The Science of Mindfulness: Working with Anxiety, Depression, and Other Everyday Problems Mindfulness-based psychotherapy is the most popular new …


  1. 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.

  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. 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!

  4. This presentation could have been done better. It is too wordy. The concepts were disjointed. Some useful tips but this presentation does not fit my standards. I will need to do it. There is a lot of work it takes to create a presentation. Anyone who does deserves credit. Neuroscience requires extensive research.

  5. Googlers! Attention, while recording all the private data on every individual on earth, make sure you do it mindfully. What a clown this guy is
    An EXPERT on mindfulness. All he needs is a red rubber nose to complete the look. Endorsed by the Buddhist Pope. Wow impressive. New Age bullshit to keep you in a sleeping state. Congratulations Bozo

  6. Sounds very effective to bypass anxiety and overwhelming emotions, by shifting the focus from the idea causing these emotions, to your breathing or even to the bad feeling itself.
    Now of course the causes of these negative emotions are not addressed… isn't that a problem to release the stress when the source is still there ? I have experimented this when I was younger, I managed to release my stress before exams, then I didn't care anymore, and failed, same situation for jobs and career.
    When the time to pay your bills comes, the stress is back ! And your only answer is now mindfulness, erase anxiety and stress, and voila ! but the bills are still there.

  7. What Mindfulness Research Neglects

    Mindfulness is defined as non-judgmental or choice-less awareness. Choices in turn may be non-perseverative (what to have for breakfast, what route to take to go home, or choices with no dilemmas) or perseverative (worries, distractions, and rumination, or mental dilemmas wherein every alternative is bad). All meditative procedures, including mindfulness, avoid both.
    The consistent avoidance of perseverative choice alone represents resting protocols, wherein the neuro-muscular activity is sharply reduced. In other words, when we want to be relaxed we isolate ourselves from distractive and worrisome events and thoughts. These states in turn correlate with increased levels of endogenous opioids or ‘endorphins in the brain. The benefits of this are manifest, as the sustained increase of endogenous opioids down regulates opioid receptors, and thus inhibits the salience or reward value of other substances (food, alcohol, drugs) that otherwise increase opioid levels, and therefore reduces cravings. Profound relaxation also mitigates our sensitivity to pain, and inhibits tension. In this way, relaxation causes pleasure, enhances self-control, counteracts and inhibits stress, reduces pain, and provides for a feeling of satisfaction and equanimity that is the hallmark of the so-called meditative state.

    It may be deduced therefore that meditative states are primarily resting states, and that meditative procedures over-prescribe the cognitive operations that may be altered to provide its salutary benefits (that is, you just need to avoid perseverative choices, not all choices), and that meditation as a concept must be altered or abandoned.

    Finally, the objective measurement of neuro-muscular activity and its neuro-chemical correlates is in general ignored by the academic literature on mindfulness, which is primarily based upon self-reports and neurological measures (fMRI) that cannot account for these facts. The problem with mindfulness research is therefore not theoretical, but empirical, and until it clearly accounts for all observables for brain and body, the concept will be fully explained.

    More of this argument, including references, below

  8. Great talk, lifted my spirits a little from my depression. Will try to constantly think about my thoughts in this way throughout the day. I also discovered that a way to mentally visualize the distancing of your thoughts vs. being in your flow of thoughts is comparing it to showing a picture roll in full screen vs. looking at the pictures in normal screen.

  9. Cancell on Monica & scandle, bad experiances dont stick, Love sticks, mindfulness sticks, kindness sticks, gifting sticks, loyality to American values which are the 27 constitutional Amendments which include constitutional privacy. Minus illegal wireless influence on the populations & individuals in USA & UN.

  10. the flat tire day was many individual negative things, not just a flat tire. whereas the getting rear ended day was a day lacking all but the one negative part, getting your car bumped. so I think the examples are bad and do not show how tolerance works. tolerance is the moods of both day's two people switched around.

  11. Meditation PROPERLY taught is of immense benefit. Playing with it, which is what Dr Siegal is doing, may harm as many as it helps. I am more than a little suspicious of this whole 'mindfullness' movement, although I would love to be proved wrong.

  12. Mindfulness practice has tremendous potential for increasing well-being, overcoming emotional suffering and improving communication. Mindfulness meditation, when applied to the mind, where we learn how to meditate on our anxiety, fear, depression or anger is one of the most exciting recent developments in psychotherapy.

  13. Very interested in mindfulness and what it has to offer – especially this lecture, which was great. But sometimes I can't help think it sounds like a self-help tranquilizer for reality. If we are so laid back as to be completely horizontal, aren't we missing something in the human experience? Aren't there occasions where shit happens and it's actually not (or shouldn't be) OK to "be with it" or "ride it out"'? Granted we defer too much to our emotions (for very good evolutionary reasons), but doesn't it come close to a message of: ignorance is bliss? Open to all views…

  14. I practice anapanasati 1hr every day no excuses and have done since 2014, I don't have moods, see everything as it is, zero stress, brilliant way to be actually living and enjoying the moment I am in instead of worrying about the future or things from the past. Brilliant!

  15. Be like the sun for grace and mercy. Be like the night to cover others' faults. Be like running water for generosity. Be like death for rage and anger. Be like the Earth for modesty. Appear as you are. Be as you appear.
    ~ Rumi

  16. “In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art.”
    ― Rumi
    Thank you so much Dr. Siegel It was great.

  17. wow this was a really great speach, i have been involved with mindfulness for a few years now but this speech by dr. ron was one of the most clearest explanations of what go's on during mindfulness practice that i have seen. thank you dr. ron and thank you google

  18. 5:25 First rule: 'Don't run" – because one of Lucy's primary strengths was her "fight-or-flight" mechanism?! (flight from what – for how-far??)
    3:30 "The brain evolved not for happiness but for survival," but, (5:57), Lucy could analyze the past for "pleasure and pain"?!

    At about 57:50 he talks about a lot of bad thoughts, but what about the physiological abuse/neglect that affects how the brain forms; how to address that?

  19. i am a vipassana meditator. this talk makes a lot of sense. the doctors teaching this technique to patients should teach them free of costs as the real credit for this technique goes to siddartha gautama.

  20. It is ridicolous that many people now believes that Mindfulness is the Panacea!
    It isn't! Mindfulness or Meditation can only give you a small advantage, but after you must work on yourself even harder, because it reveals all the holes in your structure.
    But it's not like snapping your fingers: it's requested serious efforts, deep understanding, humbleness, patience and purity, that none speaks about!
    Pratically you must study the ashtanga, the eight steps to become a meditative person, You must know and practise: YAMA, NIYAMA, ASANA, PRANAYAMA, PRATHYAHARA (that nobody cares!) DHARANA and finally DHYANA & SAMADHI.
    Stop with these bullshits and illusions!
    Excuse me, my English is basic!

  21. Pretty great Talk, thanks for sharing. Dr. Siegel has a very practical and to the point way of talking and explaining. Also, the Fly video was very inspiring, dude reminded me of Samurai Jack.


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