We’ve been laying the groundwork for practicing mindfulness for the past several months now. As promised, we’re almost there! A scientist at heart, I don’t recommend any form of treatment until I’ve thoroughly investigated it myself. Mindfulness is no different. Once again, I’m turning to a lecture series as suggested “reading.”  Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D., is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance. He’s created a lecture series entitled The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being.. 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, which also sells on Amazon, and for rent from numerous libraries.

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