Inspiring Minds: Live Conversations Offering Wisdom for Our Time

Join Mind & Life for our monthly online Inspiring Minds 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. At a time of profound global crises, we’ll be looking at how science and contemplative wisdom can inform efforts to build a more just, compassionate, and inclusive world.

Each heartfelt conversation will include a guided meditation and artistic offering, and inspire us with a call-to-action to be a force for positive change. A recording of the event will be made available afterwards.

Our December conversation, “Finding Connections: Pathways to Embodied Wisdom,” features Peter Wayne, Willa Blythe Baker, and Srinivas Reddy. Peter Wayne is the recipient of Mind & Life’s Catherine Kerr Award for Courageous and Compassionate Science.

On December 16 from 2:00-3:30pm ET our guests will 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


Peter Wayne, PhD

Harvard Medical School

Convening Faculty

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 … MORE

Willa Blythe Baker

Natural Dharma Fellowship

Convening Faculty

Lama Willa Blythe Baker, PhD, is the Founder and Spiritual Director of Natural Dharma Fellowship in Boston, MA and its retreat center Wonderwell Mountain Refuge in Springfield, NH. She was … MORE

Srinivas Reddy

IIT Gandhinagar

Convening Faculty

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 … MORE