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Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu


Exploring the power of Heartfulness
Mindfulness, Compassion, & Responsibilty

Welcome to Heartfulness, 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 its unique purpose in serving humanity. 


Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu trained and taught in East Asian medicine, yoga, and psychology in Japan and at Harvard University and the University of Tokyo. His teaching and research at Stanford University balances Eastern and Western ways of knowing, doing , and being in designing gentle, healing , inclusive educational spaces. His work in crossing borders through community building and mindful citizenship by connecting diverse people, transforming self and society, is featured here.


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Jan 09, 2020

Transforming Self and Systems

10 week course at Stanford University

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Jan 08, 2020

Heartfulness: Mindfulness, Compassion, and Responsibility

10 week course at Stanford University

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Jan 07, 2020

When Half is Whole

10 week course at Stanford University.

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"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.'"


- Jon Kabat-Zinn