In this episode of the School Your Soul Podcast I interview Dr. Dan Siegel who is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA.
With a medical degree from Harvard University and postgrad medical education at UCLA, Dan is an award-winning educator and a pioneer in a field called interpersonal neurobiology. He has lectured for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Dr. Siegel is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational organization, which offers online learning and in-person seminars that focus on how the development of mindsight in individuals, families and communities can be enhanced by examining the interface of human relationships and basic biological processes.
As an internationally-renowned neuropsychiatrist and author, Dr. Siegel’s books have been translated into over forty languages.
His New York Times bestseller Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence , which we talk about in this episode, provides practical instruction for mastering the Wheel of Awareness.
I can say from personal experience The Wheel of Awareness Meditation is a life-changing tool for cultivating more focus, presence, and peace in one’s day-to-day life. Everyone must try this- it’s free and you can download it online at the link above. This practice can benefit anyone, Dans says even children as young as Kindergarten can benefit!
In this episode we explore:
- What is integration and how do we cultivate more of it in our lives?
- The value and importance in mind training
- The bridge between science and spirituality
- Why we sometimes make the same wrong choices for ourselves even when we know they’re not good for us
- How can we cultivate our minds to give ourselves more resilience?
- and much much more!