Cultivating a Healthy Mind: The Neuroscience of Awareness, Connection, Insight, & Purpose with Dr. Richie Davidson

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Dr. Richie Davidson

Dr. Richard J. Davidson: Neuroscience trailblazer, well-being advocate, and Founder of Center for Healthy Minds and Healthy Minds Innovations. Bridging science, well-being, and human Flourishing.

Episode Summary

What is a healthy mind? Do you practice mental hygiene? Dr. Richie Davidson’s mission is to cultivate wellbeing as a skill, and relieve suffering through a scientific understanding of the human mind. As a pioneering neuroscientist, a mindfulness and meditation teacher, and a global public advocate and guide—he has been a proponent for healing, wellbeing, and social change, finding evidence that awareness, connection, insight, and purpose are the pillars of a healthy mind—and woven through it all, is compassion. Includes two real-time meditative practices to help integrate empirical and spiritual insights with a practical way of being.

Show Notes

What is a healthy mind? Do you practice mental hygiene? Dr. Richie Davidson’s mission is to cultivate wellbeing as a skill, and relieve suffering through a scientific understanding of the human mind. As a pioneering neuroscientist, a mindfulness and meditation teacher, and a global public advocate and guide—he has been a proponent for healing, wellbeing, and social change, finding evidence that awareness, connection, insight, and purpose are the pillars of a healthy mind—and woven through it all, is compassion. Includes two real-time meditative practices to help integrate empirical and spiritual insights with a practical way of being.   In this bountiful conversation with Richie Davidson, we discuss:
  • Two kinds of learning—declarative and procedural—that need to be integrated in order to cultivate mental and spiritual health
  • The four pillars of a healthy mind: awareness, connection, insight, and purpose
  • How to cultivate a mindset for healthy relational connection
  • How to understand the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves and how this impacts our well-being and spiritual health
  • The over-emphasis (even approaching hype) on mindfulness that seems to be present in our culture
  • What a healthy approach to meditation might be in our spiritual lives
  • The science and spirituality of love and compassion
 

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About Dr. Pam King

Dr. Pam King is Executive Director the Thrive Center and is Peter L. Benson Professor of Applied Developmental Science at Fuller School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy. Follow her @drpamking.

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  • Host: Pam King
  • Senior Director and Producer: Jill Westbrook
  • Operations Manager: Lauren Kim
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Special thanks to the team at Fuller Studio and the Fuller School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy.

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