The Center for Mind-Body Medicine https://cmbm.org Teaching Thousands to Heal Millions Wed, 24 May 2017 18:13:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Celebrating our Mother Earth: A Message From James Gordon, MD https://cmbm.org/blog/earth-day/earth-day/ https://cmbm.org/blog/earth-day/earth-day/#respond Sat, 22 Apr 2017 12:41:12 +0000 https://cmbm.org/?p=16590 The Center for Mind-Body Medicine's founder and executive director, James S. Gordon, MD shares his thoughts on Earth Day.

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The Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s founder and executive director, James S. Gordon, MD shares his thoughts on Earth Day. Happy Earth Day!

James Gordon, MD at Standing Rock

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Earth Day: Connecting with Nature is Fundamental to Wellness https://cmbm.org/blog/earth-day-related-mindfulness/ https://cmbm.org/blog/earth-day-related-mindfulness/#respond Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:26:36 +0000 https://cmbm.org/?p=16573 Happy Earth Day! Earth Day reminds us of our inextricable relationship with the natural world and our responsibility to safeguard the planet and its inhabitants. In the long run, we can only be as healthy as our planet. Here, at the Center for Mind Body Medicine, we understand that our connection with nature is fundamental. And, as with all of ... Read More

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Happy Earth Day! Earth Day reminds us of our inextricable relationship with the natural world and our responsibility to safeguard the planet and its inhabitants. In the long run, we can only be as healthy as our planet.

Here, at the Center for Mind Body Medicine, we understand that our connection with nature is fundamental. And, as with all of the Mind-Body Medicine techniques we teach, we draw on established research as well as folk wisdom to support holistic health. For example, Ecotherapy, which is a synthesis of ecopsychology and psychotherapy, uses nature-based interventions to promote physical and emotional wellbeing. Research in this field has demonstrated that cortisol levels may decrease by twice the threshold, pain levels may be alleviated by fourfold, and blood pressure may be lowered. Our connection with the Earth is essential to personal and relational wellness—wherever we live.

In each community where we work, CMBM’s trainings are integrated with the distinctiveness of the local cultures and practices. For example, on Pine Ridge Reservation, we honor indigenous values, the sacredness of Nature, and appreciation for the oneness of all people. In this context, actions—such as beginning our days with sacred ceremonies, burning sweetgrass in our group rooms, and using language that honors our interconnectedness—enrich and expand our model. It is possible that the resilience and hope of indigenous communities—on Pine Ridge and elsewhere—is a testament to the therapeutic power of Nature.

We value this principle in all of our programs. During our Food As Medicine training, we discuss the importance of a high plant-based diet to promote wellness. During our professional trainings, we may practice Mindful Walking to remind ourselves to walk gently on the Earth, with care and attention. The CMBM model is based on the importance of self-care, self-awareness, and group support to bring presence and connection to ourselves and the world around us.

As we celebrate Earth Day, the staff at the Center for Mind Medicine reminds you to take a mindful pause to put yourself in the present moment. We encourage you to tend to gardens, walk in your neighborhood and observe the new Spring blooms, and sit outside and practice a few minutes of Soft Belly breathing. Enjoy the opportunity to be in sync with the natural rhythms of nature and your body. We honor the Earth—and your journey on Her.

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International Women’s Day https://cmbm.org/blog/international-womens-day/ https://cmbm.org/blog/international-womens-day/#respond Wed, 08 Mar 2017 18:40:28 +0000 https://cmbm.org/?p=16419 Jim shares his thoughts on International Women's Day and the virtues of women that we should embrace as a society.

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Fulfilling Trauma’s Hidden Promise https://cmbm.org/blog/healing-trauma/fulfilling-traumas-hidden-promise/ https://cmbm.org/blog/healing-trauma/fulfilling-traumas-hidden-promise/#respond Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:00:05 +0000 https://cmbm.org/?p=16237 Don't miss Jim's TEDMED talk released January 17, 2017 and then tune into his Facebook Live Q&A at 4PM ET.

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UPDATE: Watch “Fulfilling Trauma’s Hidden Promise” at TEDMED.com

On January 17, 2017, the Center for Mind-Body Medicine founder and executive director, James Gordon, MD’s TEDMED 2016 talk entitled, “Fulfilling Trauma’s Hidden Promise” will be made available at TEDMED.com. We will update this post with the link, but we will also be hosting a Facebook Live session with Jim where he will answer your questions about his talk and his work. He will go live at 4PM ET on January 17.

Sign up for the Facebook Live Q&A

Photos of Jim’s TEDMED 2016 Talk, “Fulfilling Trauma’s Hidden Promise”

TEDMED 2016 on Twitter

 

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Breathing in, Breathing out: Haiti’s Children https://cmbm.org/blog/haiti/breathing-breathing-haitis-children/ Thu, 06 Oct 2016 17:33:56 +0000 http://www.cmbm.org/?p=3195 The first of a series of short videos by award-winning documentary filmmaker Tod Lending on our Global Trauma Relief work in Haiti.

