This is the third event in Mind & Life’s Inspiring Minds Series: Live Conversations Offering Wisdom for Our Time, a monthly online series that brings together thought leaders and contemplatives to engage with one another and the audience in exploring the role of the mind in human flourishing. The December event will begin with a distinguished presentation by Peter Wayne, who is the recipient of Mind & Life’s Catherine Kerr Award for Courageous and Compassionate Science.
Each heartfelt conversation will include a guided meditation and artistic offering—the December artist is sitarist Srinivas Reddy. The program will end by inspiring us with a call-to-action to connect to our own inner-knowing to be a force for positive change.
Join us via Zoom on December 16 from 2:00-3:30pm ET as we discuss the relevance of ancient wisdom practices today and the profound inner-knowing that lies within the body. We’ll explore:
- How transdisciplinary approaches inform mind-body and integrative medicine research and clinical care; and
- Embodied practices (e.g., Tai Chi, Qigong, somatic-oriented meditation, yoga) for accessing the wisdom of the body
The event will be moderated by Mind & Life Program Manager Shankari Goldstein and include time for audience questions and engagement. We hope you can join us for an afternoon of inspiration, connection, and community building!
Willa Blythe Baker
Willa Blythe Baker, PhD is an author, translator and teacher of contemplative practices. Her books include Everyday Dharma, The Arts of Contemplative Care and The Wakeful Body (upcoming from Shambhala, 2021). She is the founder and Spiritual Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship in Boston, MA and its retreat center Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in Springfield, NH.
Peter Wayne, PhD, is a researcher and practitioner in the field of mind-body and integrative medicine. Dr. Wayne is the Bernard Osher Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and the Director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, jointly based at HMS and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is also the Founding Director of the Tree of Life Tai Chi Center in Boston.
Srinivas Reddy is a scholar, translator and musician. He studied classical South Asian languages and literatures at UC Berkeley and currently teaches at Brown University and IIT Gandhinagar. Srinivas is also a concert sitarist and spends his time performing, teaching and conducting research around the world. His most recent book is Raya: Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagara (2020).