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 focussed and present, as well as more energised and emotionally resilient in the face of stress and the everyday challenges life throws your way.
About the Author
Daniel J. Siegel, MD, received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA, where he is currently a clinical professor. He is the executive director of the Mindsight Institute, and the author of numerous books, including the bestsellers Mindsight and Brainstorm, as well as No-Drama Discipline and The Whole-Brain Child (co-authored with Tina Payne Bryson). He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and occasionally with his launched adolescents.
`Aware enables you to successfully search inside yourself to cultivate well-being and a deeper understanding of the mind with an exciting new approach to meditation. The Wheel of Awareness provides a comprehensive, science-based way to develop the focused attention, open awareness, and kind intention that research reveals can help bring health and resilience into your life.' -Chade-Meng Tan, New York Times bestselling author of Joy on Demand and Search Inside Yourself
`Dr. Daniel Siegel is truly one of a kind. His ability to blend no-nonsense neuroscience with accessible techniques for training the mind is masterful. Anyone wanting to be less distracted and more present in their life, will want to read this book.' -Andy Puddicombe, co-founder of Headspace
`Meditation strengthens our attention, opens our awareness, and helps us cultivate compassion and kind intention, which have been shown to improve our health and our relationships. That's exactly what Dan Siegel offers us with Aware, a practical guide to 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 & CEO of Thrive Global, 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 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
`Growing a strong mind in our lives is the scientifically proven pathway for cultivating more wellbeing, emotional intelligence, and social connection. Dan Siegel's new approach of the Wheel of Awareness offers us a powerful tool to do just that - bring more health, resilience and caring into our lives throughout the lifespan.' -Goldie Hawn, author of A Lotus Grows in the Mud and Ten Mindful Minutes
`In Aware, 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, Harvard University, co-author, The Healing Self
`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
`Dr. Dan Siegel has an extraordinary gift: to describe patterns and make accessible in a powerful way the insights and practices that are fundamental to well-being and awakening. In his book Aware, we are introduced to the power of presence. Using science and psychology, he opens for us his "wheel of awareness," a way of perceiving and working with the mind that is both practical and liberating.' -Joan Halifax, PhD, Abbot, Upaya Zen Center
`Dan Siegel brings a fresh look and creative imagination to provide a roadmap of the mind and make mindfulness practices more accessible and applicable in everyday life. Aware provides a way to grow our skills in self-awareness, self-monitoring, and self-regulation - enhancing our capacity for joy, flourishing and peace.' -Ronald Epstein MD, Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology and Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
`We know so much about what's outside in the Cosmos, billions of light years away but very little about what's going on inside our heads right now. We know about dark matter but not so much about grey matter, which I would think, matters most. Daniel Siegel finally gives us insight into who we are, how we work and most important of all how to retrain and change our minds. For me, almost every line is an `aha' moment. At long last, someone nails what it is to have a healthy mind and if you don't have one, how to get one.' -Ruby Wax, author of Sane New World
`In Aware, Dan Siegel offers an illuminating new view of the nature of mind and the practices of awareness that lead us to profound wellbeing. His "Wheel of Awareness" is an elegant and groundbreaking synthesis of these practices, an accessible tool for inner integration and healing, as well as for realising 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
`Dan Siegel, a brilliant and compassionate clinician and master translator of research and complex topics, offers this wise and practical guide on the Wheel of Awareness. Inspired by science and decades of clinical and teaching experience, combined with Dan's unique insights, Aware opens our minds to a transformative mental practice that can serve as a valuable resource to living fully in the ups and downs of everyday life.' -Susan Bauer-Wu, President of the Mind & Life Institute and author of Leaves Falling Gently
`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, Professor, UCSF, member, National Academy of Science, co-author of New York Times bestseller The Telomere Effect