MindfulBiology™ was founded by Will Meecham, MD, MA, to develop ways of using science instruction to help people grow more familiar with and affectionate toward their bodies. (You can contact Will by visiting this page.)
During a solo hike of the John Muir Trail at age sixteen, Will connected with a sense of the sacred in life science. Abandoning the path of delinquency, he went on to higher education in biology and eventually medicine (the educational milestones are outlined at the end of this post).
In 2000, neck disease forced Will to leave his surgical career. In the years that followed, he struggled with grief, depression, and anxiety, all compounded by the residue of early life trauma. Having begun silent meditation upon joining the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in 1987, Will leaned on this and other wisdom traditions as he groped for clarity. In due time, he realized that his early love of biology had always helped him make sense out of life while connecting him with forces that are ancient, pervasive, and ultimately mysterious. In other words, Life Science was his preferred wisdom path.
As Will grappled with mental and physical health issues, he grew to lament the lack of mystery and body-compassion in both biomedicine and society. Then, in 2012, he was offered the opportunity to teach anatomy and physiology at Niroga Institute. In teaching human biology to aspiring yoga teachers and yoga therapists, Will worked out ways of using accurate science to encourage both wonder and self-understanding. As the years passed, Will recognized his calling: to help reveal the grandeur and sweetness of Nature within our own bodies. In developing MindfulBiology, Will has worked closely with collaborators who believe that bodily in-sight encourages appreciation and awe for life, and enhances compassion for self and others.
University of California, Berkeley:
A.B. Zoology with emphasis in ecology
M.A. Biophysics with emphasis in neuroscience
University of California, San Francisco:
M.D., with later training in ophthalmology, ocular oncology, & oculoplastic surgery
Helms Medical Institute:
Medical Acupuncture Training
Yoga Teacher Training (RYT 200)