9: Child's Mind

Chris WillardTom talks with psychotherapist Chris Willard about his book, Child’s Mind, to be published this summer by Parallax Press. 

In the book, Chris discusses the benefits of teaching meditation to kids, adolescents, and young people. He not only presents scientific research, but also draws from contemplative traditions and uses storytelling to illustrate larger points.<--break->  He would also like you to know that Buddhists and other meditators are not doormats.


Listen to Episode 6 Episode 9: Child’s Mind.

About Our Guest

Chris Willard received his doctorate in psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and is currently pursuing postdoctoral work at Tufts University. He has been meditating for over ten years and has participated in retreats with Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Kornfield, Noah Levine, Pema Chodron and others in Asia and the U.S.

He is part of a growing movement within psychotherapy that seeks to integrate meditation and mindfulness practices into therapy and to study their effects.

Music in This Episode

Intro: “The Remainder,” Rosehips from the album Rosehips.

Intermission: “Goliath,” The Receiver from the album Decades.

Outro: “Enough,” Rosehips from the album Rosehips.


The Insight Meditation Society is a Buddhist non-profit organization located in Barre, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1975 by Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein. 

The Mind and Life Institute is dedicated to fostering dialogue and research at the highest possible level between modern science and the great living contemplative traditions, especially Buddhism.

To promote a more peaceful, harmonious, and compassionate society, the Inner Kids Foundation has taught mindful awareness programs in under-served schools and neighborhoods in Los Angeles since 2000.

Self-compassion.org provides information about self-compassion, and is intended for students, researchers, and the general public.

The Institute for Meditation and Pscychotherapy is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and training of mental health professionals interested in the integration of mindfulness meditation and psychotherapy.

The Mindfulness in Education Network works to facilitate communication among all educators, parents, students and any others interested in promoting contemplative practice (mindfulness) in educational settings.


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the universe in a raisin!

awesome exercise! i think all of us should be much more mindful of what we put into our bodies. (food inc. woke me up to that big time.)

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