Exploring the power of Heartfulness:
Mindfulness, Compassion & Responsibility
Heartfulness is a way of being based in mindfulness, compassion, and responsibility. Embracing vulnerability we cross borders within ourselves and between us and others. Cultivating humility, gratitude, and acceptance, we become more authentic and kinder to ourselves and all other beings. Seeing and listening to others we believe in our oneness and connectedness with each other and with nature. Taking responsibility for our own life, we seek to understand and realize our unique purpose in serving humanity.
Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu trained in East Asian medicine and received a doctorate in clinical psychology from Harvard University. His teaching at Harvard, The University of Tokyo, and Stanford University spans 25 years. At Stanford , he has developed programs in heartfulness, that balance Eastern and Western ways, integrate traditional spiritual wisdom and academic knowledge, and synthesize art and science. His work in designing gentle, healing, inclusive spaces is done in schools, businesses, religious organizations, and hospitals. Heartful community building connects diverse people, transforming self and society..
"When we speak of mindfulness, it is important to keep in mind that we equally mean heartfulness. In fact, in Asian languages, the word for "mind" and the word for "heart" are usually the same. So if you're not hearing or feeling the word heartfulness when you encounter or use the word mindfulness, you are in all likelihood missing it's essence . . .There is nothing cold, analytical, or unfeeling about it. The overall tenor of mindfulness practice is gentle, appreciative, and nurturing. Another way to think of it would be 'heartfulness.'"
"The Experience of Vulnerability: A Key to the Education of Health Professionals"
The suicide of Dr. Lorna Breen brought needed attention to the dire situation of the overwhelming stress on health care providers toiling in the pandemic. They confront not only the danger to their physical health, but also the pressure they put on themselves to compassionately serve the sick and suffering.
Focusing on the education of physicians and other health professionals, we believe that effective training for becoming healers should value the trainees' experiences of vulnerability, which too often are excluded by the dominant emphasis on competence.