Inspiring Minds: Live Conversations Offering Wisdom for Our Time

Join Mind & Life for our 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, the series looks at how science and contemplative wisdom can inform efforts to build a more just, compassionate, and inclusive world.

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

Our April episode, “The Role of Attention and Awareness in an Era of Misinformation and Digital Seduction,” features Amishi Jha and Jon Kabat-Zinn, with cellist Barbara Bogatin.

On April 14 from 2:00-3:30 PM Eastern Time in the U.S. we learned about the inner workings of the mind, and how to cultivate greater attention and wise action in how we conduct ourselves individually and collectively. Topics that were explored included:

  • Strategies for observing, rather than identifying, with the content of our thoughts, feelings, and patterned habits
  • Mindfulness practice as an act of love, and as a tool for prosocial civic engagement

The event was hosted by Mind & Life Program Manager Shankari Goldstein and included time for audience questions and engagement. A recording will be available soon on this page and on our YouTube channel. (Note: registration is not required to view the recording). 


Amishi Jha, PhD

University of Miami

Convening Faculty, Fellow, Grantee, PPC Member

Amishi Jha is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami, and Director of Contemplative Neuroscience for the Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative, prior to which she was … MORE

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD

University of Massachusetts

Fellow, Founding Steward

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. is Professor of Medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he founded the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society (in 1995), … MORE

Barbara Bogatin

San Francisco Symphony

Cellist Barbara Bogatin has been a member of the San Francisco Symphony since 1994. She has appeared on numerous SFS video productions, including the Sound Box and Chamber Music Series … MORE