Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence--The Groundbreaking Meditation Practice (Hardcover)
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New York Times bestseller · This groundbreaking new book from New York Times bestselling author Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., introduces readers to his pioneering, science-based meditation practice.
Aware provides practical instruction for mastering the Wheel of Awareness, a life-changing tool for cultivating more focus, presence, and peace in one's day-to-day life.
An in-depth look at the science that underlies meditation's effectiveness, this book teaches readers how to harness the power of the principle "Where attention goes, neural firing flows, and neural connection grows." Siegel reveals how developing a Wheel of Awareness practice to focus attention, open awareness, and cultivate kind intention can literally help you grow a healthier brain and reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in your life.
Whether you have no experience with a reflective practice or are an experienced practitioner, Aware is a hands-on guide that will enable you to become more focused and present, as well as more energized and emotionally resilient in the face of stress and the everyday challenges life throws your way.
About the Author
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, founding codirector of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute. He is also coauthor of Parenting from the Inside Out, The Whole-Brain Child, and Mindsight and the proud father of two children in their twenties.
“Daniel Siegel counts among the most aware people I know—and now he's shared with us all a brilliant, practical tool for us all to sharpen our awareness.”
—Daniel Goleman, author of Altered Traits and Emotional Intelligence
“An illuminating new view of the nature of the mind and the practices of awareness that lead us to profound wellbeing. Siegel's Wheel of Awareness is an elegant and groundbreaking synthesis of these practices, an accessible tool for inner integration and healing, as well as for realizing the loving awareness that links us to all beings. This brilliant book is poised to transform countless lives.”
—Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge
“This is a Dan Siegel masterpiece. He integrates decades of science and wisdom about the nature of our mind and optimal well-being into an easy-to-read personal journey. At the cornerstone is “The Wheel of Awareness,” a simple yet profound visual map of the mind, which enables people, including children, to experience of presence, self knowledge, and compassion. Aware will awaken and enrich your life immeasurably!”
—Elissa Epel, University of California, San Francisco, professor, member of the National Academy of Medicine, coauthor of New York Times bestseller The Telomere Effect
“Dan Siegel, who gave us a succinct and clear definition of mind, now explores the awareness that knows that mind. Read this book if you want true freedom and spontaneous creativity.”
—Deepak Chopra, MD
“Dan Siegel brings us a precious gift that will transform your mind, life, and relationships in a most wonderful way, using an easy-to-learn and revolutionary new system for meditation—one that beginners and experts alike will cherish!”
-Dr. Rudolph Tanzi, Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, coauthor, The Healing Self
"Dan has produced a masterpiece containing invaluable knowledge in the fields of psychiatry, therapy, interpersonal neurobiology, meditation, and more. Very few people understand the intricacies of the human mind and how it can be channeled to achieve true well-being as Dan does. The Wheel of Awareness is a simple yet profound way for all to learn and advance in their practice of being aware."
—Menas C. Kafatos, Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics at Chapman University, coauthor with Deepak Chopra of The New York Times bestseller You Are the Universe
"A life-changing journey into the deep nature of our consciousness, what it means to be human, and how to truly thrive."
—Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global and founder of The Huffington Post
“Studies reveal what years of practice demonstrate: training our mind in specific ways brings health to our bodies, clarity to our minds, and connection in our relationships. Dan Siegel provides an exciting new reflective practice—the Wheel of Awareness—that offers these research proven ways of cultivating love, kindness, and meaning in our lives.”
—Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness and Real Love
“Dan is a brilliant integrator and Aware is a visionary blend of neuroscience, physics, and cutting-edge psychology combined with creative approaches to mindfulness and compassion. The practice of the Wheel brings together many skillful and wise elements of meditation, all rolled into one.”
—Jack Kornfield author of The Wise Heart