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Mindful Brain : Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-being - Daniel J. Siegel

Mindful Brain

Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-being

Hardcover Published: March 2007
ISBN: 9780393704709
Number Of Pages: 256

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From the author of the internationally-acclaimed best-selling text The Developing Mind, and esteemed leader and educator in the field of mental health, comes the first book ever to integrate neuroscience research with the ancient art of mindfulness. The result is a groundbreaking approach to not simply mental health, but life in general, which shows readers how personal awareness and attunement can actually stimulate emotional circuits in the brain, leading to a host of physiological benefits, including greater well-being, resilience, emotional balance, and improved cardiac and immune function. For clinicians and laypeople alike, Siegel's illuminating discussions of the power of the focused mind provide a wealth of ideas that can transform our lives and deepen our connections with others, and with ourselves.

"Siegel has both a meticulous understanding of the roles of different parts of the brain and an intimate relationship with mindfulness... [I]nsightful proposals, bolstered by preliminary research data, for how mindful awareness might engage parts of the brain in novel ways and lead to permanent neurological changes. His speculations are interesting in and of themselves, and they also may provide neuroscientists with ideas for experiments that could test the effects of mindfulness on the brain... [A]n exciting glimpse of into an uncharted territory of neuroscience." -- Scientific American Mind "[E]xtremely informative and helpful, providing deep insights into the process of mindful awareness...timely and useful." -- Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Mind, brain, and awareness
A mindful awarenessp. 3
Brain basicsp. 29
Immersion in direct experience
A week of silencep. 53
Suffering and the streams of awarenessp. 68
Facets of the mindful brain
Subjectivity and sciencep. 89
Harnessing the hub : attention and the wheel of awarenessp. 108
Jettisoning judgments : dissolving top-down constraintsp. 134
Internal attunement : mirror neurons, resonance, and attention to intentionp. 164
Reflective coherence : neural integration and middle prefrontal functionp. 189
Flexibility of feeling : affective style and an approach mindsetp. 209
Reflective thinking : imagery and the cognitive style of mindful learningp. 228
Reflections on the mindful brain
Educating the mind : the fourth "R" and the wisdom of reflectionp. 259
Reflection in clinical practice : being present and cultivating the hubp. 277
The mindful brain in psychotherapy : promoting neural integrationp. 288
Afterword : reflections on reflectionp. 321
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ISBN: 9780393704709
ISBN-10: 039370470X
Series: Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: March 2007
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 16.2  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.81
Edition Number: 1