Culture — May 3, 2012
Mindfulness and Neural Integration
Exploring Relationships and Reflection in the Cultivation of Well-Being.
I saw Dr. Siegel and other professionals present their latest findings at an Interpersonal Neurobiology Conference at UCLA in 2012. Dr. Siegel is an outstanding speaker and the author of several books on parenting and the neuro-psychology of child development. “His lecture and his interdisciplinary view of life draws on over a dozen branches of science to create a framework for understanding our subjective and interpersonal lives.” After reading some of his books and hearing him speak, it is clear we need more doctors and psychologists with Seigel’s mindful approach to parenting and conscious living altogether. – scott morrow
Daniel Siegel, MD, is Clinical Professor of psychiatry at UCLA, Co-Director of Mindful Awareness Research Center, Executive Director of Mindsight Institute, author, and recipient of numerous awards and honorary fellowships. Siegel’s most recent work integrates the theories of Interpersonal Neurobiology with the theories of Mindfulness Practice and proposes that mindfulness practice is a highly developed process of both inter and intra personal attunement.
Siegel explores the neural mechanisms beneath social and emotional intelligence and how these can be cultivated through reflective practices that focus on the inner nature of the mind. This informative and sensitive TED talk examines how relationships and reflection support the development of resilience in children and serve as the basic ’3 R’s” of a new internal education of the mind; Reflection, relationships, resilience.
This groundbreaking book, from one of the global innovators in the integration of brain science with psychotherapy, offers an extraordinary guide to the practice of “mindsight,” the potent skill that is the basis for both emotional and social intelligence. From anxiety to depression and feelings of shame and inadequacy, from mood swings to addictions, OCD, and traumatic memories, most of us have a mental “trap” that causes recurring conflict in our lives and relationships.