While I do believe in the power of integrative medicine, I am still a scientist at heart. I don’t recommend any form of treatment until I’ve thoroughly investigated it myself. I introduced the concept of mindfulness last week. Now it’s time to delve in deeper. Once again, I’m turning to a lecture series offered by The Great Courses called The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being. Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D., is an

Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance. In this series of twenty-four thirty minute lectures Dr. Siegel examines the science of mindfulness as it relates to the following issues:

Why mindfulness matters

Our troublesome brains

Informal, formal, and intensive practices

Who am i? the perils of self

Mindfulness or psychotherapy?

Attention and empathy in relationships

The science of compassion and self-compassion

Tailoring practices to fit changing needs

Modifying our brain function and structure

Solitude—an antidote to loneliness

Connecting with children and adolescents

Seeing sadness and depression in a new light

Befriending fear, worry, and anxiety

Transforming chronic pain

Placebos, illness, and the power of belief

Interrupting addiction and troublesome habits

Overcoming traumas large and small

Groundbreaking mindfulness programs

The neurobiology of self-preoccupation

Growing up isn’t easy—facing impermanence

Toward a science of wisdom

The promise of enlightenment

Mindful ethics as a path to freedom

The new science of happiness

Again, this lecture series is available for purchase from The Great Courses and for rent from numerous libraries. i encourage you to further your research of integrative medicine with this series.

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