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The Science of Mindfulness

By Frank Simons

Prof. Ronald Siegel

In this lecture, you will learn how our brains evolved for survival rather than for happiness and how this sets us up for countless difficulties — difficulties that mindfulness practices were developed to help us resolve. In addition, you will learn how to start practicing mindfulness so you can train your brain not only to thrive, but to flourish. Understanding what science is revealing about why various problems plague us is important for being able to use the practices effectively. Lecture sections: Stress-Related Disorders; The Evolution of the Human Brain; Negativity Bias; Survival Systems; and The Effects of Mindfulness Practices.


Video Presentation
The Science of Mindfulness
Thu, Feb 26, 5:30pm
The Meditation Center
Callejón Blanco 4
Donations accepted

Questions to consider:

1. In what situations do you notice the negativity bias operating most strongly?

2. What do you find most challenging about breath awareness practice? When you reflect on that challenge, does it illustrate anything about the everyday functioning of your mind and what might cause you psychological distress generally?

Ronald D. Siegel, Harvard University

Dr. Ronald D. Siegel is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance, where he has taught for more than 30 years, and an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Siegel is a longtime student of mindfulness practices and serves on the board of directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

There will be a discussion period after the video.


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