As mindfulness has moved from East to West and become more utilitarian and commercialized, something has been lost in translation. Heartfulness expands mindfulness to include compassion and responsibility, with the transformative power of making us more fully awake, alive, and aware of our connection to all beings. Through stories from a life crossing borders that separate us from ourselves and each other, we are encouraged to reflect on how to manifest these principles in our daily lives.
“Through tender teaching-stories and an insightful narrative, Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu shows us the ways we can weave together mindfulness and compassion into what he terms “heartfulness.” As master educator, he leads us through the stages of heartfulness from vulnerability and connectedness to acceptance and gratitude. This is an important book. I “heartfully” recommend it to all who want to join their own personal journey of self-discovery to selfless service and the care for others.”
—Arthur Zajonc, former President of the Mind & Life Institute; emeritus professor of physics at Amherst College, and former director of the Center for Contemplative Mind
From Mindfulness to Heartfulness is a rare gem -- beautifully written, deeply engaging and filled with valuable and authentic teachings about practical and spiritual paths toward balance and understanding. As Murphy-Shigematsu embraces his vulnerability, he opens up to and reflects upon his life stories, and that can inspire us to do the same -- encouraging us toward knowledge and understanding. Just what is needed to bring the increasingly popular mindfulness approach back to its reality core -- the blending of heartfulness with mindfulness.
Richard Katz, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, First Nations University of Canada; author: Indigenous Healing Psychology
This powerful book is full of love and intimate wisdom. Full of rich stories and deep guidance, it is also a map of the human heart and the best in all of us.
Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD, Upaya Institute and Zen Center
This book has the potential for radical change in the way we live together, and I loved reading it! Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu takes us beyond mindfulness as it is often currently taught—as an instrument for cognitive changes like focus, attention or stress relief—to the truths of the gentle, appreciative, nurturing heart. He shows us through stories and practices how to expand our contemplative lives from being self-focused to being inclusive, connected, compassionate, and responsible. Immense heartfulness shines through every story he tells, drawing on experiences from teaching children and college students to being with his dying grandmother to his own biracial childhood. Each story is a jewel, opening the heart. He connects heartfulness to social justice, leadership, and education and offers simple, direct instructions for seven heartful practices.
Mirabai Bush, Senior Fellow, Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, Author, Compassion in Action (with Ram Dass)