Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu


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..

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"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.'"


                     Jon Kabat-Zinn

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"Grits and Sushi"

Kamala Harris has raised awareness of people with roots in Asia and Africa. Mitzi Uehara Carter's heritage comes through an Okinawan mother and African American father. Her story portrayed in its richness and playfully titled, Grits and Sushi, shows how mixed, multiple identities are developed, balanced, and integrated into a whole sense of self. It's a chapter in my book, When Half is Whole, stories of people whose ancestry is both Asian and American. It's available here: 

Upcoming Events

Sept 20, 1:10 pm (Japan); Sept 19 7:10 pm (PT)

From Mindfulness to Heartfulness. A Conversation with Sister Kathleen Reiley


Zen 2.0 Conference, Kamakura, Japan 

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