Dr. Joan Borysenko: Cultivating Resilience Through Mind-Body Mastery

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I am grateful to have had the pleasure and opportunity to connect with Dr. Borysenko and am excited to share this inspiring conversation.

For those who are unfamiliar with her work, Dr. Joan Borysenko has been a true trailblazer through the field of mind-body medicine, playing a significant role developing the field to where it is today, largely integrated into the conventional medical system. But, it all didn't simply come from nothing! In this conversation, Dr. Borysenko shares her part in evolution of mind-body medicine, and so much more.

We talk about...

  • Her journey in self-healing and how she was put on this path

  • The evolution of the field of mind-body medicine

  • How cultivating resilience can be such a valuable asset for health and wellbeing

  • Other practices, aside from mindfulness, that are important for health and wellbeing (i.e. nutrition!)

She starts this conversation with a short guided meditation, so if you have a chance to close your eyelids and tune inward, I highly encourage you to do so!

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About Joan

This distinguished pioneer in integrative medicine is a world-renowned expert in the mind/body connection. Her work has been foundational in an international health-care revolution that recognizes the role of meaning, and the spiritual dimensions of life, as an integral part of health and healing. Eloquent and inspiring in settings that range from hospitals to hospices, from theaters to conference venues, and from boardrooms to houses of worship, she is a credible bridge between faith and reason. Her brilliance, humor, and authenticity—in combination with the latest research—make her a compelling and inspiring speaker and writer.‚Äč

After graduating magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College in 1967, Dr. Borysenko earned her doctorate in Medical Sciences from the Harvard Medical School, where she completed post-doctoral training in cancer cell biology. Her first faculty position was at the Tufts University College of Medicine in Boston. But after the death of her father from cancer, she became more interested in the person with the illness than in the disease itself, and returned to Harvard Medical School to complete a second postdoctoral fellowship, this time in the new field of behavioral medicine. Under the tutelage of Herbert Benson, M.D., who first identified the relaxation response and brought meditation into medicine, she was awarded a Medical Foundation Fellowship and completed her third post-doctoral fellowship in psychoneuroimmunology.

In the early 1980’s Dr. Borysenko co-founded a Mind/Body clinic with Dr. Benson and Dr. Ilan Kutz, became licensed as a psychologist, and was appointed instructor in medicine at the Harvard Medical School. Her years of clinical experience and research culminated in the 1987 publication of the New York Times best seller, Minding the Body, Mending the Mind, which sold over 400,000 copies. The 20th anniversary edition, newly revised, was published in 2007. Author or co-author of 16 other books and numerous audio and video programs, including the Public Television special Inner Peace for Busy People, she is the Founding Partner of Mind/Body Health Sciences, LLC located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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