Urgent Mindfulness Practices in Times of Increased Stress

by Jan Chozen Bays, MD

Join Dr. Bays as she guides you through meditation practices to help “restore yourself to being centered, clear-minded, and compassionate.”  The short practices below invite you into a place of compassionate self-care during these stressful times at work, home, or anytime you feel the need for a dose of mindful medicine.

Introduction: Mindful Medicine Practices for Self-Care

Brief Body Scan

Breathing in Peace, Breathing Out Love

The Five-Seven-Eight Breath

Mantra Practice

Loving-Kindness Practice

Grounding as You Walk

Gratitude Practice

Offerings for Cultivating Ease

Actively Practicing Gratitude by Jan Chozen Bays, MD

Breathing Together by Jan Chozen Bays, MD

Loving Hands by Jan Chozen Bays, MD

Eye of an Eagle Guided Meditation by Jan Chozen Bays, MD

Three-Minute Breathing Space for Healthcare Providers by Laura Martin, LCSW

Self-Compassion and Breath Awareness Practices by Denise Gour, LCSW

Honoring Our Healthcare Workers

Choir of Women Physicians Sings RISE AGAIN

Grace in a Pandemic, Interview with Wendy Lau, MD

News Articles

Mindfulness Medicine Non-Profit Helps Medical Professionals

Providence inScope: Avoiding Burnout with Mindfulness

Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland: Mindfulness techniques help providers in both professional and personal lives (see page 4)

Teaching Doctors to Be Mindful

How Mindfulness Can Make for Better Doctors

Easing Doctor Burnout With Mindfulness

In Mindfulness, a Method to Sharpen Focus and Open Minds

The Power of Concentration

Mindfulness: Getting Its Share of Attention

Mindful Eating as Food for Thought

Lotus Therapy

O.K., Google, Take a Deep Breath

How Meditation Might Boost Your Test Scores

Medical Journal Articles

Association of an Educational Program in Mindful Communication With Burnout, Empathy, and Attitudes Among Primary Care Physicians. JAMA 2009. JAMA. 2009;302(12):1284-1293. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1384.

Intervention to Promote Physician Well-being, Job Satisfaction, and ProfessionalismA Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Internal Medicine 2014. JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(4):527-533

Abbreviated Mindfulness Intervention for Job Satisfaction, Quality of Life, and Compassion in Primary Care Clinicians: A Pilot Study. Annals of Family Medicine 2013.

Physician burnout: a potential threat to successful health care reform. JAMA 2011.

Cultivating mindfulness in health care professionals: a review of empirical studies of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR).

A Multicenter Study of Physician Mindfulness and Health Care Quality. Annals of Family Medicine 2013.

Mindfulness Programs

University of Massachusetts Center For Mindfulness

University of Wisconsin

UC San Diego

UC Los Angeles

Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism


University of Iowa

Meditation Instruction, Guided Meditations and Talks





Search Inside Yourself (Google) Resources link (talks on mindfulness)