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The Secret of Gritflowness - October 2020 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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1 8 • O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • O C T O B E R 2 0 2 0 Get into Gritflowness MENTAL HEALTH Dan Cook | Editor-in-Chief Grit, flow and mindfulness will help you enter a focused state of awareness. R enowned neurosurgeon John Boockvar, MD, strides into an operat- ing room at Lenox Hill Hospital and greets members of his surgical team as they gather in a loose circle. "Let's take a moment to be mindful," says Dr. Boockvar, one of the stars of the Netflix docuseries Lenox Hill, a compelling look at the everyday lives of four physicians who work at the storied hospital on Manhattan's Upper East Side. "Everyone relax and close your eyes," instructs Dr. Boockvar, who radiates a sense of calm. "Wiggle your toes and roll your shoulders back. Be here in the pres- ent. Take a deep breath in, hold it at the top, exhale." Dr. Boockvar pauses in the middle of the now silent room. He's entered flow state, the heightened awareness needed to perform difficult tasks effortlessly and with complete focus. It's time to remove a worrisome growth from the patient's right frontal lobe and Dr. Boockvar is emotionally, physically and mentally pres- ent. He's ready to cut. "OK, let's roll." John Halpern/Onward Publishing

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