Werner Absenger holds a doctorate in mind-body medicine. His master's degree is in human nutrition. Dr. Werner shares research, opinion, and practice episodes.
Research episodes address the findings of evidence-based data for contemplative interventions.
In opinion episodes, Dr. Werner argues the value and limitations of meditation and mindfulness practice.
Practice episodes are just that, a chance for you to experience meditation and mindfulness guided by Dr. Werner. Practice episodes allow you to establish your own self-care regimen.
Clinicians and patients might find the Mindfulness Unfiltered Podcast helpful. Dr. Werner aims to inform about the potential as well as the limitations of mindfulness meditation in the healthcare setting. Especially if you have to deal with complex health care decisions due to chronic disease and/or cancer.
Mindfulness (minus the hype) skill training in medicine: An interview with Dr. Kristi Artz
You can't miss this episode if you want to know what a major health system is doing to train their physicians and medical staff in culinary medicine and contemplative practices such as mindfulness?
Join Dr. Werner, co-creator of the Mindfulness Skill Training in Medicine for an interview with Dr. Kristi Artz. Dr. Kristi is Spectrum Health's Medical Director of Lifestyle Medicine, Spectrum Health MedNow, and Lead Physician for the Culinary Medicine program.
Loving-kindness meditation: A model to increase clinicians well-being, build resilience, and avoid empathic distress fatigue in the face of suffering
Research: Health care professionals (HCP) are vulnerable to stress and empathy fatigue. HCP face exposure to suffering patients and an emotionally exhausting work environment.
Dr. Werner presents evidence that loving-kindness meditation, may be an essential pathway to effective emotion regulation.
In an era in which many HCP suffer from professional burnout, engaging in regular contemplative practice may be a way in which HCP not only heal themselves but heal their patients as well.
Dukkha Unplugged-Change is inevitable-Suffering is not!
Opinion: An application of Shakyamuni Buddha’s philosophy on dukkha in the modern world (physical and psychosocial ailments such as chronic stress, job burnout, chronic pain, and chronic illness and so forth) and evidence-based, western mindfulness practice for the cessation of suffering and better quality of life.
35-Minute Non-Guided Meditation (Intrinsic) Practice
Practice: Practitioners from our Monday evening meditation group asked if I could help them time their meditation practice. In this episode, you won't hear much talk. Sure you'll listen to a brief intro. The meditation practice is bookended by three strikes of the gong at the beginning to help you settle. You'll hear two strikes of the bell, marking the end of formal meditation practice. Between the gongs is silence to allow for your intrinsic (non-guided) meditation practice to unfold.
Confronting Our Mortality: What Happens When We Die?
Opinion: My goal today is to talk a little about how my experience with the finiteness of life directed me toward meditation and mindfulness at the Absenger Cancer Education Foundation. At ACEF we help survivors and loved ones deal with quality of life and existential issues surrounding living and dying by delving into contemplative practices.
Establishing a Regular Mindfulness Practice by Counting Breath
Practice: Dr. Werner introduces you to a mindfulness meditation exercise called "Counting your Breath." He also provides some helpful tips on how to get a regular contemplative practice such as mindfulness meditation started and stick with practice on a regular basis.