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The Science of Mindfulness:
Working with Anxiety, Depression, and Other Everyday Problems

Mindfulness-based psychotherapy is the most popular new treatment approach in the last decade—and for good reason. Studies demonstrate that mindfulness practices can be effective tools to help resolve anxiety, depression, addictive habits, stress-related medical disorders, and even interpersonal conflict. Mindfulness is not, however, a one-size-fits-all remedy. We need to tailor practices to particular problems. This talk will outline how mindfulness practices work to alleviate psychological distress and how anyone can creatively adapt them to work with the difficulty of the moment.

About Dr. Siegel
Dr. Ronald D. Siegel is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, part time, at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 30 years. He is a long time student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He teaches internationally about mindfulness and its application to psychotherapy and other fields, has worked for many years in community mental health with inner city children and families, and maintains a private clinical practice in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

Dr. Siegel is author of a guide for clinicians and general audiences, The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems; coauthor of the self-treatment guide Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain,; coauthor of a recent skills manual, Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy; and coeditor of the critically acclaimed text, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition as well as Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness in Clinical Practice with a foreword by His Holiness the Dali Lama. His most recent work is a 24-lecture series produced by The Great Courses titled The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being. He is also a regular contributor to other professional publications, and is co-director of the annual Harvard Medical School Conference on Meditation and Psychotherapy.

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  1. I have seen this talk 5-7 times and I have learn a lot from it! It motivates me with training for my mindfulness course and I also
    understand the practise and the science better! I have complete the mindfulness and really liked it! I have been more mindfull and I am able to listen better to other people when they talk to me and I also can enjoy listen to music better. I hear more things and I can more easy hear the lyrics. That is also when I enjoy live music. I was so enthusiastic that I also wrote a blog about my experience with the mindfulness course to inspire others to do it to!

  2. A total failure to understand that some people feel the same emotions, far more powerfully than others. That's why they avoid. This guy is massively ignorant to miss this hugely obvious point. Observe and get to know different types of people, and you'd learn this truth in minutes!

  3. Definitely false about the rocket testers. They feel emotions at least twenty times less than sensitive people. Most people who do extreme sports, are emotional flatliners.

  4. I'm going to share you a hack available online for the trending meditation tips. All you need to do is type: "MindYoga4U" in Google. You're going to turn into a master with the ideas available.

  5. "his holiness the dali lama"??? there lies the biggest problem…holiness by who's account and why??? his shit don't smell??? I can show ANY of you a way to be enlightened without having to resort to follow or pray to, or subdjucate to ANY religion and any higher imaginary power…the dali lama was abuducted as a child usually from a poorly educated and or starving family (look it up, I bet you the buddist gestapo does not go a tibeten university and try that shit one any educated person)…that child is then forced to read and memorize man made sciptures with false claims and false pretexts… and upon the competion of said tasks…labeled "HOLY" and he is (notice that females are never in any fucking religion , the chosen ones????) cast upon the planet to convince the poor and lame that if one does not behave a certain way, eternal salvation will not be granted and even more hideous, that if this time around you don't get it right you will come back possibily as cockroach or a venamous snake until you get it right and then you will be sent off to bliss, blah, blah, blah! DO GOOD FOR GOODNESS SAKE…period! This alone will surely make you the best person you can!

  6. Fabulous speech and presentation.  I have read Dr. Siegal’s book Mindsight, which I found very perceptive, this presentation delivers a comprehensive overview of the benefits of mindfulness practice including tools to incorporate the practice in daily life.  
    Thank you,
    Lynda-Lee Saunier

  7. Mindfulness enabled me to become a human being in a civilisation rather than the rather bleak members of public in a society that this gentleman describes. I write loads about this transition

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