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Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence--The Groundbreaking Meditation Practice Hardcover – August 21, 2018
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Aware provides practical instruction for mastering the Wheel of Awareness, a life-changing tool for cultivating more focus, presence, and peace in one's day-to-day life.
An in-depth look at the science that underlies meditation's effectiveness, this book teaches readers how to harness the power of the principle "Where attention goes, neural firing flows, and neural connection grows." Siegel reveals how developing a Wheel of Awareness practice to focus attention, open awareness, and cultivate kind intention can literally help you grow a healthier brain and reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in your life.
Whether you have no experience with a reflective practice or are an experienced practitioner, Aware is a hands-on guide that will enable you to become more focused and present, as well as more energized and emotionally resilient in the face of stress and the everyday challenges life throws your way.
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—Daniel Goleman, author of Altered Traits and Emotional Intelligence
“An illuminating new view of the nature of the mind and the practices of awareness that lead us to profound wellbeing. Siegel's Wheel of Awareness is an elegant and groundbreaking synthesis of these practices, an accessible tool for inner integration and healing, as well as for realizing the loving awareness that links us to all beings. This brilliant book is poised to transform countless lives.”
—Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
“This is a Dan Siegel masterpiece. He integrates decades of science and wisdom about the nature of our mind and optimal well-being into an easy-to-read personal journey. At the cornerstone is “The Wheel of Awareness,” a simple yet profound visual map of the mind, which enables people, including children, to experience of presence, self knowledge, and compassion. Aware will awaken and enrich your life immeasurably!”
—Elissa Epel, University of California, San Francisco, professor, member of the National Academy of Medicine, coauthor of New York Times bestseller The Telomere Effect
“Dan Siegel, who gave us a succinct and clear definition of mind, now explores the awareness that knows that mind. Read this book if you want true freedom and spontaneous creativity.”
—Deepak Chopra, MD
“Dan Siegel brings us a precious gift that will transform your mind, life, and relationships in a most wonderful way, using an easy-to-learn and revolutionary new system for meditation—one that beginners and experts alike will cherish!”
-Dr. Rudolph Tanzi, Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, coauthor, The Healing Self
"Dan has produced a masterpiece containing invaluable knowledge in the fields of psychiatry, therapy, interpersonal neurobiology, meditation, and more. Very few people understand the intricacies of the human mind and how it can be channeled to achieve true well-being as Dan does. The Wheel of Awareness is a simple yet profound way for all to learn and advance in their practice of being aware."
—Menas C. Kafatos, Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics at Chapman University, coauthor with Deepak Chopra of The New York Times bestseller You Are the Universe
"A life-changing journey into the deep nature of our consciousness, what it means to be human, and how to truly thrive."
—Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global and founder of The Huffington Post
“Studies reveal what years of practice demonstrate: training our mind in specific ways brings health to our bodies, clarity to our minds, and connection in our relationships. Dan Siegel provides an exciting new reflective practice—the Wheel of Awareness—that offers these research proven ways of cultivating love, kindness, and meaning in our lives.”
—Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness and Real Love
“Dan is a brilliant integrator and Aware is a visionary blend of neuroscience, physics, and cutting-edge psychology combined with creative approaches to mindfulness and compassion. The practice of the Wheel brings together many skillful and wise elements of meditation, all rolled into one.”
—Jack Kornfield author of The Wise Heart
About the Author
- Publisher : TarcherPerigee (August 21, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1101993049
- ISBN-13 : 978-1101993040
- Item Weight : 0.035 ounces
- Dimensions : 6.29 x 1.27 x 9.29 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #371,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It needs someone like Richard Feynman to translate it from gobbledegook into English in which case the whole book might be boiled down to a few pages.
Here's a sample of the kind of nonsense you will have to deal with, sentence after sentence: "In math terms, we've seen that this flow of optimal self-organization has five features, which spell out the word FACES: Flexibility, Adaptability, Coherence (functioning well over time, or resilience), Energy (a sense of vitality) and Stability."
