Episode 7 – Dr. Bill Cook

On an October morning, Adam  travelled to the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital. Fortunately, this visit to the Fredericton Hospital was not related to ill health- in fact, quite the opposite. The nature of this visit was to interview MindBody Medicine Practitioner, Dr. Bill Cook. MindBody Medicine offers a natural practice to relieve one’s self of stress and to improve overall quality of life- even in the presence of medical conditions. MindBody Medicine could serve as a helpful tool to most of us; as members of a fast paced society may find it hard not to feel stressed at times. This environment is referred to as a ‘multitasking society’ by Dr. Cook, which causes us to under focus on tasks at hand.

Dr. Cook explains that although we are cautioned to pay attention throughout our lives we are not actually taught how to do so. Dr. Cook speaks about paying attention on purpose, and the awareness and attitudes which encompass mindfulness. Understanding mindfulness as an attitude of openness; as an appreciation of day to day moments and acceptance of what happens on a day to day basis. Dr. Cook poses an excellent question of how we might live well today and also in our golden years (even when ‘unpleasnt’ experiences arise).

Shifting the way one responds to life stressors can have meaningful, long term effects. MindBody Medicine is connected to that positive shift in understanding how to best respond to life stressors. As the Iris Center website explains, “MindBody Medicine (MBM) is hardly new, this is just the current term for a branch of medicine that is ancient in its nature and current in its science. It represents a return to and recognition of the truth and wisdom of virtually all ancient wisdom philosophies and medicine that treated body and mind non-dualistically, that is, as an integral whole.”

Listen to the podcast episode with Dr. Bill Cook to learn more about MindBody Medicine.

Additional Links

Learn more about Dr. Cook’s Practices (along with scheduling information to participate in the next mindfulness activity!)
http://iriscenter.ca/wordpress/?page_id=10

Fredericton Shambhala Centre member Wade Wilson’s interview with Dr. Cook about the Mind Body Stress Reduction Program:
http://fredericton.shambhalatimes.org/2011/05/25/mindfulness-in-medicine-a-conversation-with-dr-william-bill-cook/

Spirituality & Health is a helpful website to learn spiritual practices. Click the link below for 9 practices for Conscious Aging: http://spiritualityhealth.com/articles/nine-practices-conscious-aging

The Center for Conscious Eldering, based in Durango, Colorado, is dedicated to supporting the development of conscious elders. Learn more about The Center for Conscious Eldering:  http://www.centerforconsciouseldering.com/content/conscious-aging-resources

Conscious Aging Institute (CAI) is a Colorado Corporation founded in 2008, located in beautiful Boulder, Colorado at the foot of the Rockies. Learn more about this Institute’s Values and mindfulness practices:
www.consciousaging.com/default.aspx

Explore “An Innovative Conference and Media Series For People In the Second Half of Life And For Organizations and Sponsors Who Want To Reach Them”; an aging consciously initiative for boomers and seniors who want to thrive –physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially – in the second half of life.
http://www.retireeincome.com/resources/files/aging_consciously.pdf