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David Creswell – Exploring Equanimity

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In this episode, Wendy speaks with social psychologist and contemplative researcher David Creswell. David has been studying the effects of meditation on stress and resilience for over a decade, and has conducted some of the most rigorous studies to date investigating which aspects of mindfulness interventions bring benefit. This conversation covers many topics, including:

  • integrating psychology and Buddhism since high school;
  • understanding stress and resilience;
  • acceptance and equanimity in mindfulness;
  • bringing scientific rigor to the study of mindfulness through dismantling trials;
  • effects of equanimity on the stress response and positive emotions;
  • how contemplative skills spill over from the cushion into daily life;
  • how practice changes the brain and why those changes matter;
  • a risky study with a president's daughter;
  • the promise of apps to deliver mindfulness;
  • how acceptance differs from passive resignation;
  • and viewing biology and psychology as two sides of the same coin.

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