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Sounds True Presents: Practicing Mindsight, Part 1

Dr. Dan Siegel on the Most Powerful Discoveries in the Fields of Mindfulness and the Brain
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What Will I Learn?
Comprehend how the brain and the mind affect one another and work together
Understand the brain’s anatomy and its impact upon emotional health
Develop a foundation for rewiring the brain and transforming the mind
Use Mindsight to create a healthy mind
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  • There aren’t any special requirements to take this course. As long as you have an Internet connection and the time to complete the lectures, you’ll do well.

Dr. Daniel J. Siegel coined the term Mindsight to help people understand how they can harness the power of the mind for personal transformation.

This course, which is taught by Dr. Siegel himself, will give you the chance to explore how you can resculpt your brain’s neural pathways.

Ultimately, you’ll learn the tools necessary to break free from your negative mental patterns that are holding you back from living your life to the fullest.

Once you release those patterns, you’ll be liberated and strong enough to pursue the life of your dreams.

Learn All About the Mindsight Practice of Transformation

  • Develop a Full Understanding of the Brain’s Anatomy
  • Comprehend How Your Mind Affects Your Brain
  • Enhance Your Brain’s Neural Activity to Achieve Emotional Health

Remove Old Patterns and Create the Life You Really Want
If you’ve been struggling with negative thoughts and emotions, this course will give you a deeper understanding of the way your brain and your mind work.

You’ll gain access to valuable techniques that will not only change your mind, but also rewire your brain so you can truly transform the way you experience life.

As you move through this course, you’ll explore various scientific areas to uncover how you can apply Mindsight into your personal life.

You’ll also complete questions to help you dive further into what you’re learning.

You’ll also discover how you can apply this practice professionally to help others and the world.   

Contents and Overview
You’ll begin this course with an introduction into Mindsight. You’ll learn how it was created, and how to truly understand the brain and the mind.

The more you develop a thorough understanding of the mind, the more you will be capable of actually changing the way that it works.

You’ll start to discover how to use Mindsight to get out of your brain, and how your mind can actually change your brain. Before long, you’ll be exploring how to create a healthy mind using the Mindsight technique.

You’ll comprehend how neural activity works in the brain and how the brain is wired, as well as other physical aspects of the brain that affect the way you think and feel.

By the time you complete this course, you’ll understand how the brain is sculpted by your experiences, and how you can change your brain and your mind for the better.

You’ll feel in control over your mind and you’ll be ready to make changes so that you can pursue your goals with greater confidence.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wishes to understand how the brain and the mind work
  • Anyone who wants to know how the brain affects the mind and vice versa
  • Anyone who is hoping to transform and improve the mind
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 21 Lectures Collapse All 21 Lectures 03:00:13
An Introduction to Mindsight
9 Lectures 01:19:24

Topics covered:

  • Course Introduction
  • Definition of the Mind
  • Definition of Mindsight
Preview 12:26

Topics covered:

  • Neuroplasticity and the brain
  • How the mind changes the brain
The Birth of the Idea of Mindsight

Topics covered:

  • How we can learn to observe our subjective experience from an objective point of view
  • Attachment and the importance of a personal narrative in individual and social development
  • The connection between mind and the brain and human relationships
Becoming Aware of the Mind

Topics covered:

  • The brain as the extended nervous system
Defining the Mind

Topics covered:

  • Mind as an embodied and relational process that regulates the flow of energy and information; “mind” as a verb, not a noun
  • The three qualities of a healthy mind:
    1. Openness to what is
    2. Objectivity—your mental activity is not your whole identity
    3. Observation—being aware of your inner state
  • How stabilizing attention is essential to the fullness of experience
  • The triangle of mind, brain, and relationships
  • The effects of resolved and unresolved trauma
  • The function of mirror neurons and how we are hard-wired for empathy
A More Detailed Definition of Mind

Topics covered:

  • How the flow of information and energy is structured by the brain, but regulated by the mind
  • How our relationships are affected by this flow of energy and information, and how the mind regulates its flow
The Brain and Personal Narrative

Topics covered:

  • How cultural evolution proceeds via interactions of the brain, mind, and relationships
  • How mindfulness meditation improves executive brain functions as much as or more than taking medications
  • The definition of attention
  • How using focused attention to drive information and energy can create specific circuits and carve new pathways in the brain
  • Using the concept that “neurons that fire together wire together” to create new neural circuits and change the way you focus your attention
Using Mindsight to Get Out of the Brain

Topics covered:

  • A case study on the subjective and objective effects of brain injury
  • How understanding brain injury can generate healthier minds, brains, and relationships
How the Brain is Changed by the Mind

Section 1 Study Questions
Using Mindsight to Create a Healthy Mind
11 Lectures 01:36:21

Topics covered:

