Gratitude

Once a year, go somewhere you’ve never been before. – Dalai Lama

And who knows, a new tradition may greet you. – Modern Mind MD

This year I embarked on 2 new career journeys- this very intimate private practice, Modern Mind Women’s Health, and a medical travel assignment to Billings, Montana. My heart is warmed by all the new traditions of care and caregiving, integrated mind-body measures for health, wellness, & healing and new relationships that have emerged.

This Thanksgiving was spent with my family visiting me at my locums practice in Billings, Montana. The nearby mountain town of Red Lodge was the venue for our homemade meal, and my younger daughter Amelia, our annual Thanksgiving chef, created a new tradition of Thanksgiving brunch charcuterie board. Artistic yum!

May all our blessings abound, this holiday and always.

Have you tuned in to your longing?

This morning I listened to the sound of rain. The sound of rain falling on the Front Range of Colorado is not the most common of sounds.  I did not expect for it to be a moment of meditation, though in retrospect, it was indeed.  I became intentional about hearing it- paying attention to the sound of the medium sized drops and watching the rain fall onto the backyard garden, grass, fruit trees, rocks and more. I listened as the sound of the drops became louder and then softer.  Freshness, renewal, growth – reminding me of a favorite quote from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh “the tears I shed yesterday have become rain.”

We are often engaged in the practice of meditation without even knowing that we are- perhaps it’s in those moments that we become aware of our longings. When we bring intentionality to the practice, we reap the benefits- and with the growing body of research, this list of benefits is getting longer every day. To me, mindfulness is a quality that can be cultivated to transform our longing into intention. 

Now sprouting from a seed watered long ago is the latest offering at Modern Mind Women’s Health.  A small group of clients came together for a 5 week series.  These are people who, just like me and you, live a full life and yearn to manifest their longings.  Eager to dive deeper into the complex web that makes us human, we convened together to tune in, listen and share deeply. We completed Level 1 below.

Mindful Meditation Groups – yet to be named (yes, please help, I’m taking suggestions!) – are sprouting:

  • Level 1- From Longing to Intention – a small group for mindfulness cultivation, with practical meditation and mindfulness instruction, focused inquiry, sharing and discussion (5 sessions, $350)
  • Level 2- Participants Contributing and Sharing – a supervised group for continuation of intentional practice (5 sessions, $200)
  • All levels- Drop In (literally, pausing the day and “dropping in” to mindful meditation practice) – a commitment to deepening practice

What do you need? What do you long for? How would you like to begin? Let us together discover *magic (Mindful Approach for Gynecologic and Gestational Integrative Care). Contact Dr. Jenny Kim: modernmindmd@gmail.com

Mindful Birthing, Mindful Everything

On the 10th Anniversary of the book, a new curriculum for Childbirth Education is flourishing- Happy Birthday “Daisy!”

I wake up reflecting on the blissful 10th anniversary celebration of Nancy Bardacke’s offering to the world, held on July 10, 2022, and her wish for the world and the world’s children. She informed the worldwide community of MBCP teachers and all those who supported her in the creation of the Mindful Birthing Foundation that she has always held on to a note written by a female physician who worked in Nicaragua during the time of the Sandinista revolutionaries. The physician wrote with this aspiration- that although she is taking off her gloves and washing her hands after a birth, leaving a gift of a new person emerging into the world, she is not washing her hands of the duty to provide our people with a new world. In recent years, the world is suffering from a fever, and greed and hatred and delusion are running wild, causing additional layers of individual and global suffering.

The anticipation of birth provides a unique window for all of us- it is a time when the wish to offer our best for a new beginning harnesses the desire to seek out the best in ourselves. Mindfulness provides the tools- the tools for grounding in our inner resilience even in times of chaos.

Expecting couples, let us join together for the next series of Mindful Birthing, to offer not only the best of ourselves to our new being, but also to each other and the world. Inquire today!

“It’s not just a birth class, It’s a life class” – Participant Erin Hirmke

VUCA: volatile. uncertain. complex. ambiguous.

Hey, it’s crazy out there!  These are VUCA times- Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous.  This concept applies to almost everything in our dynamic world. Daunting? No doubt, yes indeed. 

