“Mindsight and Neural Integration” with Dan Siegel, MD



Naropa University’s Radical Compassion Symposium Presents “Mindsight and Neural Integration: How Kindness and Compassion Shape Our Relationships and Our Brains” with Dan Siegel, MD

Dr. Dan Siegel offers insights from the field of interpersonal neurobiology and discusses the power of mindsight to promote compassion, kindness and well-being in our personal lives, our relationships and our communities. “Mindsight” is the ability to perceive our own mind, and that of others, thus freeing us from habitual, reactive patterns. At the neurological level, mindsight has been shown to promote the growth of integrative fibers in the brain. Neural integration – the linkage between differentiated aspects of the brain – allows for flexibility and adaptability, and expresses itself outwardly as harmony, kindness and compassion. Dr. Siegel will share principles and practices that offer a bridge between the science of relationships and the brain and contemplative and spiritual traditions. More at www.naropa.edu.

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9 thoughts on ““Mindsight and Neural Integration” with Dan Siegel, MD

  1. There is a book called, Steps to Knowing -The Book of Inner Knowing by Marshall Vian Summers. It's a powerful spiritual practice. This practice with devotion and intent has taken me to experiences of what the book refers to as Knowledge or the Knowing Mind, which the author described as the part of the Mind that has never left God. It is very grounding, integrating and directly related to personal connection, purpose, meaning, and direction in service to each other and to this troubled world in need. The 8th sense. We are living in Separation from the Creator and this Knowing Mind is the connection.

    The man Dr. Siegel referred to as being one with everything had an experience of this Knowing Mind.

  2. Dan Siegal, a continual inspiration, with his ideas created by a synthesis of human experience and evidenced based science allows us to be freed from the cynical ego by his explanations and usable practical simple exercises bridging the gap between the newly understood if not completely understood workings of the brain. My experience if his explainations are clear and powered by the best aspects our common humanity a desire to heal and share fir our common good by being at peace with ourselves and each other through mindfulness. Thanks Dan.

  3. Dan Siegal, a continual inspiration, with his ideas created by a synthesis of human experience and evidenced based science allows us to be freed from the cynical ego by his explanations and usable practical simple exercises bridging the gap between the newly understood if not completely understood workings of the brain. My experience if his explainations are clear and powered by the best aspects our common humanity a desire to heal and share fir our common good by being at peace with ourselves and each other through mindfulness. Thanks Dan.

  4. Yes ,brilliantly presented, i.e., nodes of self(individuation) and WE and the confusion or blindness of the WE and the empathic dance between the two or the interrelationship but you cannot intellectualized or expedite the process, however well intended. That is, you cannot "dissolve the illusion of our separateness" on intention. Integration for example, with those (actually a majority) who have experienced various lives of mild to severe early childhood trauma (i.e., disorder of early attachment, etc) can only meaningfully occur when the experiences, for example, of shame, guilt, rage etc. can be consciously accessed, i.e., voiced, felt and integrated through psychotherapeutic practices that reconnects not to an abstract we (albeit a universal existential fact) but rather to healthy Individuation. Without the latter (albeit with good intention or presence of mind) we risk a false and abstract (caricature) conception of the WE.

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