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Applied Meditation Practices: A Taoist Approach

Wednesdays, May 16, 23 & 30
7:00pm-9:00pm
Tibetan House, 4900 Tchoupitoulas Street
Course fee: $60

This 3 module course taught by Stephen Josephs, ed.d and Jose Calderon-Abbo, m.d. looks at meditation as a pathway to feeling fully alive in the midst of life challenges. What are normally considered hinderances can, in fact, be gateways to our ever expanding experience of awareness. The practices you will learn are designed to deepen and stabilize your meditation.

In three successive sessions, we will learn specific sets of meditative skills that we will apply to 1) Pain reduction, 2) Unwanted behaviors and thoughts, and 3) The Paradox of Goal Achievement.

You may recognize this approach to inviting, accepting, and embracing all experience as characteristically Taoist in flavor. It is. Yet its principles are not only consistent with non-dual teaching from many traditions, but with recent discoveries in neuroscience.


Dr. Calderón Interviewed on Groundless Ground, mental health podcast 

Groundless Ground is a podcast hosted by Lisa Dale Miller, LMFT, LPCC, SEP, who specializes in Integrative Psychotherapy and Somatic Experiencing Therapy. She is the author of a highly regarded textbook on Buddhist psychology for mental health clinicians, Effortless Mindfulness: Genuine mental health through awakened presence and a recent chapter in The Handbook of Mindfulness: Society, Culture and Context. Lisa is a dharma teacher and has been a yogic and Buddhist meditation practitioner for over four decades.

Listen Here!


Farewell to the Private Practice, more Mind-Body Groups coming soon!

Dr. Calderón’s Adult Psychiatry Practice has now closed, as of March 1st, 2018. He has taken a position as Medical Director of Behavioral Health for Louisiana with Optum/United Health Group. Thank you for your support through the transition, and please stay tuned! Dr. Calderón will continue to offer mind-body medicine and mindfulness trainings, classes and groups, and will continue to host the Whole Body Mental Health Radio podcast. Subscribe to our mailing list by emailing staff@mindfulpsychiatry.com to learn about upcoming events.

If you are a prior patient, please click here for more information about making arrangements to transfer your care.

Release of Information Request

We’d also like to announce at this time an upcoming hiatus of Whole Body Mental Health Radio shows, beginning in May. We will be continuing the show sporadically, however new episodes will no longer be recorded on a weekly basis. Whole Body Mental Health Radio is and has been an amazing experience for us, and we hope the discussions have provided you, our listeners, with both practical and world-broadening information about mental health and relapse prevention. With almost 100 shows to date, we’ve definitely broadened our own horizons! We’ve spoken to experts on mindfulness, law, climate change, addiction, sleep, MDMA-assisted therapy, and mental health in outer space; to quantum neuroscientists, cyberpsychologists, neurotheologists, rabbis, Buddhist llamasSensei and so many inspirational others. We will be continuing our series on Climate Psychiatry, along with a few shows on other topics, until mid-May, after which the show will continue, but with less regularity. The time allotted for preparing, holding and editing the show will henceforth be used for planning and conducting more mind-body groups, as well as allowing for further involvement with the Climate Psychiatry Alliance. Thank you for your interest and encouragement. We’ve received much positive feedback and feel so grateful towards all of our speakers who have been generous enough to share their time and expertise, as well as our supportive listeners. Past shows will still be available on iTunes.


Descending Inward:
An Encounter with Nature, Dharma and Neuroscience in the Grand Canyon

Descending Inward is Dr. Calderón’s reflective new post about his experiences walking the 25 mile Rim-to-Rim hike of the Grand Canyon. Walk with him as he recounts a story of survival, mindfulness, fear and interconnectedness, told from the overlapping perspectives of neuroscience and Buddhist teachings. It is a story depicting the ever-circling forces of life and beauty, in constant entwinement with entropy, fear and death; a story that weaves together the 4.5 billion year journey of the Earth, and the even older journey of the cosmos, with the interdependence of all organisms, then and now, all ancestors, all living beings, each single step.

From Descending Inward:

I looked one last time at my backpack, satisfied, it seemed complete enough. I left the books behind because at this point, there was nothing else they could add except pounds. 2:45 am I looked at my watch and called Liza one last time before entering 14 hours of hiking in mobile phone silence, text silence, off-the-grid silence.  Like spaceships traveling behind the moon, in the canyon we would have no reception, a bar-less desert, “I’ll call you when we surface… I love you, send my love to the kids and…thank you for supporting me.”    Read More…


Dr. Calderón is board certified in psychiatry and addiction medicine, with an additional certification in mind-body medicine. He offers a number of services and programs through Mindful Psychiatry and through the Mindful Living Program. He also hosts a weekly podcast, Whole Body Mental Health Radio on iTunes, and is an active member of the Climate Psychiatry Alliance.

Mindful living involves us all. In the caring for others, we care for ourselves, as we are all interconnected and depend on one another. Mindful Psychiatry supports our community through donations and public service. We also offer our podcast and this website as resources for the international community towards enhancing whole body health.


Whole Body Mental Health Radio is a show that thinks broadly about mental health and addictions, from the mind-body connection and genetics, to the community and the world. Listen live on WHIVfm, Wednesdays 7pm ct and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

 


“we are not political. we are scientific.”

The Climate Psychiatry Alliance aims to provide trustworthy information  on the mental health impacts of climate change and sustainable action by clinicians and researchers with an eye toward clinical, policy-oriented and solutions-based perspectives.

Professional psychiatry societies are recognizing that the climate change has a disproportionate impact on those with mental illness. A recent article, “Climate Change: A Call to Action for the Psychiatric Profession” discusses the potential consequences of climate change on general and mental health, as well as ways the profession can respond to this pressing situation. Read the full article here.