The Neurobiology of Mindfulness
We will begin by exploring the neuroplasticity of a child’s brain, that quality that allows it to change in response to experience. Understanding brain development in children has implications for educators and can help anyone, teacher or student, become more aware, more mindful, of the way thoughts and energy flow, not just in our own bodies but also from person to person. This learned ability then supports the development of stronger, more resilient minds.
Daniel J. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and a founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. His books include the New York Times bestsellers Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human and Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence.