Putting The Mind Inside The Body with Cathy Kerr

Dr. Cathy Kerr

Dr. Kerr investigates the neuroscience of meditation and Tai Chi.

What do we mean when we say we “put our mind inside our body” when we meditate, do qigong, or Tai Chi?

Dr. Cathy Kerr helps us understand this question from the perspective of modern neuroscience. In addition to being a Tai Chi practitioner, Cathy is the Director of Translational Neuroscience at Contemplative Studies Initiative and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Brown University.

Drawing on a growing body of research from mindfulness meditation, her own work on sensory processes, and ancient texts, Cathy explains these Eastern practices develop your Western brain in areas that span physical health as well as mental and emotional well-being.

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  1. Michael says:

    Very interesting discussion. It is nice to hear that science is now supporting much of the knowledge practitioners “knew” but had a hard time getting others to believe and/or understand.

  2. Carl Guhman says:

    Great stuff. Thanks again!

  3. Great QR about how qigong practice can increase our focus and attention inside the sensing/ feeling body (not visualizing). Great to come present and bypass the history/ thinking mind. Great Radio. Thanks!

  4. Gilles Tourangeau says:

    I would just like to comment on the fact that Cathy does not define what «mind» is. Can the mind be embodied? What is the relationship of mind and brain (brain being an integral part of the body). She implies that the mind is out there but not in the body since she trying to bring the mind in the body. This gives the impression that mind and body are two separate entities? Is it too simplistic to merely say that the brain creates the mind (and thus the mind cannot be out there). Or can we safely say that the mind activates the brain? Food for thought. Thanks!

  5. Jim Spray says:

    It seems that there is a lot of relationship here between how the Russians used visualization to improve their Olympic athletes performance many years ago and Neuro linguistic Programing developed by Bandler.