Bradley Lewis, MD, PhD,
is an associate professor at New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and a practicing psychiatrist. He has interdisciplinary training in humanities and psychiatry, and his recent books are Narrative Psychiatry: How Stories Can Shape Clinical Practice and Depression: Integrating Science, Culture, and Humanities.
The Bhagavad-Gita is the most popular and widely studied of the Hindu scriptures. Shakespeare’s Hamlet is arguably the most influential text in European literature. Both of these classic works deal with a young prince responding to the struggles of his time. Perhaps unsurprisingly, both princes respond initially with anxiety and paralysis. But, the good news is that both princes also find their way to the other side of this response. Like the princes in these texts, we too live in difficult times, and we too are prone to respond with anxiety and even paralysis.
Mindfulness teachings often isolate the practice from larger cultural, spiritual, and expressive contexts. This workshop goes the other direction: it integrates secular mindfulness practices with the wisdom of World philosophies and with the creative arts. The workshop is for those new to mindfulness, those with an established practice, and for psychotherapists interested in integrating mindfulness into their clinical work. It is co-taught by a psychiatrist and cultural scholar from New York University, and an experienced meditation teacher.