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Introduction—Episode 3: Healing From Within (Healing and the Mind) (01:17)


The doctors in this video represent a growing field of medicine that believes the way we think and feel can significantly affect our physical health and coping capacity.

University of Massachusetts Medical Center (10:33)

Doctors turn to Buddhist meditation to help patients. Jon Kabat-Zinn heads the stress reduction clinic. He cites the conditions of several patients and leads them through a session. Bill Moyers asks patients about their experiences and medical conditions.

Mediation and Awareness (08:07)

Patients practice 45-minute exercises at home and then share their experiences during class at the stress reduction clinic. The mind continually chatters; thoughts drive many actions and behaviors. Meditation is bout examining that chatter and becoming aware of its patterns.

Pain Management (05:23)

In the U.S., pain treatment costs $63 billion a year. Dr. John Zawacki refers patients to the stress reduction clinic. During the third week, Kabat-Zinn gets the patients to practice yoga. They eventually learn to be comfortable within the pain or anxiety.

Dan Kelleher (08:13)

Kelleher practices meditative exercises to manage the pain resulting from multiple back injuries. He and his wife discuss his physical condition and its effect on their daily lives. Kabat-Zinn urges patients to move into their pain to become "unstuck." Meditation is a way of being.

Present in Moment (08:57)

Kabat-Zinn leads patients in meditation exercises and they discuss their experiences; little things and little moments are life. Patients describe the changes they have experienced after eight sessions of the stress reduction clinic.

Stanford Medical Center Research Study (07:41)

Nearly 50,000 women will die of metastatic breast cancer every year. Dr. David Spiegel leads a psychotherapy group where women share their thoughts and feelings about metastatic breast cancer He discusses initial research results, repeating the study, and the first session.

Psychotherapy Session: Six Weeks In (06:48)

The group appears to be at a transition point. The women share thoughts and feelings about cancer and therapy. Spiegel discusses why expressing feelings benefits health and the helper therapy principle.

Psychotherapy Session: Confronting Death (11:36)

Group members deal with fears of dying in a more palpable way. On October 30, 1991, the group meets for the first time since Debbie's death. Spiegel compares the cultural approach to dealing with cancer and the group's approach and discusses benefits of grieving.

Psychotherapy Session: Openness (04:38)

The group readily accepts three new members. After four months, the women are noticeably closer and more honest with one another. Judy discusses her cancer's recurrence and hiding her feelings. Feelings of isolation affect one's physical health.

Psychotherapy: Family and Others (10:02)

Sandy discusses her family's response to her diagnosis and suggestions of counseling. Her daughter Jennifer finally attends a family group session. Spiegel discusses social support and isolation. He leads the women's group in a meditation exercise.

Credits: Episode 3: Healing From Within (Healing and the Mind) (01:57)

Credits: Episode 3: Healing From Within (Healing and the Mind)

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In this episode, Bill Moyers spends several weeks with two therapists who are treating patients without any drugs or surgery. Jon Kabat-Zinn runs a stress reduction clinic in the middle of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, which involves Eastern meditation techniques. And at the Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, California, Dr. David Spiegal is helping a group of women with metastatic breast cancer speak to each other about their experiences — and extending their lives as a result. Demystifying Eastern meditation, Kabat-Zinn says, “What meditation is really about is looking deeply into the chatter of the mind and becoming more aware of its patterns.” Emphasizing the need to bring the mind to stillness, he says, “If you hope to really grow in strength and wisdom and bring healing into your life, you have to at some point come to the realization that this moment is precious. And not only precious, but it’s wonderful, even if you’re in pain, in this moment.”

Length: 87 minutes

Item#: BVL283741

ISBN: 979-8-88678-608-8

Copyright date: ©1993

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