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Pausing with Dr. Richard J. Davidson

In episode 24 of The Pausecast...

  • Experience a loving-kindness guided pause with Davidson

  • How attention training changes your brain structure

  • What research is finding based on compassion practices

  • What's the ideal length to meditate

  • What to do if you don't meditate but you're committed to change

  • Benefits of a mediation practice

  • Davidson's pause & transformation practices

  • The four pillars of well-being and the mobile app to cultivate them

  • Percent of Americans currently meditating weekly (it's inspiring!)

  • Learn how you can contribute to the Center for Healthy Minds and receive two complimentary tickets to the Nov 13 event in Madison, WI:  The World We Make

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William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry,
Founder and Director of the Center for Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin-Madison. 


  • Davidson received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Psychology and has been at Wisconsin since 1984.  

  • He has published more than 400 articles, numerous chapters and reviews and edited 14 books. He is the author (with Sharon Begley) of "The Emotional Life of Your Brain" published by Penguin in 2012.

  • He is co-author with Daniel Goleman of “Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body.”

  • Davidson was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2006.

  • He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences from 2011-2020 and current member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Mental Health.

  • In 2017, he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine and in 2018 appointed to the Governing Board of UNESCO’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP).

  • His research is broadly focused on the neural bases of emotion and emotional style and methods to promote human flourishing including meditation and related contemplative practices.  



Rachael O'Meara


Rachael O’Meara is a transformation leadership and executive coach who empowers overwhelmed, successful women to take back their lives and live a fulfilling, thriving life. She created The Pausecast to help listeners be more self-aware as they learn how to intentionally shift their behavior and live purposeful, empowered lives every day.


For the past ten years, Rachael's experience in sales and client services at Google has helped her have a pulse on what it takes to be a successful and thriving transformational leader. 

Her book Pause was named one of 2017's top business books for your career and was featured in the New York Times and on and the TEDx stage in 2019.


Rachael lives in San Francisco with her husband and pauses as much as possible to ski, road bike, and BE (which is a life long challenge!).


She is certified in Transformational Coaching from the Wright Graduate University for the Realization of Human Potential and has an MBA from Fordham University.

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