Eps 300: Becoming Aware with Dr. Dan Siegel


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My guest this week is Dr. Dan Siegel.

He is a graduate of Harvard medical school and completed his post graduate median education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. 

He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA school of medicine. Founding co-director of the UCLA mindfulness awareness research center. Founding co-investigator at the UCLA center for culture, brain, and development. Executive director of the mind sight institute- A mindsight educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions and communities.

He uses all of his spare time to author so many books that we all know and love, including NY Times Best Sellers: Aware, Brainstorm, The Whole Brain Child, and Parenting from the Inside Out.

Today we’re going to dig into his new guide, Becoming Aware: The 21 Day Mindfulness Program for Reducing Anxiety and Cultivating Calm.

Takeaways from the show:

  • The science of mindfulness

  • Wheel of awareness

  • Domains of integration

  • The practice of becoming aware 

  • Writing as a relational experience

  • In adolescence, everything is open for exploration

  • Separating your identity from your teen

  • Seeing human beings one with nature and the world

  • Individualism = loss of world health

  • The science behind filling your awareness

  • Feeling of sanctuary in the hub of consciousness

  • Where attention goes, neuro firing flows

  • Streaming attention into awareness

  • Cultivating an internal compass

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“The notion of courage for me is the idea of novelty seeking, to have the courage to see things fresh and new. Sadly, the more we learn, the less we see. It’s a courageous act to drop into that hub of the wheel if you will, that open spacious receptive place of not really knowing but being curious to find out more. So that’s courage.

Now joyful, I know the world is really hard right now with all the stuff going on. At the same time, if you’re listening to Casey and you’re listening to me, you’re alive. What a privilege it is to be here, to be alive. Wherever you are in life, to me bringing joy is to bring this sense of vitality and gratitude in this realistically optimistic way.

Be willing to not know and have the courage to be open and connecting and embrace uncertainty as a window into freedom and possibility.”


Eps 154 | Eps 215 | Website | Mindsight Institute Website 

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