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The Center is pleased to premiere the first of a series of short videos by award-winning documentary filmmaker Tod Lending on our Global Trauma Relief work in Haiti.

In this 2-minute video Breathing in, Breathing out: Haiti’s Children, the Center’s Haiti Country Director, Linda Delmont Métayer, MA works with children in 3 different classrooms, and Center founder and director James S. Gordon, MD speaks about the effects of this work in relieving stress and suffering.

In the first classroom, Linda leads girls in Soft Belly meditation, a powerful mind-body skill the Center has taught all over the world. The children are students in all-girls elementary school which is under reconstruction in Port-au-Prince.

The second classroom of mixed girls and boys is in an elementary school in Cite Soliel, the most dangerous neighborhood in Port-au-Prince. This school is attached to an orphanage and a community clinic.

In the third classroom, 9th grade girls are shown talking about their drawings, and Linda works one-on-one with one student.

Read more about our Haiti program
Try Soft Belly meditation

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Meditation for Anxiety https://cmbm.org/blog/mind-body-medicine/meditation-for-anxiety/ https://cmbm.org/blog/mind-body-medicine/meditation-for-anxiety/#respond Thu, 21 Jul 2016 12:37:54 +0000 https://cmbm.org/?p=11984 Using meditation for anxiety has become more common in recent years. We have some tips on using mindfulness meditation to reduce anxiety.

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Meditation quiets your body and allows you to observe more calmly the mind-generated terrors that may alternately agitate and immobilize you. And meditation nourishes the courage and persistence you will need as you make the journey through and beyond anxiety, despondency, and fear.

James S. Gordon MD from Unstuck

Using meditation for anxiety has become more common in recent years. The belief is if you confront and accept your anxiety instead of avoid it, then you can learn how to prevent it from affecting other areas of your life. Anxiety often comes from some fear of the past or the future; meditation brings you back to the present moment. Everyone experiences anxiety differently, and for a variety of reasons. Luckily, there are several types of meditation, so each individual can decide which works best for them.

Concentrative meditation is a focused awareness of a particular object, such as an image or a sound. Our most popular meditation for anxiety is Soft Belly breathing, which combines deep breathing with guidance to focus the brain. The focus helps move anxious thoughts to the periphery of our consciousness, allowing us to relax.

Shaking and dancing in HaitiMindfulness meditation involves being relaxed and aware of thoughts, feelings, and sensations as they arise, without focusing on a particular object. This is what people typically think of when the word “meditation” is mentioned. Becoming aware of your anxious thoughts and emotions, you can nourish and strengthen yourself, allowing yourself to gradually release the hold they have on you.

Expressive mediation includes active techniques, such as chanting, dancing, shaking, and fast, deep breathing. Movement alters brain chemistry, and therefore mood. Exercise has been shown to decrease anxiety time and time again. Our favorite expressive meditation for anxiety is Shaking and Dancing – a surefire way to melt the anxiety away.

 

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CMBM Founder to Speak at TEDMED 2016 in Palm Springs https://cmbm.org/announcements-dr-james-gordon/cmbm-founder-speak-tedmed-2016-palm-springs/ https://cmbm.org/announcements-dr-james-gordon/cmbm-founder-speak-tedmed-2016-palm-springs/#respond Fri, 17 Jun 2016 19:08:01 +0000 https://cmbm.org/?p=12443 Dr. James Gordon has been selected to speak at TEDMED in Palm Springs, CA this October.

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On June 16, 2016, TEDMED announced the speakers for the upcoming TEDMED talks in Palm Springs November 30 – December 2. Among the line-up on speakers is James Gordon, MD, the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine. James Gordon will be speaking as part of the seventh session, Truth and Beauty.

What if simple self-care techniques could help free the world from the effects of trauma?

James S. Gordon, MD

TEDMED participants can register at the organization’s website.

About TEDMED

TEDMED is the independently owned and operated health and medicine edition of the world-famous TED conference, dedicated to “ideas worth spreading.” TED Talks have been viewed online over two billion times around the world.

Created by TED’s founder, TEDMED convenes and curates extraordinary people and ideas from all disciplines both inside and outside of medicine in pursuit of unexpected connections that accelerate innovation in health and medicine. Best known for our annual event, TEDMED is a year-round global community.

About James Gordon MD

Psychiatrist, author, advisor to the White House, and professor at Georgetown Medical School, James Gordon is a world-renowned expert in using mind-body medicine to heal depression, anxiety, and psychological trauma. A proponent of “self-care as the true primary-care,” Jim founded The Center for Mind-Body Medicine in 1991. Through CMBM, Jim has created training programs of comprehensive mind-body healing for physicians, medical students, and other health professionals; for patients with cancer, depression, and other chronic illnesses; for US veterans back from war; for traumatized children and families in Bosnia, Kosovo, Israel, Gaza, Haiti and with Syrian refugees. Jim’s latest book is Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression. Last year, 60 Minutes featured his work with war-traumatized children in Israel and Gaza.