  • SNAG: Stimulate Neuronal Activation Growth
  • How we can learn to activate genes and strengthen synaptic connections
  • Determining how we want to change our brains
  • What it means to have a healthy brain
Using Mindsight to Create a Healthy Mind

Topics covered:

  • A scientific discussion on the importance of relationships on the developing brain
  • Emotions and emotional well-being
  • The multiple definitions of emotion
The Developing Mind

Topics covered:

  • How emotion shifts the integration of the different aspects of our lives
  • Emotional health as integration; impairment as chaos and rigidity
  • Rigidity, chaos, and harmony
Emotional Health as Integrative Health

Topics covered:

  • Linkage and no differentiation = rigidity
  • No linkage and differentiation = chaos
  • Linkage and differentiation = harmony
  • FACES: Flexible, Adaptive, Coherent, Energized, Stable
  • A definition of well-being as integration
  • Your hand as a brain model
Rigidity, Chaos, and Harmony

Topics covered:

  • How neural pathways are created, reinforced, and strengthened
Neuron Activity

Topics covered:

  • Using practices that promote the growth of integrative fibers to heal post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Defining trauma as overwhelming a system's ability to adapt
  • The origin of the nervous system as the integration of inner and outer
How the Brain Is Wired

Topics covered:

  • The formation and function of the brain stem
  • The formation and function of the limbic area
  • Five functions of the limbic area: motivation, appraisal of meaning, emotion, memory, and relationships
  • The function of the back and the front areas of the cortex
The Brain Model

Topics covered:

  • The relationship between genes and experience, or epigenetics

Topics covered:

  • The formation and function of the pre-frontal cortex
  • The function of the dorsal lateral area for attention and short-term memory
  • The function of the middle pre-frontal cortex
  • The orbital frontal cortex
  • The middle pre-frontal cortex
  • The ventral lateral pre-frontal cortex
  • The functions of the pre-frontal cortex: body regulation, attunement with others, emotional balance, modulation of fear, response flexibility, insight, empathy, morality, and intuition
  • The connection between wisdom traditions, attachment theory, mindfulness practice and well-being, and the functions of the pre-frontal cortex
  • Integration as a window into wisdom, kindness, and compassion
The Pre-Frontal Cortex

Section 2 Study Questions
4 pages

Section 2 Study Questions
1 Lecture 00:28
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Publisher of book, audio, and video titles in the fields of self-development, personal growth, and spirituality

Sounds True was founded in 1985 by Tami Simon with a clear mission: to disseminate spiritual wisdom. Since starting out as a project with one woman and her tape recorder, we have grown into a multimedia publishing company with more than 80 employees, a library of more than 600 titles featuring some of the leading teachers and visionaries of our time, and an ever-expanding family of customers from across the world. In more than two decades of growth, change, and evolution, Sounds True has maintained its focus on its overriding purpose, as summed up in our Vision Statement:

Sounds True exists to inspire, support, and serve personal transformation and spiritual awakening.

Sounds True is an independent multimedia publishing company that embraces the world's major spiritual traditions, as well as the arts and humanities, embodied by the leading authors, teachers, and visionary artists of our time. Our approach to publishing is not dependent on a single format or technology—rather, we strive with every title to preserve the essential "living wisdom" of the author, artist, or spiritual teacher. It is our goal to create products that not only provide information to a reader or listener, but that also embody the essential quality of a wisdom transmission between a teacher and a student.

Throughout the years, Sounds True has developed a guiding philosophy that we call "multiple bottom lines." Our dedication to this principle is embodied in our Mission Statement:

The mission of Sounds True is to find teachers and artists who serve as a gateway to spiritual awakening and to produce, publish, and distribute their work with beauty, intelligence, and integrity. We treat our authors, vendors, and partners in the same way we would want to be treated. We work flexibly and efficiently together to create a cooperative, loving environment that honors respectful authenticity and individual growth. We maintain a healthy level of profitability so that we are an independent and sustainable employee-owned organization.

The three essential bottom lines for Sounds True are the integrity of our purpose, the well-being of our people, and the maintaining of healthy profits. All three of these priorities are important in the decisions we make as a company. It is our conviction that each of these bottom lines must be healthy for the company to prosper as a whole.

In our history as a publisher, Sounds True has produced a wide variety of formats in order to fulfill our goal of disseminating spiritual wisdom.

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Bestselling Author, Neuropsychiatrist, Mindsight Educator

Daniel J. Siegel, MD, currently serves as the director of the Mindsight Institute and co-director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Siegel is the author of The Mindful Brain and Parenting from the Inside Out. His internationally acclaimed bestselling text, The Developing Mind, has been utilized by a number of organizations including the U.S. Department of Justice, the Vatican, and more. Dr. Siegel is the founding editor of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology.

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