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  • Mindfulness and the Brain

  • A Professional Training in the Science and Practice of Meditative Awareness
  • By: Jack Kornfield, Daniel J. Siegel
  • Narrated by: Jack Kornfield, Daniel J. Siegel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
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Mindfulness awareness creates scientifically recognized enhancements in our mental functions and interpersonal relationships. But how can we integrate this information into our personal or professional lives? In the Mindfulness and the Brain audio learning course, Jack Kornfield, PhD, and Daniel Siegel, MD, offer theoretical and experiential teachings on the power of inner transformation and the cultivation of a wise and loving heart.

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  • So well done. A joy to listen to

  • By Kavita on 04-23-14

A Gift to Humanity

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Reviewed: 07-17-16

Would you listen to Mindfulness and the Brain again? Why?

This dialogue is a fascinating interface between the foundational understandings of neurobiology and Buddhism. What emerges out of this discourse is a remarkable vision for human potential. Dr. Siegal expresses the science of ‘Mindsight” in a way that delights our shared yearning for peace in our inner and outer worlds. The process of “Mindsight” explains the possibility of neural integration, a process towards wholeness that is often impeded by states of neural rigidity and chaos. Siegal is able to communicate complex notions to a general audience that enlightens rather than alienates. The science is so deep and complex that we’re fortunate such a spokesman has arisen to make mindsight deeply accessible, a field that might otherwise come across as deeply obtuse.

Jack Kornfield is a living embodiment of all he teaches, serving to remind listeners that awakening is always possible in this life. With levity, humor, and intelligence, Kornfield transmits the Buddhist wisdom that he has ardently studied and practiced throughout his life. Throughout these discourses, Kornfield serves to illuminate the dynamic and nuanced principles of Buddhist psychology and how they may be applied within our lives.

It is my sincere conviction that these dialogues will aid and support anyone who is interested in the art and science of personal and collective transformation. Now more than ever, we must look at what the wisdom traditions and modern science are telling us about the origins and resolutions of tribalism. If we are to save ourselves from ecological ruin and collective self-destruction, we cannot look for some faraway, remote technology to come in and rescue us. Instead, we must harness our evolutionary gifts in a way that serves the entirety of humanity, as opposed to only those we consider “us.” This is more than just a naïve ideal, but an invitation to enlist all your inner resources to begin the process of training the mind. All life on Earth needs a collective awakening from humanity. I strongly recommend this audio program for anyone seeking personal meaning that may serve the planet and generations to come. These trainings, if followed, may be the most important actions you could ever take with your life.

While the stakes I describe here may appear grandiose, we are also surrounded in a vast mystery. We are bequeathed with an inviolable spirit that is the still point of the changing seasons of this world. To touch this mystery of loving awareness, and to perfect your love, provides a deep abiding known as equanimity that is able to live with profound dignity even amidst great suffering. To touch this deep knowing of the self will give you all the resources you need to join the world and contribute in a compassionate way—dedicated to the flourishing of life and the alleviation of suffering.

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