I translate self-awareness into daily life.


Anoop Kumar, MD, MM is a board-certified, practicing emergency physician. He completed his clinical training at Albert Einstein Medical Center, a Level 1 trauma center in Philadelphia, PA.


Eager to make a greater difference in the lives of his patients, he also completed the International Master's in Health Leadership program, earning a master's degree in management from McGill University. His thesis was titled Managing Anew: Unleashing the power of managing to achieve health at every level.


As a child, Anoop was surrounded by the teachings of Eastern philosophy. As he grew up, he recognized an unseen message woven through philosophy, science, and spirituality - a practical message of self-awareness and wellbeing, cloaked in esoteric language. His passion is translating this message of self-awareness into daily life.

What is the ego?

What is the ego?

The ego is the aspect of the mind that feels personal. It emanates the boundary of "me" and "I." We can observe in a newborn child that the personal sense of "me" has not yet crystallized. A newborn may be crying loudly one moment and perfectly content the next. States of mind seem to come and go without a central identity holding on to experiences.


By the age of two, toddlers start to use words like "me." "Mine" can become a favorite word in this stage. This is a sign of the ego crystallizing. The greater mind is creating a demarcation within itself, a sub-identity, which we have given a first and last name.

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Waking, dreaming, and sleeping happen in you

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Many years ago, Science magazine declared that one of the most important and unanswered questions in science is What is the universe made of? Today, we still don't know the answer.


Part of the problem is that we, as human beings, are part of the very universe we are trying to understand. Therefore, it goes without saying that if we don't understand our own nature, we are likely to misunderstand the nature of the universe.

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Our Nature is Simplicity Itself

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If we went beyond thinking, feeling, and sensing right now, what would remain?


I invite you to try this exercise for a moment. Close the eyes, relax, and see if you notice the still, silent center within you.


Notice the balance and equipoise.


Notice the stillness.

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What is Enlightened Medicine?

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Many experts have written about the problems healthcare faces. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement has codified their approach to a solution in the Triple Aim, which seeks to curb cost and improve the patient care experience and health of populations. Healthcare futurists talk about solutions in the form of personalized medicine, nanotechnology, remote/virtual care, concierge care, and more. 


But there is one problem that no healthcare pundit is talking about today, yet it lives at the very heart of healthcare. Solving this problem is the key to ushering in a cutting-edge scientific era of Enlightened Medicine that will bring joy and healing to the practice of medicine.


The core problem in healthcare

The core problem in healthcare is that the medical science we follow is remarkably outdated and incomplete. For decades, we've been taught that the human body is a machine, made up of little pieces called atoms.  We believed this starting from grade school through college and medical or nursing school. Our teachers said, “When you put a bunch of atoms together, you get a molecule, then macromolecules, then eventually cells, organs, and finally a human being.” We were told this repeatedly in textbooks, lectures, and laboratories until it hardened as part of our scientific belief system. 


The holes in this belief system were not discussed. Life, emotion, thought, desire, joy, purpose, and meaning were mostly ignored, but to the rare persistent questioner these were explained away as mere combinations of microscopic ball-like atoms bumping into each other. Was there science to back up that claim? Sure there was. But like all scientific conclusions, these interpretations were based on a fundamental philosophical assumption that we weren’t told about; namely, that the world is ultimately a physical thing and we are physical things.

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