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Dean Ornish Dean Ornish doctor. bestselling author. integrative medicine pioneer.

Bestselling author Dean Ornish, MD, is the founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute, which performs scientific research investigating the effects of diet and lifestyle on health. [www.pmri.org]

Trust is the foundation for everything that matters. You can only be intimate to the degree that you can make yourself vulnerable to another person. You can only make yourself vulnerable to the degree that you feel safe. And you can only feel safe to the degree that you can trust.

With my true love, Anne, my wife and beloved partner, I’ve learned that being totally trusting and totally trustworthy is the most liberating way to live. In trust, all degrees of freedom are present and all possibilities exist. Our recurring mantra has been: Yet again like never before. We have experiences that are familiar because we’re having them with the same people, but they’re completely different because many degrees of freedom are possible when you have complete trust in another person. It all comes back to the sense of intimacy that complete trust makes possible.

Intimacy is healing. The root of the word healing is to make whole. We are clean mirrors for each other. We stay on track and get back on track quickly when we hold that mirror up to the other person in a clean and non-judgmental way, so they can see themselves again as a whole person. This process becomes part of our growth and creates even more trust. We reach a certain level of trust and intimacy, then we go to the next level, where the trust and intimacy are even greater, where the joy is even greater, and that makes us want to go to the next level. Because of that commitment, I am totally trusting and totally trustworthy. Because I am trustworthy, I love myself more. The more I love myself, the more love I have to give to Anne and to others, and the more I model and embody what I teach. It becomes self-reinforcing over time.

People think they have to choose between being vulnerable and weak and being strong and well-off, but walls that protect us also isolate us. It’s important to have defenses, but if they’re always up then those same defenses that are designed to protect us isolate us, and if they isolate us they actually make us more likely to get hurt and more likely to get sick and die prematurely. Ironically, then, the very thing we think protects us harms us.

Vulnerability emerging from strength and confidence allows us to choose to let people into our lives. To the degree that we do, life is so much more beautiful, joyful, meaningful, and fun.

– Dean Ornish

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