On a live YouTube broadcast from April 16, a man in a turtleneck talks softly, slowly. He asks viewers how they’re feeling during the coronavirus pandemic.
The chat box scrolls restlessly.
These responses come from Moscow, Paris, and Kathmandu, as well as cities around Wisconsin. The anxieties of the moment seem to be crashing into the broadcast. But, seated in his homey office, Richard Davidson is serene. He continues to speak in a soothing voice, as if he had the secret to healing the world. Can he do it in a mere 27 minutes?
Center founder and director Richard Davidson, is leading a guided meditation for Healthy Minds Innovations. The nonprofit collaborates with the Center for Healthy Minds. His YouTube video — part of a new, free series — advances the center’s ambitious mission: to cultivate well-being through a scientific understanding of the mind.