More about Dr Gordon at JamesGordonMD.com.

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How to Cure Depression https://cmbm.org/press/how-to-cure-depression/ https://cmbm.org/press/how-to-cure-depression/#respond Mon, 28 Mar 2016 18:16:22 +0000 https://cmbm.org/?p=14851 Dr. James S. Gordon, MD speaks on the future of mind body medicine for Samueli Institute's new Brain, Mind and Healing website. Visit www.brainmindhealing.org

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Did you know that doctor’s miss 68% of depression in men and 1/3 of women who see a doctor walk away with a prescription for an antidepressant? You see sometimes doctor’s just doesn’t have time to really find out what is wrong with you so they’ll just try to hide the symptoms with a pill, a pill that more and more research seems to indicate doesn’t really help heal depression in the long run. Dr. James Gordon, a doctor who gives the healing power back to the patients themselves, uses a combination of different mind/body therapies — but no chemical antidepressants.

Dr. Gordon discusses depression on The MasterMind Show on Tipping Point Radio.

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The Future of Mind-Body Medicine https://cmbm.org/press/future-mind-body-medicine/ https://cmbm.org/press/future-mind-body-medicine/#respond Tue, 15 Mar 2016 17:27:12 +0000 https://cmbm.org/?p=14843 “To make self-awareness, self-care, and group support central to all healthcare-the training of health professionals and the education of our children.”

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James S. Gordon, MD speaks on the future of mind body medicine for Samueli Institute’s new Brain, Mind and Healing website. Visit www.brainmindhealing.org to learn more about mind body medicine, placebo, consciousness, resilience, and bioenergy medicine.

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Two Words That Can Change Your Life https://cmbm.org/blog/food-as-medicine/two-words-that-can-change-your-life/ https://cmbm.org/blog/food-as-medicine/two-words-that-can-change-your-life/#respond Sun, 21 Feb 2016 17:04:47 +0000 https://cmbm.org/?p=12218 Dr. Tanmeet Sethi shares how the overlooked value of thankfulness can have surprising health and medical benefits.

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In this thought provoking TEDx talk, Dr. Tanmeet Sethi (faculty member of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine) shares how the overlooked value of thankfulness can have surprising health and medical benefits.

Tanmeet Sethi, M.D. is an integrative physician, teacher, writer and mother. She is passionate about Real Medicine, not the kind that comes out of a bottle but the kind that comes from caring for ourselves through Real Food and Real Mind-Body Medicine. She has dedicated her career to teaching physicians and patients these ideals. She also teaches food as medicine classes in the community and is starting a new culinary medicine curriculum for resident physicians.

Join Dr. Sethi at Food As Medicine in Portland, Oregon from June 2-5 2016. She’ll be teaching Mind-Body Nutrition & Nutrition for the Developing Brain.

Make your reservation at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront! The hotel is where all our faculty lectures, meals, and activities will take place for Food As Medicine. Located on the banks of the Willamette River, featuring spectacular views of Mount Hood, the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront is within walking distance of top downtown attractions – kayaking, markets, shops, cafes, restaurants, and parks.

Have your hotel booking confirmation code ready, and register for Food As Medicine before March 1st to take advantage of our special flash discount: tuition is only $450. This is an incredible offer: Physicians save $745 off of full price! Other healthcare professionals save $475 & students save $225! To receive this special discount rate, please follow all of the steps below.

HOW IT WORKS

Step 1. Reserve your room at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront by clicking here, or by calling the hotel at 503-226-7600 and asking for the “Food As Medicine/The Center for Mind-Body Medicine” rate of $209/night (exclusive of taxes and fees)

Step 2. After you book hotel reservation, ask for your reservation confirmation number (you will need this when you register for Food As Medicine)

Step 3. Click here to register for Food As Medicine

  1. You’ll be taken to a page that requests that you enter your email address twice.
  2. In the “Please select registration type” pull-down menu, please select “Flash discount.”
  3. Then press the “Continue” button.
  4. On the next page, please enter your personal information and then,
  5. Complete the “Other info” section. In this section, click “Yes I have made reservations at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront” and input the hotel reservation confirmation number given to you by the Marriott Downtown Waterfront hotel.
  6. Complete the “Additional Participant Information” section below and click “Continue”
  7. Complete the rest of the registration pages and you’ll receive $450 tuition.

*Note – this flash discount can not be combined with scholarships, early bird or any other discount or promotion. This discount is exclusively available to participants who are registered for, and staying at, the Portland Marriott Waterfront hotel. This offer is a first come, first serve basis and is based solely upon hotel availability.

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