The Mindful Brain


“A notable science title that smartly combines the personal, the clinical and the spiritual.”

- Publishers Weekly

"The Mindful Brain marks a major landmark in the merging field of contemplative neuroscience.  Daniel Siegel offers a proactive, highly original, and brilliant theory integrating mindfulness meditation with brain research, one that will shape thinking in the field for years to come.  This is a must-read for anyone interested in the science of mind and mindfulness."

- Daniel Goleman, author of Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships

"This is the first book I've read that successfully, intelligently, and interestingly integrates the two different perspectives of mindfulness theory and practice: mindfulness derived from meditation, and mindfulness without meditation, as I've studied it. Bravo!  While especially relevant for practitioners and teachers, the student in all of us will prosper from reading it."

- Ellen J. Langer, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and author of Mindfulness and On Becoming an Artist: Reinventing Yourself Through Mindful Creativity

"A brilliant and visionary wedding of mindfulness and neurobiology.  Siegel's book stands out for its skillful weaving together of the interpersonal, the inner world, the latest science, and practical applications, all envisioned as a whole."

- Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., founding teacher of the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock Center, and author of A Path With Heart

“Siegel has both a meticulous understanding of the roles of different parts of the brain and an intimate relationship with mindfulness. . . . [I]nsightful proposals, bolstered by preliminary research data, for how mindful awareness might engage parts of the brain in novel ways and lead to permanent neurological changes. His speculations are interesting in and of themselves, and they also may provide neuroscientists with ideas for experiments that could test the effects of mindfulness on the brain. . . . [A]n exciting glimpse of into an uncharted territory of neuroscience.”

Scientific American Mind

“[A] rich and illuminating exploration of what it means to live in the here-and-now, to be fully present in the moment, to be 'mindfully aware.' . . . . [I]n-depth as well as life changing. . . . [T]he ideas in this book will both enrich one's own mindfulness practice and enhance one's therapeutic skills.”

American Journal of Psychiatry

“[E]xtremely informative and helpful, providing deep insights into the process of mindful awareness....timely and useful.”

Journal of Clinical Psychiatry