From Pandemic Panic to Presence: Transforming Threat into Challenge and the Invitation to Cultivate Resilience

Lesson Description

In this conversation, Dan Siegel will discuss the ways in which we can face the experience of the threats of the pandemic we are now in and transform that reactive state into one of receptivity and challenge. The human mind is capable of using awareness to intentionally shape how an individual is able to deal with "stress"--the experience we have when something meaningful is at stake. The use of a training of the mind using the three pillars of focusing attention, opening awareness, and cultivating kind intention have been shown to integrate the brain--making us more balanced and regulated--as well as enhancing five research-established ways we can improve our physiological health, including improving our immune system functioning and reducing inflammation. We'll explore how you can use these practices in your daily life to cultivate the mental skills of resilience and well-being.

Instructor: Daniel J. Siegel, MD

Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute which focuses on the development of mindsight, teaches insight, empathy, and integration in individuals, families and communities.

Dr. Siegel has published extensively for both the professional and lay audiences. His five New York Times bestsellers are: Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, and two books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D: The Whole-Brain Child, and No-Drama Discipline. His other books include: The Developing Mind, The Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, and also with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. – The Yes Brain and The Power of Showing Up. Dr. Siegel also serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which contains over seventy textbooks.