Meditation and MindBody Medicine

The International Center for Mindfulness, Meditation, and MindBody Medicine

Have you ever wondered what the health and medical applications of different meditation practices are?

Have you searched for personal practices to help you as a physician, nurse, or helping professional to stay calm, clear minded, centered, compassionate, balanced, focused, and open to intuitive intelligence during the intense stress of your work?

Have you noticed that the quality of your presence has a profound and immediate effect on your colleagues and coworkers?

Are you interested in learning methods with evidence-based value that provide low cost, highly effective and immediate benefits to patients who suffer from a wide variety of different conditions?

Over the past thirty plus years our programs on Meditation and Medicine have inspired a diverse audience of thousands of physicians, researchers, nurses, pharmacists, and other health caring professionals from dozens of leading medical centers and schools to integrate mindfulness and contemplative practices into their work in integral/blended mindbody medicine.

The International Center for Mindfulness, Mediation, and Mindbody Medicine was founded by Joel & Michelle Levey.  They serve as core faculty for the University of Minnesota Medical School at the Center for Spirituality and Health, as adjunct faculty for the Institute for Spirituality and Health at University of Texas Medical Center.  They are pioneers in the field of mindbody medicine and have helped to inspire the emergence of wholistic, integrative, and blended approaches to the practice of medicine.  They are founders of the Meditation and Medicine ning website – A dynamic learning community exploring the interphase of contemplative inner-science, medicine, and the healing arts.

The Leveys also serve as core faculty for Bastyr University’s Center for Spirituality, Science, and Medicine where they direct the Meditation and Medicine: Exploring the Vital Role of Contemplative Disciplines in MindBody/Integral Medicine and the Healing Arts Program for physicians, nurses, naturopaths, clinicians, and helping professionals.  For nearly a decade they have served faculty for a N.I.H. CAM program through the University of Washington Medical School attended by medical students from medical schools throughout North America and have trained hundreds of medical students in Meditation and Medicine. They have also served as faculty for the American Medical Student Association’s (AMSA) H.E.A.R.T. Program. They have worked extensively with the faculty at University of Washington Medical and Nursing Schools to expand their programs to include elements of the Meditation and Medicine curriculum and are on the faculty of Mahidol University’s Contemplative Education and Transformational Learning graduate Program in Thailand.

Nobel Laureate the Dalai Lama, an advisor and supporter on a number of the Leveys’ projects, encouraged them in their work saying in a letter to them: “You are presently engaged in work that has great prospects for bringing the inner sciences and technologies of human development and transformation to a very wide section of people who may not under ordinary circumstances come into contact with these teachings.”   Their work has also been praised by: Jon Kabat-Zinn; Daniel Goleman; Larry Dossey, M.D.; Joan Borysenko; Willis Harman; Margaret Wheatley; Andrew Weil, M.D.; Gladys Taylor McGarey, M.D., Jack Engler, M.D.; and Kent Peterson, M.D..

Our programs have inspired thousands of leaders and staff from hundreds of medical centers, universities, and organizations including: U.S. Surgeon General’s Office, U.S. Army Special Forces Medics, M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Providence Health System, Kaiser Permanente, Providence Saint Peter’s Hospital, Children’s Orthopedic Hospital, Virginia Mason Medical Center, University of Washington School of Psychosocial Nursing, Saint Alphonsus Medical Center, Saint Joseph Medical Centers, Swedish Medical Center, University of Alberta Hospitals, International Medical Program, Menninger Foundation, The Health Care Forum, Planned Parenthood, Ballard Medical Center, Cancer Control Agency of British Columbia, Life Sciences Institute, Northwest Primary Care Association, Penn. Society for Behavioral Medicine & Biofeedback, Pennsylvania Technology Council, Texas State Biofeedback Society, Washington State Dental Association, Washington State Nurses Association, Washington State Pharmaceutical Association, University of Arkansas Medical School, Indianapolis Community Medical Center, University of Portland Nursing School, North Hawaii Community Hospital, Five Mountains Hawaii Foundation, University of Hawaii’s NPAC Program, and St. Francis Hospice of Honolulu.

The Institute’s Five Level Meditation and Medicine Curriculum offers an in-depth training opportunity for physicians, nurses, and other health caring professionals seeking to integrate inner contemplative practices into their clinical practice and work in the world.

To learn more or to arrange for a special workshop or program on Mindfulness, Meditation, and Medicine for your organization, contact us.