Use mindfulness to support 'mindsight' (= brain awareness)  

What I call brain awareness, Dan Siegel calls 'Mindsight' (the title of one of his many books). He connects psychology with neuroscience, by defining the mind in terms of physical neuro-biology. And his definition of mind explains why mindfulness is such a helpful practice. 

He says the mind "regulates the flow of energy (information) within the brain, body and inter-personal relationships". In this definition, the mind is an "emergent function of a complex biological system" - it is created by, as much as it shapes, the development of the system. 

Good differentiation of a system's parts brings flexibility - more different parts can be organised in more different ways. Good connection brings stability - parts do not do things independently or randomly. Good integration does both (ie differentiation + connection). 

Mindfulness focuses attention in a way that improves integration of the mind.  

  • Download Dan's 'Wheel of Awareness' or read his book 'Aware

  • Listen to my guided mindfulness practices by clicking here 

  • Read about my use of Tai Chi as a mindfulness practice by clicking here

"Mindsight is a learnable skill" Dan Siegel