BGR 2/3/2015: Writer Stefanie Cohen on mid life career changes and Dr Ellen Langer, social -psychologist from Harvard on Mindfulness

Writer Stefanie Levine Cohen, left, and Harvard psychologist Dr. Ellen Langer are this week's BGR guests.
Writer Stefanie Levine Cohen, left, and Harvard psychologist Dr. Ellen Langer are this week's BGR guests.

In the February 3, 2015 episode of Boomer Generation Radio, Rabbi Address hosts a conversation on mid-life career changes with Cherry Hill writer Stefanie Levine Cohen in the first half of the program. In the second half of the show, Dr. Ellen Langer, a social psychologist from Harvard University discusses mindfulness.

About the Guests

Stefanie Levine Cohen
Stefanie Levine Cohen

Stefanie Levine Cohen studies and writes about birth, death, afterlife and the human condition.  Her stories explore moments of transition in characters’ lives and focus particularly on the intersection between the psychological and the spiritual. How does a person reconcile the need to understand his or her place in the universe with the tug of that person’s emotional truth? Themes of parenting, aging, loss and self-discovery recur throughout her stories and resonate with readers at many stages of life. Stefanie is a long-time member of the Rittenhouse Writers Group in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, founded and facilitated by James Rahn. She has also attended the Taos Summer Writers’ Conference and numerous workshops, studying with teachers including Jonis Agee, Sylvia Boorstein, Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, Stephen Cope, Gordon Dveirin, John Perkins, Rabbi Rami Shapiro and James Van Praague. Her work has been published in  Amarillo Bay, ginosko, Green Hills Literary Lantern, The MacGuffin, The Montreal Review, and Storyscape Journal.

Dr. Ellen Langer
Dr. Ellen Langer

Dr. Ellen Langer, Ph.D., is a social psychologist and the first female professor to gain tenure in the Psychology Department at Harvard University. She is the author of eleven books and more than two hundred research articles written for general and academic readers on mindfulness for over 35 years. Her best selling books include Mindfulness; The Power of Mindful Learning; On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity; and Counterclockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility. Her most recent book, the Wiley Mindfulness Handbook, is an anthology on mindfulness in which leading researchers integrate work derived from her western scientific theoretical base of mindfulness with research on eastern derived forms of meditation. It will be published in early 2014.  Dr. Langer has been described as the “mother of mindfulness” and has written extensively on the illusion of control, mindful aging, stress, decision-making, and health. Among other honors, she is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and three Distinguished Scientist Awards, the World Congress Award, the NYU Alumni Achievement Award, and the Staats award for Unifying Psychology. Dr. Langer has been a guest speaker all over the world, including Japan, Malaysia, Germany, Australia, Mexico, Switzerland, Argentina and China. Her websites can be found at www.langermindfulnessinstitute.com and www.ellenlanger.com.

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