Leonard Capozzi, MA, L.Ac.
Mindfulness Instructor & Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Welcome to my website, Mindful-by-Nature, a project that I started in 2017 to bring together my interests and expertise in the fields of mindfulness practice and Chinese medicine.
I am a California and nationally licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist specializing in stress reduction and natural mood support as well as a qualified instructor of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
My work is rooted in my own history of loss, grief, injury and illness, and the important lessons that I have learned, and continue to learn, about how the attention, intention and attitude that we bring to our life makes all the difference in either creating opportunities for growth, transformation and healing, or in deepening our suffering.
My earliest training was as a volunteer at the Center for Attitudinal Healing in Marin County, California, a center founded by Dr. Jerry Jampolsky to provide emotional and spiritual support for people affected by life-threatening illnesses or grieving the loss of a loved one.
I then went on to receive a masters in clinical social work at the University of Chicago, where I studied about recovery from post-traumatic stress. That led to work with UNICEF in West Africa, to working with children and families in the SF public schools and then back to the Center for Attitudinal Healing where I directed the Children and Young Adults Program, and traveled to work with people in the wake of the 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City and with refugees of war in Croatia and Bosnia.
In that same period I had a chronic health condition that was cured by Chinese medicine and, fascinated by Chinese medicine’s deep insights into the unity of mind and body, I decided that my next step was to go to the source of one of the world’s great holistic medical traditions. I traveled to Taiwan to start my studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and after nearly 4 years there I returned to the US and received a master’s degree from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Along the way, I supplemented my studies with internships in the clinics of two master-level practitioners, Noach Bittelman and Robert Levine.
From my earliest days working with children and young adults at the Center for Attitudinal Healing, to my work as a social worker, and then while seeing patients as a practitioner of Chinese medicine I have increasingly come to understand that the root of much illness and suffering is the relative inattention with which we live our lives, and the fact that we often resist life as it is in the present moment.
These insights, combined with some of my own experiences of the power of mindfulness practice, sparked a desire to share this healing tool in a formal way. I then decided to pursue training at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the center founded by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979 to help people who, as he said at the time, “were falling through the cracks of the healthcare system.”
I bring over 30 years of meditation and yoga practice to my work as a qualified teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and am currently pursuing my certification under the supervision of Dr. Bob Stahl. I teach the MBSR 8-week class, lead other classes on mindfulness practice, bring mindfulness practice into my work with patients, and do individual consultations for people wanting to learn how to use mindfulness practice as a tool for health and healing in their lives.