Live Conversations Offering Wisdom for Our Time
Inspiring Minds is Mind & Life’s online conversation 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 look 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 will be made available afterwards.
With Host Shankari Goldstein
Inspiring Minds is a live online conversation series hosted by Shankari Goldstein. For over 10 years she has been an avid social and environmental justice activist and Registered Yoga instructor. Shankari continues to find ways to uplift the contemplative voices of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) to inspire diverse audiences. She currently lives on a regenerative farm with her husband, and more than 70 animals, medicinal herb gardens, and edible landscapes. Shankari serves as Program Manager at the Mind & Life Institute.
Season 2 Conversations
Inspiring Minds – February 2022
Healing Intergenerational Trauma
This conversation features Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela and Aaron Stern, with artist Hawah Kasat sharing innovative programs and approaches designed to nurture meaningful dialogue, break down barriers, and facilitate personal transformation aimed at healing the harmful legacies of the past.
Topics: Compassion & Empathy | Contemplative Wisdom | Self & Other
Inspiring Minds – January 2022
From Climate Distress to Climate Action
Our January 2022 conversation features Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and Elissa Epel. They discuss how contemplative practice can build resilience to address injustice and the climate crisis.
Topics: Environment | Social Change | Stress & Resilience
Inspiring Minds – November 2021
Mindfulness Approaches to Addiction and Recovery
Our November conversation features Eric Garland and Durga Leela, with musician Geoffrey Menin. They discuss mindfulness and embodied practices for holistic healing.
Topics: Body-based Practices | Brain & Cognitive Science | Mental Health | Mindfulness
Inspiring Minds – September 2021
Sustaining Social Change Movements through Kinship and Contemplative Practice
Our September conversation features Adam Bucko and Fred Bahnson, with musicians Holy River. They discuss how Christian contemplative practice can reinforce our sense of interconnection, reciprocity, and kinship.
Topics: Compassion & Empathy | Contemplative Wisdom | Social Change | Stress & Resilience
Season 1 Conversations
Inspiring Minds – April 2021
The Role of Attention and Awareness in an Era of Misinformation and Digital Seduction
Topics: Brain & Cognitive Science | Compassion & Empathy | Mindfulness
Inspiring Minds – March 2021
Transformative Change: Where Research and Action in the World Meet
Topics: Interconnection | Mindfulness | Social Change | Stress & Resilience
Inspiring Minds – January 2021
Mindfulness, Resilience, and Compassion for the New Year
Topics: Compassion & Empathy | Mindfulness | Stress & Resilience
Inspiring Minds – December 2020
Finding Connections: Pathways to Embodied Wisdom
Topics: Body-based Practices | Contemplative Wisdom | Stress & Resilience
Inspiring Minds – November 2020
Yoga as a Tool for Social Change
Topics: Body-based Practices | Social Change
Inspiring Minds – October 2020
Mindfulness and Racial Healing
Topics: Contemplative Wisdom | Interconnection | Self & Other