Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu Ed.D.

Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, Ed.D., is a psychologist in the Stanford University School of Medicine's program in Health and Human Performance, and teaches in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Through narrative and use of self he creates transformative educational spaces at Stanford, schools, and governmental organizations 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, former professor at Tokyo University, Fulbright scholar, APA fellow, and president of the Nichibei Care Network that promotes mental health in Japanese communities. The author of books in Japanese and English including When Half is Whole, Multicultural Encounters, and Synergy, Healing and Empowerment, and From Mindfulness to Heartfulness: Transforming Self and Society with Compassion. 

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Finding Meaning in Life’s Struggles

These stories reveal how people find meaning in life's struggles, healing themselves and others, discovering wholeness, meaning, and balance. They are stories of resilience, acceptance, courage and wisdom, ranging over the life cycle from birth to death with the theme of the art of whole living. The people in these stories are crossing borders that keep us apart and connecting to all parts of themselves and others.

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