How can we practice self-care through COVID-19 and beyond? And why should we? It’s easy to create distractions with the latest technology, news stories, or television shows. Welcome to Mindful by Design, an audio course all about mindfulness, meditation, evidence of how it all works and some guidance to make it work for you. Over five episodes and accompanying meditations, Rev angel Kyodo williams introduces core principles of the mindfulness practice through both science and lived experience.
Rev angel Kyodo williams invites the listener to get curious about starting a mindfulness practice. To help start the journey, Rev sits down with Dr. Helen Weng and Dr. Clifford Saron to introduce the theory and science of mindfulness, against the backdrop of their personal practices and research.
Dr. Helen Weng is an Assistant Professor Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California San Francisco. She is a faculty member at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and an affiliate faculty member of the Neuroscape Center. For more on Dr. Weng's research, click here.
Clifford Saron, PhD is a Research Scientist at the Center for Mind and Brain and MIND Institute at the University of California at Davis and has had a long-standing interest in the effects of contemplative practice on physiology and behavior. Dr. Saron directs the Shamatha Project, a multidisciplinary longitudinal investigation of the effects of intensive meditation on physiological and psychological processes central to well-being. For more on Dr. Saron's research on meditation, COVID-19 stress, and telomere length, click here. Check out his research lab website here.