Dr. Dan Siegel, Mindsight & the Blue Man Group Video – Woo Hoo!

I recently attended the first academic gathering of mental health professionals and complementary health care providers such as nurses, acupuncturists, yoga instructors,  nutritionists, biologists, brain scientists, with the focus on integrating all the useful disciplines to help a person return to or develop their highest mental health.

The reasoning behind this conference was the dream of Dr. Andrew Weil, MD, professor, author. he developed the integrated approach to healing at the University of Arizona School of Medicine , (I attended  UofA as an undergrad) and  through this conference he presented a new field of psychology/psychiatry and treatment for  conditions of mental health called Integrative Mental Health.

About 700 people from all over the US and Canada were  in attendance. The presenters were the cream of the crop leaders in their respective fields. The  Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, National Institute of Health, UCLA, Harvard, U of Minnesota were represented among other institutions.  It was a feast for the heart, brain and spirit of everyone I had the pleasure to meet there.

Today I will share some videos made by one the presenters, Dr. Dan Siegel, MD , psychiatrists, brain researcher and scientist , author, speaker, on the faculty of  UCLA , Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center, and Director of Mindsight Institute, and all around fun and brilliant guy!

Researchers say laughing opens us to new connections  occurring  within our brains.  Get ready to laugh and learn about Mindsight. Mindsight is what Dr. Dan learned on his incredible journey into the brain to discover how the mind moves along its waves. Yes folks, the mind and brain are not the same.

Dr. Dan Siegel’s latest books
Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being

Not yet released- The Mindful Therapist: A Clinician’s Guide to Mindsight and Neural Integration

One of his early books where he introduces the brain and it’s functions  as he was seeing them in a new way, pre Mindsight books out recently, pub. in  2001- The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are

Some links of interest:
2010 Integrative Mental Health conference, Phoenix, AZ

University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine , Tucson, AZ

Mindsight Institute , Los Angeles, CA

Hay House, Inc.

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3 Responses to Dr. Dan Siegel, Mindsight & the Blue Man Group Video – Woo Hoo!

  1. Judy B says:

    An intriguing concept. It would be interesting to learn more.

    • Cath says:

      Dr. Kim, I appreciate this content about the conference you attended very much… and the “mindsight” context you raise in your blog in this entry is an amazing suggested learning. I’d love to get your thoughts on some disciplines you use to strengthen your brain and better impact your thinking “mindfully” of those things that help you to stay the course of a meaningful life. In the day to day the pace of our existence can get frenetic at times and we are surrounded by things that can be harmful or don’t matter much at all. If we pay attention to the activities which strengthen the brain which most impact (support) how and what our mind processes, i.e. what we let in…what do you think are some of the best human disciplines to train or strengthen our brain to be a strong tool for our lives? And, in your thinking, how do we best keep our lenses clean each day (blue man interuptions or opportunities come to mind) so that we seek the most constructive choices “inward”. If we desire to understand and receive God’s love and to respond by loving others more deeply and competently aren’t the disciplines of strengthening our cleansing thoughts as disciplines key? Don’t we slow things down to the sacred moment with competence in this as well as intent?

  2. Just popped in tonight to see what you’ve been up to and — WOW! — love this new website (or maybe it’s the old site, but it seems different to me). Regarding your post, this sounds like the kind of fascinating conference I would have enjoyed myself. Sorry I didn’t attend, but I do appreciate you sharing the info.

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