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The Science of Mindfulness


Dr. Ron Siegel




Everyone wants to feel good. Unfortunately, many of our efforts ultimately backfire, only increasing our distress. In this talk, Dr. Ron Siegel explores the surprising overlap between the teachings of ancient wisdom traditions, the insights gained from mindfulness practice, and the findings of modern psychological research in revealing what works and doesn’t work to support well-being.


I really want to tell you about the secret backstory of mindfulness in America. Sharon reminded me I met Sharon. When she was 19. She had come Overland. She was in India. She was from SUNY Buffalo. And I said to Sharon, I met her in Delhi, I said, you know, there's going to be a meditation retreat in Bodhgaya. You might want to try it. She tried it, you can thank me now.

Let me take you back to the 1970s. Anderson Cooper is just discovering the gorilla gorilla. Sauron has not yet been born. We're walking through a jungle. Outside Colombo, Sri Lanka, it's an ancient jungle. It's so ancient, that there's a bamboo grove, where the tree trunks are this thick. And the tree bamboos about 20 feet high. And we're walking really mindfully through that jungle.

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