Growth and Freedom in Five Chapters

  • Stephen LibenEmail author


To grow as a human being is to develop the capacity, in the moment, to choose how to respond out of mindful awareness. To be free is to have the awareness, in the moment, to consciously choose to respond rather than unconsciously react to events. This chapter uses a poem by Portia Nelson, “An autobiography in 5 chapters,” as scaffolding to show the author’s own lived experience in developing a specific type of mindful awareness as he progresses through medical training.


Personal growth Mindfulness Medical education 

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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.McGill Programs in Whole Person Care, Faculty of Medicine, Paediatric Palliative Medicine, Montreal Children’s HospitalMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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