Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu Ed.D., is co-founder of Stanford University's LifeWorks program for integrative learning that fosters the growth of “whole students.” Through narrative and use of self he creates spaces in healing circles at Stanford, Fielding Graduate University, and other settings for mindful, appreciative, and connected inquiry to address global and local issues in education and health. His teaching, research, counseling, and training focus on crossing human and institutional borders to connectedness and wholeness through respect for diverse forms of knowledge, worldviews and ways of being.
Trained as a teacher and clinical psychologist, he is a graduate of Harvard University, professor at Tokyo University, Fulbright scholar, APA fellow, and president of the Nichibei Care Network that promotes mental health in communities impacted by the 2011 disasters in Japan. The author of books in Japanese and English including When Half is Whole, Multicultural Encounters, and Synergy, Healing and Empowerment, his global research on multiethnic families and identities is enriched by his Japanese and Irish heritage and presented in the storytelling, The Celtic Samurai.
The stories here have been told to me and are being passed on to you. They reveal how people find meaning in life's struggles, healing themselves and others, discovering wholeness, meaning, and balance. I have found wisdom in their stories; they have inspired, heartened, and guided me in finding the courage to accept what cannot be changed and to do what I can with what I am given. I hope that you find them to be a source of serenity, better enabling you to feel connected to all parts of yourself and to others and live with appreciation and gratitude in each moment of your life.