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From Mindfulness to Heartfulness

Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu
Berrett-Koehler Publishers

Millions have found mindfulness to be a powerful practice for reducing stress, enhancing attention, and instilling tranquility. But it can offer so much more—it can transform you, make you more fully awake, alive, and aware of your connection to all beings. In Japanese, the character that best expresses mindfulness, 念, consists of two parts—the top part, 今, meaning “now,” and the bottom part, 心, meaning “heart.” Using stories from his own life as the son of an Irish father and a Japanese mother, a professor in Japan and America, a psychotherapist, a father, and a husband, Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu describes eight “heartfulness” principles that help us realize that the deepest expression of an enlightened mind is found in our relation to others.

Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu is a consulting professor in the School of Medicine and teaches in the Program in Human Biology, Anthropology, and in the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University.