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CBD 2022: The Awakened Brain; The New Science of Spirituality and Our Quest for an Inspired Life, with Lisa Miller, PhD

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US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued in December, 2021 a public health advisory on the epidemic of the diseases of despair (addiction, depression, and suicide) and mental fragility in society. Amidst the tsunami of a national mental health crisis, exists at once an antidote and a preventative "vaccine," that is innate, free, and priceless. 

Basic science reveals that all human beings have an innate capacity for spiritual awareness, identified through multiple levels of analysis (MRI, genotyping, epidemiology).

Dr. Lisa Miller will present the latest research illuminating how when we awaken our natural spirituality, Awakened Awareness robustly protects against the diseases of despair, (shown across peer-reviewed published studies). The abundance of data showing its protective and regenerative effects raises the possibility that realizing spiritual awareness is central to our human nature for optimum thriving and wholeness.  

In working extensively for two years with an innovation team in the US Pentagon, the road map of science in The Awakened Brain has been applied for "whole soldier fitness and health" to thousands of soldiers. Just as physical fitness benefits the physical core, spiritual fitness builds the spiritual core.  The US Army data-driven model readily applies to higher education, as seen by the strong response of hundreds of top university leaders in the Awakened Campus Summit and the forthcoming Awakened Campus Global.  

What is the entrance point to Awakened Awareness for the skeptic? As part of this science-based talk, Dr. Lisa Miller will share in two brief practices that engage our own natural capacity for Awakened Awareness.

Lisa Miller, Ph.D., is the New York Times bestselling author of The Spiritual Child and the new book, The Awakened Brain; The New Science of Spirituality and Our Quest for an Inspired Life. Dr. Miller is a Full Professor in the Clinical Psychology Program at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she is the Founder of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, the first Ivy League graduate program and research Institute in spirituality and psychology, and she has held over a decade of joint appointments in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical School. Her innovative research has been published in more than one hundred peer-reviewed articles across leading journals, including Cerebral Cortex, The American Journal of Psychiatry, and the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Miller is Editor of the Oxford University Press Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality (Editions One and Two), Founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of the APA journal Spirituality in Clinical Practice, an elected Fellow of The American Psychological Association (APA), and the two-time President of the APA Society for Psychology and Spirituality. A graduate of Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her doctorate under the founder of positive psychology, Martin Seligman, she has served as Principal Investigator on multiple grant-funded research studies. Dr. Miller speaks and consults around The Awakened Brain and The Spiritual Child for the US Pentagon, businesses, personal development, faith-based organizations, schools and universities, and mental health and wellness initiatives. She is the parent of three vibrant GenZ young adults and a soulful rescue dog.

The Awakened Brain; The New Science of Spirituality and Our Quest for an Inspired Life is part of the free Contemplation by Design Summit, Oct. 9 - 16 and Oct. 28 - Nov. 2, 2022.

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