Now just in case you're wondering, there's been no math so we haven't "seen" anything in "math terms" prior to this sentence. Furthermore, the use of a acronym that spells a word that servers no actual purpose in subsequent text but now requires additional explanation of the terms is just being "clever" for its own sake. Why not just say "resilience", instead of "coherence" and then having to explain he actually means "resilience"? Because then he wouldn't have his "clever" acronym FACES...
Here's more: "Studies of well-being have found that the best predictor of health and happiness is having an integrated brain, what the researcher's call an "interconnected connectome"". Really? Citation? Guess which researcher has "found" this? You got it, Dan Siegel. How he found it, who knows; maybe it came to him in the shower. What research has shown is that there is an association between poor connectivity in the connectome and Alzheimer's disease, but that hardly the same thing as what he is claiming in that sentence. The book contains no references or bibliography, and just refers the reader to a link where this material is supposed to be, but following that link returns a 404 not found error. Which more or less describes the value I got from this book.
Frankly, I suspect Siegel is thriving in this "post-fact" world we're now in, where you now have license to just make stuff up.
I could go on but now I'm starting to get annoyed.
And now there is an incredibly well written book devoted to this topic and explaining how to harness the power of awareness. It is actually for anyone who is curious about how to live a better life, curious about what their mind is, what consciousness is and how to use all this information to expand what it means to be human and how we can be better at it.
Dan Siegel is an incredible teacher and takes you through what awareness is and the steps to develop the skills to enhance your awareness and increase your ability to focus attention. He explores the science of attention, focus and intention and explains how developing these skills can actually change the structure of your brain and the overall functioning of your body and slow aging.
This is both a useful and practical guidebook for anyone who wants to learn skills to increase their awareness and it is an exciting exploration into an understanding of consciousness itself. He explains how our mind/body/brain work together creating who we are and how we can use the power of awareness to live with greater intention and attention to create greater resilience and wellbeing.
He explores mindfulness meditation making it even more accessible to beginners and deepening it for seasoned meditators and he presents a practical tool (the Wheel of Awareness) that is both an incredibly useful tool and a model of the mind to help you understand and begin to master the mysteries of consciousness.
Dan Siegel writes as if he is having a conversation with the reader as he tells the story of what it means to be aware and how to deepen this capacity. He skillfully integrates his vast knowledge of the latest neuroscience, cognitive psychology, neurobiology of interpersonal relationship discoveries into clear concepts that are at the heart of how our minds work and what we can do with this to enhance our lives and the lives of all who we connect with.
This book is for a wide audience. On one level it is for beginners who are curious about what it means to be aware and want tools to expand their minds such as meditation and the Wheel of Awareness. And this book is also an incredible rich resource for seasoned students of the mind who want to deepen their understanding and explore our potential as more fully conscious and aware human beings.
This book belongs on the shelf of anyone who wants to be more aware and to enrich their life and the lives of all they encounter
Larry Drell, M.D.
Anxiety and Depression Therapy Services
Author Siegel shares his experiences using much detail and he’s developed a Wheel of Awareness, which may be a little complicated for the uninitiated and the general public. This book uses language frequently seen in academic literature, but can be easily understood by those who want to learn.
For medical professionals who want step-by-step, in-depth guidance, and readers who simply want to learn more about how our brain operates and can potentially support us, (as it does every day without our realizing it), it’s quite on target. His guidance on the use of empathy with patients is reassuring and helpful as he acknowledges the potential for becoming burnt out. His chapter describing how to reflect on kind and compassionate intention to benefit others is exceptional. He instructs on ‘integration in the brain’ in many contexts to show how our brains stimulate and support us. He’s one of those unique individuals who is willing to share his extensive medical knowledge and clinical experience and who can apply it to real-life situations. He’s done us a favor.