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Podcast 112 // Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence with Dan Siegel, MD

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Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. An award-winning educator, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of several honorary fellowships. Dr. Siegel is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational organization, which offers online learning and in-person seminars that focus on how the development of mindsight in individuals, families and communities can be enhanced by examining the interface of human relationships and basic biological processes.

Dr. Siegel’s unique ability to make complicated scientific concepts exciting and accessible has led him to be invited to address diverse local, national and international groups including mental health professionals, neuroscientists, corporate leaders, educators, parents, public administrators, healthcare providers, policy-makers, mediators, judges, and clergy. He has lectured for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and London’s Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

In this episode, we discuss his New York Times bestseller Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence (Tarcher/Perigee, 2018) that provides practical instructions for mastering the Wheel of Awareness, a life-changing tool for cultivating more focus, presence, and peace in one’s day-to-day life.

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The Wheel of Awareness

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Illusion and Reality.

It’s hard to know the difference between illusion and reality in the moment.

The email, the text, the look, the silence, the noise, and the emotion all become personal narrative based on our kaleidoscope of previous narratives that we have lived, experienced, or told ourselves.

Only when we can accept the moment for what it is will we be able to know the moment for what it is.

And to know a moment is to know its possibility.

This is nothing new, right? “Be still, and know….”.

It’s true.

Our stillness is the great predecessor to our knowing.

Developing this sixth sense for knowing the moment is the muscle memory of those that graciously lead us into both our present moments and our tomorrows that are pregnant with beauty.

We can’t midwife beauty for the world until we learn to penetrate illusion and touch reality.

Once you touch it you can know it.

Once you know it you can show it.

And by showing it you’ll be sharing it.

 

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Today…

Allow abundance to have the final say.

Look don’t think.

Listen don’t react.

Learn the moment before you judge, critique, label, or condemn it.

Let it be and then let yourself be.

Inhale ‘yes’.

Exhale ‘now’.

The School of Love is always in session.

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What’s in front of you.

That.

Just do that.

A mess? Clean it up.

A job? Do it. Do it in a way only you can.

The blinking cursor? Type. And keep typing.

A meal? Taste. Enjoy. Give thanks.

Another’s tears? Hold them. Sit with them. Don’t try to fix them. Just be with them.

What our past was and what are future will become pales in comparison to what Heaven is ushering at our fingertips.

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