Healthy Minds—Exploring the Neuroscience of Contemplative Practices

Healthy Minds—Exploring the Neuroscience of Contemplative Practices


About this Episode:

In this episode, Raissa talks with Cortland Dahl about the four pillars of well-being and the role contemplative practices play in health and resilience. He shares about the Healthy Minds framework and discusses initial research findings from randomized-control trials of the Healthy Minds program. Cortland offers cautions for some areas of application and highlights futures questions and anticipated developments in the field.


About Cortland:

Cortland is a scientist, translator, and meditation teacher. His eclectic background includes eight years spent living in Tibetan refugee settlements in India and Nepal and cutting-edge research at the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the lead author of a new scientific framework for well-being and the creator of the Healthy Minds Program, a freely available app-based tool based on the Healthy Minds framework. He has published numerous scientific articles, released twelve books of translations of ancient Tibetan meditation manuals, and is the cofounder of a global network of meditation groups and centers.


APA Citation for this Episode:

Miller, R. (Producer). (2021, June 2). EP205: Healthy Minds: Exploring the Neuroscience of Contemplative Practices [Audio Podcast]. The Thoughtful Counselor. Retrieved from


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