al) and others there have been steady and a “fall back” position for my PTSD through four wars we probably shouldn’t have been in..So great to share the journey with you guys!

— Ronald E Smith, MD, PhD

Coming to the Conferences I have been touched by so many in the healing professions or artistic community who are wholeheartedly committed to the well-being of others and to the use of their gifts in the service of that well-being. I know that this has made me a better Counselor, better Spiritual Guide and better person. There is no way that what I pay to come to the Conference can cover what I have received. My offering to you and to the presenters who have given me so much is to aspire to their excellence and to the love they embody.
— Gail Meyer

Creativity and Madness opened new ways for us to be create our own Art. The conferences taught us a way to look at the Souls and Psychology of people who must create, sometimes at great personal cost.
— Elizabeth & Clem Nagel, PhD and MD

I have attended many Creativity & Madness Conferences over the years. I get from them something that I can’t get anyplace else.
— David Hill, PhD. Pennsylvania

This is the most nourishing conference I have ever attended.
— Ruth Feldman, West Roxbury, MA

How very much we enjoyed our time with you in Italy! You went above and beyond in every aspect of the trip. Your work behind the scenes smoothed the way for us in every possible way. Your attention to detail made it the trip of a lifetime, and gave us more than we could possibly have hoped for or imagined. I can’t thank you enough for your selfless devotion and efforts on our behalf, to provide us with the best experience possible. It was a gift for our minds, bodies, and souls.

With great admiration and gratitude.
— Nancy & Vincent Zinke

Absolutely transformational..a week that went way beyond my expectations.
— Deborah Wild