John Shepard is the Center for Mindful Practice manager at IU Health. He offers resources to team members and patients in the areas of emotional intelligence, self-awareness, focus and overall well-being. About 7 weeks ago John underwent open-heart surgery. His post-op recovery has allowed him to practice those principals on himself. "My recovery has been kind of zig zaggy, from physical to mental to emotional challenges," said John. "One practice in mindfulness is called gratitude and it's different than gratefulness. Gratitude is more of a heart-opening experience when you actually consider all the support that you have. It kind of creates a shift in your perspective... it's a feeling of connection to other people; it's also a feeling of connection to yourself; and I think it's the most important thing that has brought me through this."