Cassandra Vieten, Ph.D., is president and CEO of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (noetic.org) and a scientist in the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute. Her research has focused on spirituality and health, transformative experiences and practices, and the development of mindfulness-based interventions for emotional well-being. Her primary interest lies in how psychology, biology, and spirituality interact to affect experience and behavior. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and completed her research training in behavioral genetics at The University of California, San Francisco. She is author of Mindful Motherhood: Practical Tools for Staying Sane During Pregnancy and Your Child's First Year, and coauthor of Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life, and Spiritual Competencies in Clinical Practice: Guidelines for Psychologists and Mental Health Professionals. She has published numerous articles in scientific journals, is an internationally recognized speaker and workshop leader, and is a Huffington Post and Psychology Today blogger. She's a mom and loves singing, soccer, nature, and travel.
Well-being is not about eliminating the unwanted parts of ourselves or our experience. It's about radical inclusion. When we embrace the whole with open eyes and an open heart, we paradoxically transform it.