The Science of Mindfulness

Dr. Ronald D. Siegel

By Frank Simons

The Meditation Center presents the video lecture series The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being from Great Courses, Lecture 4, Who Am I? The Perils of Self.

The Science of Mindfulness
Thu, Mar 12, 5:30pm
Meditation Center
Callejón Blanco 4
Donations accepted

During your meditation, have you discovered a self? Or have you found an ever-changing kaleidoscope of changing sensations, thoughts, and images? This question hasn’t been discussed extensively yet among clinicians as mindfulness practices are being adapted into Western psychotherapeutic interventions. But advances in neurobiology are beginning to bring the question to the forefront among biological researchers. This lecture focuses on the key insight by which mindfulness practices can lead us to great happiness, fulfillment, and well-being. And it’s how mindfulness practice can change our sense of who we are. The lecture headings this week are: The Sense of Self; Sense Contact and Perception; Emotional Tone; Identifying with the Self. Questions to consider:

1. In your meditation practice, when and how does your sense of self arise? Is it found in bodily sensations, visual images, or thoughts passing through your mind?

2. Imagine that you had a day in which you had no concerns about how others see you. How would it be different from a typical day?

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. Presentations of the Meditation Center are offered without charge. Donations are gratefully accepted.


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