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.
Mindfulness as a Wisdom Practice integrates contemplative practice with creative arts, world philosophies, and health sciences. Our focus is on the cultivation of everyday mindfulness styles and practices which open our imaginative appreciation to the wonders of life—even in its seemingly most mundane dimensions. Our creative inspiration for this week will be Yasujirō Ozu’s masterpiece Tokyo Story and the ideas surrounding “devotional cinema.”