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发信人: babysteps (a goal is a dream with a deadline), 信区: MedicalCareer
标 题: 考MCAT（考版）如坐禅
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Sun Mar 20 04:37:49 2011, 美东)
Top 10 reasons that MCAT/Board preparation is a Zen practice
(10) The end is the beginning.
In Zen, there is no end, and no beginning.
For MCAT/Board, the end is the very beginning.
(9) No self
In Zen, there is no self.
For MCAT/Board, there is not a "me" who is taking the test. It is always
a teamwork. Your teachers who taught you, your family who support you,
your friends who tease you, and the kid who kisses you. Everyone is in
In Zazen, I sit down, focus on my breath, and let every other thoughts
For MCAT/Board, I sit down, focus on the problems, and let every other
thoughts (including tonight's dinner) go.
(7) Theory versus practice
In Zen, it doesn't help if you read 10 Zen books, but never sit down and
For MCAT, it doesn't help if you read all the strategic books about
MCAT, but never sit down and practice.
(6) 100% immersion
A Zen practitioner would like to be mindful all the time, in her
sitting, standing, talking, and walking.
A MCAT taker would like to live her life with MCAT, at least in the last
(5) No attachment
A Zen practitioner loves the kid most when she loves him without
attachment or expectation.
A MCAT/board taker can score the best when she takes the test without
self-attachment or expectation.
(4) Beginner's mind
A Zen practitioner tries to look at everything with fresh and
unconditioned mind. "In a beginner's mind there are many possibilities,
but in the expert's there are few" -- from "Zen mind, beginner's mind."
For MCAT verbal, a student scores the highest if she reads the questions
with a beginner's mind, and scores the worst if she answers the verbal
questions based on her past knowledge, a.k.a., the expert's mind.
In Zen meditation, a practitioner sits straight and be fully awaken.
For MCAT/board, a student tackles the questions with the most energy
when she sits straight and fully awaken (Oh boy, do I need you to tell
(2) A sense of humor
Keeps a Zen practitioner alive.
And keeps a MCAT/board taker sane.
Have some fun... Spend time with your kiddo, be fully present for them,
watch a comedy, and checkout MITBBS JOKE board. Consider yourself super
lucky if you significant other is a laughing ball, although you hate
that he behaves autistically when facing most of the other people.
(1) Loving kindness being the key
When practice Zen, the ground is loving kindness. Without compassion and
empathy, Zen practice is empty.
It is the same when we pursue our dream for becoming a doc.
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