Dr Daniel Siegel talking about how he started out as a scientist, trained as a clinician, became a teacher – always excited to learn as much as he could about the mind.
… of how as a scientist he came to realise we have to say:
“there is so much we don’t know”
“for me as a scientist working in the field of subjective suffering, as a clinician it really became important to be open to everything”
… of how was using the word mindfulness in a book about parenting to talk of ideas about being intentional before discovering a whole mindfulness community that overlaps with spiritual community..
“so what’s happened for me is a dissolution of the boundaries of science and spirituality”
…how when he was taking at conferences on spirituality he would say
“I don’t know what spirituality is because I’ve never used the term before, please teach me..”
Invariably they say would say the same thing…
Spirituality is two things…
A sense of being connected to something larger than this bodily self
and a sense of deep meaning of the purpose of life.
“I don’t see any need for separation between disciplined practice of spirituality and disciplined practise of science
The mind is within us and between us.
“This view is not embraced by the field of psychiatry, its not embraced by the field of medicine, its not embraced by the academic fields, amazingly even of social neuroscience .
For now, the classic “scientific ” statement is ‘The.mind.is.what.the.brain.does’
When we choose to look at it this way ith this belief we get to what we have now…
“we look at someone whose mind – their thoughts, feelings, behaviour- is “off” and then we say “oooh! they have a bad brain!”
“we either isolate them because we’re afraid of them, or you give them pills, or whatever you do…
“but if you don’t first start with communities of support then of course the brain is gonna stop functioning so well,
and that difference in how we view it is all the difference because we take responsibility for each other,
because your mind and my mind are deeply linked ..
and that’s the nature of humanity
Clip from interview with Phil Borges for his Crazywise prohject.
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