Mind & Life
Cliff Saron - Embracing Complexity

Cliff Saron - Embracing Complexity

December 17, 2021

CliffSaron_sq.jpgIn this episode, Wendy speaks with neuroscientist and contemplative researcher Cliff Saron. Cliff is a pioneer in studying the effects of meditation on attention and emotion, and has been deeply embedded in the field of contemplative science since the earliest days. This conversation covers many topics, including:

  • his winding path into contemplative research;
  • drilling down and pulling back;
  • conducting research with Tibetan monks in India;
  • how brain signals can predict behavior, and implications for free will;
  • the importance of context in meditation research;
  • effects of intensive meditation on attention, markers of cellular aging, and purpose in life;
  • community-engaged participatory research;
  • communicating the nuance and uncertainty inherent in science;
  • Ubuntu, and living into our interdependence.

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Bobbi Patterson - Contemplation, Place, and Resilience

Bobbi Patterson - Contemplation, Place, and Resilience

December 3, 2021

BobbiPatterson_sq.jpgIn this episode, Wendy speaks with professor and Episcopal priest, Bobbi Patterson. Bobbi's work integrates Christian contemplation, Buddhist meditation, contemplative pedagogy, the role of place, and adaptive resilience. This conversation covers many topics, including:

  • contemplative Christian traditions;
  • the power of silence;
  • dialogue between Christianity and Buddhism;
  • a Christian contemplative view of mind;
  • women in the church;
  • how to listen to a place;
  • bringing students into nature and urban settings;
  • the role of the body in contemplation;
  • understanding burnout;
  • and adaptive and land-based resilience.

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