JILL E. BORMANN, PHD, RN, FAAN – CONSULTANT, EDUCATOR, CLINICAL PROFESSOR AT UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO SCHOOL OF NURSING
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Describe your business:
I provide consultation related to “Mantram Repetition Program” for research, education, presentations and mentoring.
Where are you originally from?
Parker, South Dakota
What made you decide to open this business?
To assist others in learning simple, practical, and evidenced-based mind-body-spiritual strategies for wellbeing and symptom management.
How did you get started?
Over 30 years ago, I learned a form of meditation by Eknath Easwaran from the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation (www.bmcm.org) and began teaching these tools to persons living with living with HIV back at a time when it was considered a terminal disease, before medications. From there, I began a program of research on the Mantram Repetition Program (MRP) in 2000 at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. For an 8 minuyte overview see: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=vZbOOTVJDZs
Why did you choose this profession?
I love psychiatric/mental health nursing and just want to help people live life to its fullest.
What drives you to do what you do? What motivates you?
I see success stories and Mantram Repetition is “portable, practical, inexpensive, simple to learn, and has no toxic side effects.”
What is something most people don’t know about the business?
Owned by a nurse scientist with over 20 years of research experience on Mantram Repetition.
What would your customers say they love most about your business?
“The program works and its easy to learn.”
What are your goals over the next year?
Continue to be of service on a one-to-one, situation specific manner.
What are your greatest challenges?
It is difficult to explain why we use the term “mantram” instead of “mantra” – and that this program promotes spiritual wellbeing, calmness, and quality of life. It can be applied to everything in one’s life.
How long have you lived in the neighborhood?
Moved to Normal Heights in 2000 (20 years).
What were the factors that made you choose this neighborhood?
At the time I could afford to buy a home here and I loved the “small town” feel of our neighborhood.
What do you love most about the neighborhood?
I love the “walk-ability” to everything I need (grocery, pharmacy, restaurants, work-outs, entertainment, and great neighbors).
What are your favorite restaurants in the neighborhood?
Jyoti-Bahanga vegetarian and Kensington Café.
Have you witnessed any significant changes since moving here?
There are more great restaurants and people continue to improve their homes and appearances.
What do you want to see improve the most in this neighborhood?
Renew the off-leash dog-park. Part of it is closed now.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
I love dogs, play guitar and write songs, love being outdoors and gardening.
Why do you think it’s important for people to shop local?
It is absolutely IMPERATIVE that we support our local businesses! Otherwise, they will disappear and we will lose that “home-town” feeling.
What are some of the highest highs you’ve had in life so far?
I’ve obtained national and international recognition for my nursing research. I become a “Fellow” in the American Academy of Nursing and my program was recognized as an “EdgeRunner” for nursing innovation! http://www.aannet.org/ initiatives/edge-runners/profiles/ edge-runners–mantram-repetition-program27
What are some of the lowest lows you’ve had in life so far?
Every member of my nuclear family has passed away. And what got you through it? Friends and my faith.
What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had working with a customer?
People who report nearly miraculous results in only one week of practice (for example, decreases in insomnia, anxiety, or symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Where are your favorite places to go in the neighborhood?
Up and down Adams Avenue and walking the entire street of Mountain View (west, north, east).
What are your favorite things to do in the neighborhood?
Walk and walk and walk … and meet friends at my favorite restaurants.
What else do you do besides work?
I stay in touch with friends and family.
Anything exciting going on that customers should know about?
I am creating free webinars through the non-profit, Psych Armor Institute, which will be available in January or February 2021. There are other educational resources that can be found on YouTube (search terms: Bormann and/or “mantram”).
What is the best way for customers to contact you?
My website: https://www.jillbormann.com/
Who from your childhood had the biggest impact on you? And what did that person teach you?
My mother … she was an example of generosity, kindness, perseverance, and loyalty.
What’s one memory from your childhood that stands out to you?
I played the drums in high school band which generated a lot of curiosity because people were not accustomed to a “drummer girl” versus a “drummer boy”.
What’s your current family situation?
I live with my wife, Evelyn, and our 2 dogs, Rocco and Lola.
What does the future hold for you?
Self-growth, deeper spirituality, adventures.
If a young person asked you for advice on how to live their life, what would you tell them?
“Listen to your gut, pursue your passion and be true to yourself. Visualize what you want in life and go after it, with persistence and gratitude.”
When your life is over, how do you want to be remembered?
“She took the road less traveled by” and was a pioneer in advancing the scientific study of complementary and integrative health (particularly, Mantram Repetition).
Business Contact Information
Phone Number: 619-301-8921
Website / Blog: https://www.jillbormann.com/
Email: [email protected]
Youtube Channel: Search “Jill Bormann” or “mantram”
Links to scientific papers recently published about Mantram Repetition.
This paper simply describes “howto” choose and use a mantram as a portable, practical, evidenced based strategy for self-regulation and symptom management.
Bormann, J. E., Kane, J. J., & Oman, D. (2020). Mantram repetition: A portable practice for being mindful. Mindfulness, 11(8), 2031–2033. doi:10.1007/s12671020-01440-4 (freely downloadable)
This paper provides an overview of the scientific research, including randomized clinical trials, that has investigated the health-related benefits of the Mantram Repetition Program. Such evidence supports its application for managing COVID-19 pandemic-related stress and symptoms.
Oman, D., Bormann, J. E., & Kane, J. J. (2020). Mantram repetition as a portable mindfulness practice: Applications during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mindfulness. Online before print, 16 November 2020. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671020-01545-w(freely downloadable)
Radio interview with Dr. Bormann April 5, 2018 “In the Moment” South Dakota Public Radio, April 5, 2018 http://listen.sdpb.org/post/jill-bormann-offers-mantram-research-update