Aware

Author: Daniel J. Siegel

Book Summary (in 3 Sentences)

When we can learn to expand our capacity for awareness, our quality of life and happiness is greatly enhanced. The Wheel of Awareness is a useful metaphor for envisioning our awareness as the central hub and any of the thoughts, feelings, or images in our mind as the rim around the hub. We can begin to develop our “mindsight” and improve our awareness by developing the three skills of openness, observation, and objectivity.

How I Discovered It

I have read several of Daniel J. Siegel’s books (Whole-Brain Child, No-Drama Discipline) so when I came across this book in the Libby app I immediately borrowed it.

Who Should Read It

Admittedly this book is a thoroughly in-depth look at awareness and mindfulness that is probably not for everyone. I found it interesting because it details some of the medical and psychological research into the practice of meditation and mindfulness.

How the Book Changed Me (life, behavior, thoughts, ideas have changed)

In a lot of ways this book confirmed experiences I have already had with mindfulness and meditation and provide more insight into the research and science behind why mindfulness is so effective. 

Top 3 Quotes

  • When we speak of expanding the container of consciousness, we are then strengthening the experience of knowing—strengthening and opening our capacity to be aware.
  • I summarize this fundamental principle of mind integration in this way: Where attention goes, neural firing flows, and neural connection grows.
  • Mindsight is a term both for how we see our own minds and the minds of others, and for our ability to honor our differentiated natures at the same time as we link with one another. This means that mindsight is all about insight, empathy, and integration.