“Meditation is the only intentional, systematic human activity which at the bottom is about not trying to improve yourself or get anywhere else, but simply to realize where you already are”. Jon Kabat-Zinn
Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in our lives, in a way that cultivates our ability to be present, focused and nonjudgmental. It is both a practice and a way of being.
In contrast, we often are “mindless”— living in the past or future, caught in judgments, and living somewhat mechanically. Through practicing mindfulness, we become more in touch with our lives, restoring a sense of vitality regardless of our circumstances. We may find ourselves better equipped to work with our own stressors, to navigate conflicts, to focus the mind, and to take decisive action.
Because stress is universal, mindfulness programs have been shown to be of use to both patients and providers alike. Dr. Gupta facilitates the cultivation of mindfulness through structured programs aimed at serving:
- Physicians (CME-accredited events and 8-Week MBSR Programs)
- Teachers (8-Week MBSR Programs)
- Patients (via Group Medical Visits, with referral from their family physician)
- The General Public (8-Week MBSR Programs and free orientation seminars)
If you would like to discuss options for bringing a mindfulness to your community, please make contact.
“I really enjoyed the mindfulness CME program because of the deeper connections that developed with my colleagues and myself. This has led to a greater sense of community for our region. I was surprised by the improved quality of care that I have been able to provide to my patients when I communicate mindfully. My husband says I seem happier, and I think that is true.”
- Dr. Marian Berry, 2014