SUMMIT SESSIONS

Bobby Mukkamala, MD

Mindfulness as a Proactive Practice for Well-Being

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What You'll Learn

  • Explore how student and professional performance improved in an area where mindfulness practices were incorporated

  • Understand how mindfulness can empower you to deal with everyday challenges in a healthy way

  • Follow along in a short practice to drop into your body, feel how you are feeling right now, and let go of stressors that are out of your control

About Bobby Mukkamala, MD

Bobby Mukkamala, MD is an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor in his hometown of Flint, MI. He shares an office with his wife, Nita, an Ob-Gyn. Dr. Mukkamala has served on the Crim Fitness Foundation board of directors for a decade. The Crim has evolved beyond just physical fitness and is now teaching the community about the role of mindfulness on the overall health, and has programs in all Flint Community Schools. You can learn more about Dr. Mukkamala and his work on his website.

About Mark Bertin, MD

Mark Bertin, MD is a developmental pediatrician and author of How Children Thrive, Mindful Parenting for ADHD and The Family ADHD Solution, which integrate mindfulness into the rest of evidence-based pediatric care. He is a contributing author for the book Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Kids and Teens. Dr. Bertin is on faculty at New York Medical College and the Windward Teacher Training Institute, and on the advisory boards for the non-profits Common Sense Media and Reach Out and Read. He is a regular contributor to Mindful Magazine, and his blog is available through Mindful.org and Psychology Today. For more information, please visit his website.

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11 Comments

  1. Colleen May 25, 2019 at 11:34 am - Reply

    As a Canadian pharmacist, I find the Headspace App and Moodgym (AU) website useful for patients.

  2. Diane Bossung May 25, 2019 at 8:20 am - Reply

    Thank you! Many useful, practical points from start to finish in this talk. Thank you for your efforts on a personal level of practice, on local level in your medical practice, schools and community and on national levels as part of medical boards, etc. The take-home points that will empower my day-to-day life include your comments about how mindfulness can create the PAUSE in which I can: stop the downstream consequences of stress; interrupt the cycle of emotional negativity that is so easy to fall into; open my mind to other positive/beautiful things that are also happening in the midst of what is stressful for me; and open my mind to possible solutions that I can enact or that I can support other people to enact.
    I also was drawn in by the artwork behind Dr. Mukkamala’s head. Seeing the women there, I kept thinking about the women in Dr. Mukkamala’s life who have supported his ability to do all that he is doing today – his Mom, his wife, his grandmother, perhaps Aunts – and I send a THANK YOU off for all those women and the foundation which they set and continue to maintain in perhaps small, yet very meaningful ways…
    Thanks also to The Awake Network for making these Summit’s possible.

  3. Nethra May 25, 2019 at 8:08 am - Reply

    I love the snowglobe analogy. Thank you for your wonderful insights. It felt right to hear about the problems you discussed, and understand how universal they are in terms of human behavior. I was able to reaffirm my angle on the big picture. Much gratitude to you. Best wishes for your continued good work.

  4. Raji Malayamchath May 24, 2019 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    well said….mindfulness depicted in a very simple way….

  5. Laura Chun May 24, 2019 at 9:49 am - Reply

    Thank you especially for your comments beginning at about minute 36. In this situation, we can over analyze the innate goodness of mindfulness – and overthink ways out of not bringing it as an invitation for well-being. This is a hurdle in healthcare, the culture of constant quantification (and rightly so for other things), however in this practice, it is actually the practice of getting out of our own way.

  6. Pat May 24, 2019 at 9:37 am - Reply

    I think it is fantastic that the school system is using mindfulness in the classroom, as it has been shows to have so many useful cognitive and stress reduction benefits.

  7. Kathy May 24, 2019 at 4:55 am - Reply

    Love how he brought in the Serenity Prayer!! Super talk!

  8. Ingrid May 24, 2019 at 3:38 am - Reply

    Thank you! Great examples of how to incorporate mindfulness practice throughout the day. Keeping it simple in a complicated world.

  9. Sil May 23, 2019 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    Listening to your talk I concluded that those kids who are being exposed to mindfulness at school will be better equipped to deal with life stressors. I do think schools around America should should begin teaching mindfulness, it’s a investment that will benefit our children well being. Thank doctor for your great lecture.

  10. Rachel May 23, 2019 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Great conversation–loved to hear about how mindfulness can practically be used in the work day! I feel encouraged that the effort put into practicing mindfulness is worth it.

    • Kathy May 24, 2019 at 4:10 am - Reply

      We have started and definately has helped and believe should be brought into the schools also.

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