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Shamanism as a Connecting Power in Community and Medicine

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Edith Turner, M.A. (Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia) described shamanism and the different processes of healing by this tradition, focusing on the healing and spirit presence of a Northern Alaskan people. Cecile Carson, M.D. (Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, New York) described her personal journey to incorporating shamanic healing in her practice along with five shamanic strategies for patients.
DVD
1999
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)
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The Healing Power of Mindfulness: Living Your Life as If It Really Matters

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Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph. D. (Professor of Medicine and Founding Director, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts) outlined the basic concepts behind "mindfulness" and the practices of meditation and yoga. According to Dr. Kabat-Zinn, "Mindfulness is about non-doing, not doing nothing. It is about "being." He also covered the differences between healing and curing; coming to terms with our reality and acceptance; and the roots and definition of medicine. Dr. Kabat-Zinn described how poetry can lead into mindfulness and recited from Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, and Ranier Maria Rilke and ended with an experience of guided meditation along with questions and answers.
DVD
2001
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)
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Physicians of the Soul: Medical Care of Women

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Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner (Doctor of Theology, University of Dubuque Theological Seminary) discusses the medical care of women beyond the physical. Dr. Stevenson-Moessner addresses the topics of spirituality and health; the significance of the maternal matrix (nurturing, caring, and creating); medical crises such as infertility, hysterectomy, mastectomy, and child-loss; spirituality in medicine; and the hypocratic oath. Matthew Goodman, M.D. (Assistant Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Virginia) poses questions to Dr. Stevenson Moessner regarding referral to pastoral care, expectations of patients, and education of caregivers with the techniques of pastoral care.
DVD
1998
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The Humoral Theory and Models of Optimal Physical and Mental Health in Traditional Tibetan Medicine

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B. Alan Wallace, Ph. D. (Lecturer, Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara) presented a case for the complimentarity of Tibetan medicine with Western medicine. Dr. Wallace traced the history and foundational principles of Tibetan medicine including contemplative practice, mental perception, and the balancing of the three humors (wind, bile, and phlegm which also resemble the humors in Indian Ayurvedic medicine). Leslie J. Blackhall, M.D., M.T.S. (Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Southern California) focused on a few areas (such as explaining the "Why me?" of a cancer patient) where Western medical system has great difficulty. Dr. Blackhall discussed how Tibetan medicine's desire to physically heal is to allow the person to ob [...]
DVD
2000
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Prayer as Therapy: At the Boundaries of the Professional-Patient Relationship

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Cynthia Cohen, Ph. D., J.D. (Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University) outlined the difficulties in empirically testing the efficacy of prayer as therapy and ended her discussion with ethics surrounding the physician-patient relationship and the boundaries in which to question, discuss, and/or encourage the use of prayer. Dennis L. DeSilvey, M.D. (Associate Professor of Medicine and Director, Cardiology Consult Service, University of Virginia) presented his personal philosophy regarding the use of prayer in his own life and interactions with patients.
DVD
2001
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The Healing Arts and the Art of Healing: The Role of Healing Rituals

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Dr. Turner discusses the trend among cultural anthropologists towards the study of rituals as reflective of real states of consciousness and different spiritual realities. She describes the healing rituals of the Ndembu people of Zambia and the Inupiaq of Alaska to illustrate this trend.
DVD
1994
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)
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Mindfulness in Medicine and Psychology: Its Transformative and Healing Potential in Living and in Dying

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Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. (Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Founder, Stress Reduction Clinic and Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts) discussed incorporating Buddhist practices, especially meditation, for aiding in stress reduction and promoting healing. Dr. Kabat-Zinn addressed mindfulness as a process of paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally. This process can enable healing through acquiring self knowledge, personal growth, and transformation in harmonizing mind and body. Dr. Kabat-Zinn also addressed disembodiment, brain changes, worrying, awareness, and wholeness.
DVD
2010
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Inner Harmonies- Music and Healing

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Beverly Seng (CMP, Violoncello, Charlottesville, Virginia) and Eve Watters (CMP, Celtic Harp, Charlottesville Virginia) speak and demonstrated the healing effects of music. Eve played the drum, flute, celtic harp and used her voice and Beverly played the violoncello and also used her voice. Beverly described their work as one which aims to facilitate wholeness, inner peace, and integration. She explained how music heals and the ability of a person playing live music to tailor the experience for each person/patient, bring a caring presence, and use their intuition for what to play and when to stop. Eve discussed other related programs and her hope for the future of clinical music practitioners or music for healing and transition.
DVD
2003
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)
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Being a Healer

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Michael Kearney, M.D., FRCPI (Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Ireland/United Kingdom; Visiting Professor, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Monreal, Quebec; and Visiting Professor, Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, California) discussed how the caregiver is medicine and described the nature of suffering and healing in the physical and psychological realms. Dr. Kearney defined and illustrated two key principles needed for effective healing: (1) the wounded healer (knowing self and depth psychology) and (2) the rainmaker (inner harmony).
DVD
2004
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)
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The Scalpel and the Silver Bear - Bridging Cultural Differences

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Lori Arviso Alvord, M.D. (Assistant Professor of Surgery and Associate Dean of Multicultural and Student Affairs, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, New Hampshire), the first Navajo woman to become a surgeon, read from her book (The Scalpel and the Silver Bear: The First Navajo Woman Surgeon Combines Western Medicine and Traditional Healing) a passage on a Navajo healing ceremony called the "Night Chant." Dr. Alvord discused how Navajo healing and wellness (especially mental wellness) is based on living in harmony, in balance with all of creation (i.e. with other human relationships, the earth, and the animals), in a manner called the "Beauty Way." Navajo spirituality includes positive mental imagery and the use of art (music, dance, costumes, rugs, jewelry, etc.). In conclusion, Dr. [...]
DVD
2003
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)
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A Visit to Monet's Garden and Other Healing Spaces

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Elizabeth Murray (Author and photographer for the book "Cultivating sacred space: gardening for the soul") presented a slide show illustrating several famous gardens and their tranquil and sacred "spirits." Gardening as a process and/or visual experience can have a profound soothing effects on one's spirit and ability to cope with life's difficulties, sadness, and pain. Ms. Murray illustrated symbolic elements in nature, principles of design, and possibilities for creating healing spaces such as one inner city garden created in Philadelphia. Georgiana McCabe (Owner of Snow Mountain Nursery in Greene County, Virginia) discussed some of the concepts from Elizabeth Murray's book that inspired her. She also described how our view of lawns traces back to the English estates and man's mast [...]
DVD
1998
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)
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Cultivating Self-Compassion: Mindfulness and the Restoration of the Healer

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Saki F. Santorelli, Ed. D. (Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine; Executive Director, Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society; and Director, Stress Reduction Program, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts) discussed the importance of listening both for self and patients and addressed the rising rate of burnout, the importance of the wounded healer and cultivating empathy. Dr. Santorelli also defined three key elements to the process of restoration and maintaining a healthy self, control, committments, and challenge.
DVD
2004
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)
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Spiritual Healing and Medical Care: Resolving Conflicts Between the State and Christian Science Parents

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The panel explores the conflicts that sometimes arise between Christian Science parents and the state over appropriate health care for children from legal, ethical and Christian Science viewpoints.
DVD
1990
Health Sciences (Rare Shelves)