Heart And Soul
By Monette Benoit
Copyright 2008 by Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved.
The alarm rang at 4:30 a.m.; too soon I stood within the San Antonio airport. I traveled all day, changing planes after a lengthy layover. Walking to the luggage carousel, I first spotted the well-dressed man, wearing a light cream-colored suit. He did not appear to be tired, hot or stressed like everyone else.
My sweater was tied around my waist, my sleeves rolled up, and I wore my hat. I did not look comfortable or relaxed like this gentleman. I retrieved my luggage, headed to the hotel shuttle. Sternly, I was instructed to “stand over there.”
Then I was led outside, to wait under the hot sun and inhale exhaust fumes. Perched on the small cement island, each person hovered protectively near his or her luggage as cars, vans and buses sped past.
No hat, no sweat and smiling, this man calmly observed the world around him. I thought, “He looks like a modern-day Gandhi. And he looks happy.”
He was the only person not sweating and not frowning. I climbed into the shuttle. I politely nodded and smiled as he passed my seat.
I dragged my luggage into the hotel and stood on one of many lines. I scanned the lobby, and yes, this gentleman was two people behind me. I smiled; he nodded, smiled. Again I thought of Gandhi observing his posture and dignity.
As I departed the counter, I looked at him, tilted my head while I tipped the brim of my hat. He slowly bowed saying, “I really am not following you. I hope you have a pleasant stay.” I smiled and hurried to follow the bellman, five steps ahead of me, who was briskly pushing my luggage.
The next day this gentleman, wearing a light gray suit, flew past me. Seeing me, he stopped (on a dime), smiled and bowed dramatically; then off he went.
Later I attended a seminar and was standing at the back of the room. Alone I leaned against the wall, foot perched on the wall, sipping a glass of cold water. Then I saw the gentleman from inside the room; he stood and walked towards me to fetch a glass of water.
I looked into his eyes, calmly saying, “Okay, enough.”
I extended my hand introducing myself. He slowly repeated my name a few times and said, “Bruno Cortis.” He handed me his card which said, “Bruno Cortis, M.C., F.A.C.C., Cardiologist, Author, Speaker.”
I softly teased, “I thought your card might say ‘Modern-Day Gandhi’ because of your suit and the way you appear to look directly into people’s souls.” Bruno laughed. He explained his accent; he was born and raised in Italy. He shared about his mother – how wonderful she was, her cooking, health, his family, and how he came to this country. He shared he had written two books. I listened, sipping water.
Then Bruno asked, “May I send you a copy of my books? They detail how to prevent and heal heart disease.”
I replied, “I would be honored.”
The speaker began. I asked Bruno if he would like to sit with me. He said, “As a court reporter you will take excellent notes. My English is slower than my Italian. I would love to sit with you!” He ran up to his chair, retrieved his material and sprinted back to my chair.
During the seminar I leaned over and whispered, “I saw you in the airport yesterday. You stood out in your cream suit, not looking hot or stressed.” He smiled, “I saw you, too, wearing your hat.” We giggled. I took notes; he copied what I shared. Together we focused on our seminar.
After the seminar, Bruno spoke to me about food, health and the spirit. He was passionate and centered; I was charmed by this gentleman.
When two books arrived at my office on Valentine’s Day, one book was inscribed “To Monette, Creative Spirit …” The other book also had a personal inscription. What blew me away was his credentials and the people who endorsed his books – none of which he mentioned while we spoke.
Dr. Bruno Cortis is a Diplomat and fellow of the American Board of Cardiology. He trained at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
The cover flap of Heart and Soul reads “Bruno Cortis, M.D., F.A.C.C., is a board-certified internist and practicing cardiologist and a pioneer in angioplasty and laser applications. A native of Italy, Dr. Cortis now lives and works in the Chicago area.”
“He is the author of the best-selling Heart and Soul: A Psychological and Spiritual Guide to Preventing and Healing Heart Disease and over seventy-five published articles. Dr. Cortis has been interviewed on the Phil Donahue Show and shows across the U.S. and Canada and has spoken to audiences on five continents.”
The cover has a prominent endorsement by Deepak Chopra, M.D.
Spiritual Heart, Meditations for Health and Happiness has an endorsement by Bernie S. Siegel, M.D.
The inside flap shares, “Dr. Cortis believes the spiritual power of healing is as real and important as medication and surgery. Dr. Cortis teaches all of us how to preserve the quality of life by exploring spiritual benefits that ground our lives and give us meaning and purpose, as well as peace and comfort. This book has essays, exercises, and meditations. Dr. Cortis leads readers on a reflective journey that will help all of us enjoy happier, healthier lives.”
The back flap continues, “Dr. Cortis is the Founder of the Exceptional Heart Patient Program, an organization dedicated to the prevention and healing of heart disease. He is also the CEO of Mind Your Health, a health strategy and management consulting firm.”
His resume states: “In addition to pioneering research in angioscopy and laser angioplasty, Dr. Cortis has done in-depth interviews of heart transplant recipients and has learned how their persona could be influenced by the donor. His mission is to promote wellness and spiritual values for successful living. Dr. Cortis reaches into the heart and mind. He inspires people to create true change.”
I read his personal inscriptions on the books, his bio, and his busy public speaking schedule around the United States. I immediately phoned Bruno, my friend. He took my call.
I remember saying, “Hmmm, you did not share details of your work or your books.”
He laughed, “Monette, I want you to have my books. I planned them to arrive today – Valentine’s Day. Perhaps you will learn from them and help others. This is my reason for sharing.”
As I prepped this article, I wrote Bruno. I was not sure if he would remember me (because of his work and public speaking schedule). I asked for an update. Bruno replied, “I remember … The AHA statistics report 2,600 cardiovascular deaths per day, one million two hundred heart attacks per year, 700,000 new infarcts (heart attacks), 500,000 recurrent ones.”
Dr. Bruno Cortis has a wonderful web site, http://www.brunocortis.com/.
He has written articles, including “On-site Emergency Strategies for Heart Attack,” “Talk Yourself Out of Stress,” “Find Your Inner Strength”, “Exceptional Heart Patients Do Not Always Obey Doctor’s Orders,” “Win With Your Heart Intelligence,” and “Your Heart is a Spiritual Organ.”
Each day is a blessing – even days involving lengthy travel, perhaps. I desire to share Bruno’s talents; unique spirit; wisdom; humor; and to me, Gandhi-like qualities.
Heart disease can be cured and prevented, according to Dr. Cortis. I believe we all know people who will benefit from his spiritual writings, documented healings.
Happy Valentine’s Day to each of you from my heart to your soul.
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