But what if we embrace that we are exactly where we need to be?  What if we actually incorporate the tools for collaboration and participation that we all have access to?  What if we believe that we and our children have the capacity to heal and thrive in VUCA?

Our attention is our most valuable commodity at a time when distractions are fierce. Let us reset in the groundedness and stability that lies within.  

At Modern Mind for Teens, we use *magic (Mindful Approach for Gynecologic Integrative Care) to cultivate the practices of heart centered health.

The brilliance of the brain

The adolescent brain is undergoing a phenomenal process called Brain Remodeling; pruning & myelination.  Pruning involves removing the connections that are not used, and myelination takes the ones that are left and makes them faster.  Whether an adolescent is pursuing an academic or athletic or artistic pursuit, they are likely to thrive with the brilliance and resilience of the adolescent brain.  What other skills are needed to thrive in life despite setbacks and challenges?  When do we struggle and what do we do in those times? Luckily, all brains have neuroplasticity, the amazing capacity to change and adapt. At Modern Mind for Teens, we cultivate practices for empathy, compassion and connection, so we can learn together in a state of receptivity rather than resistance. 

Learn more about the brain’s Neuroplasticity from Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Teens do need Privacy but why might they be driven to Secrecy?

The teenage brain is going through a process of self-discovery and the desire for more privacy is a natural part of growing up to gain autonomy and individuality. Giving kids more and more freedom is a key part of helping them develop the skills they need to be functioning adults.  What resources will help them cultivate a sense of trust, community and support so they can maintain privacy rather than be driven toward secrecy?

At Modern Mind for Teens, we cultivate practices for safe and healthy self-discovery and sharing.

The richness we possess

Self-worth, self-esteem, self-compassion; let’s uncover the jewels that are ours to keep

-Dr. Jenny Kim, Modern Mind MD

Positive affirmations build self-esteem in order to create a more stable sense of self-worth.  In a world where we are constantly exposed to information and feedback, solicited or unsolicited, praiseworthy or humiliating, our sense of self-esteem can easily falter.  What can we lean on in those times?  Or rather, how can we lean in? The research on self-compassion is compelling.  At Modern Mind for Teens, we cultivate practices for self-compassion so that our teens can fumble forward into the self-worth that every human deserves.

STIs happen to all, so we haven’t got time for the shame

Teen Summer Workshops ‘Let’s Talk about Sex.’  Because of COVID-19, we all have a better understanding of viral infections, and how Every Body is at risk for exposure.  What do COVID and HPV have in common?  Why are Pap testing guidelines changing?  How can we destigmatize infections and learn how to stay healthy and connected?  Let’s remove the stigma and replace it with understanding infections, prevalence, and modalities for spread and prevention.

Modern Mind for Teens invites you, Let’s Talk about Sex!

WORKSHOP Topics

Age Appropriate

Inclusive of all genders

9-11 year old are invited to attend with a parent.

12-14 year old- teens only

15-19 year old- teens only

WORKSHOP Locations

Longmont- Thursday evenings hosted at Community Roots Midwife Collective, 738 Coffman Street

Boulder- Tuesday evenings hosted at Joy Collective/Birth Center of Boulder

Request a Workshop in your area

Mindful Birthing with PRIDE

Mindful Birthing families come in all shapes, sizes, and orientations, and all are welcome in our classrooms.

In the US, between 2 million and 3.7 million children under age 18 have an LGBTQ+ parent. Approximately 191,000 children are being raised by two same-sex parents. Overall, it is estimated that 29% of LGBTQ+ adults are raising a child who is under 18.

-LGBT Demographic Data, 2019; Press Release 2019; Gates, Marriage and Family 2015

Summer Class starts end of June for due dates September, 2022 and beyond

Pride Month – June 2022

Teen Summer Workshops ‘Let’s Talk about Sex.’ In celebration of PRIDE month, this class is always inclusive of all genders. We honor adolescents in their process of growth and exploration. Getting to know oneself and one’s intentions allows us the courage to find love and happiness, require consent (a basic human right), and maintain healthy boundaries. Modern Mind for Teens provides the perspective of a gynecologist and meditation instructor- Register for a session in Boulder, Longmont, or request a workshop in your location: