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Aware

The Science and Practice of Presence - a Complete Guide to the Groundbreaking Wheel of Awareness Meditation Practice
Narrated by: Jeff Harding
Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
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This groundbreaking new book from New York Times best-selling author Daniel Siegel, MD, introduces readers to his pioneering meditation practice that draws on cutting-edge brain science.  

In Aware, New York Times best-selling author Daniel J Siegel introduces listeners to his life-changing meditation program, 'The Wheel of Awareness'. Whether the listener has no experience with reflective practices or is an experienced practitioner, Aware provides practical instruction for mastering this brilliant tool for cultivating more focus, presence and peace in one's day-to-day life.  

Dr. Siegel reveals in this fascinating audiobook how mindfulness practices such as meditation have the capacity to quite literally rewire our brains, as 'neurons that fire together wire together'. According to Siegel, fear, anxiety and stress in our lives can tend to send our thoughts travelling down the same neural pathways. Our thinking can become rigid or disjointed. Through developing a Wheel of Awareness practice, however, we strengthen our minds by expanding our awareness of how our mind is actually functioning and - in turn - we are able to gently coax our thoughts to travel in healthier, more productive directions.  

An in-depth look at the brain science that underlies meditation's effectiveness, Aware will guide you in developing a meditation practice that will inspire you to be more focused and present in your life as well as more emotionally resilient in the face of stress and the challenges life may throw your way.

©2018 Daniel J Seigel (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Tough going

This book is hard to listen to as the content is very technical at times. Has lots of new made up words, is an academic approach to meditation and perhaps is more suitable for a university study.
The sentences are very long and sometimes I found myself having to take a breath to enable to me to listen and get through to the end of them.
There are so many elongated explanations of simple things that I found it all too much.
There are lots of very good points in the book, some helpful, but he uses ten words when two would work perfectly.
I’m sure he is extremely knowledgeable and possibly helpful to some readers. I found it wasn’t easy to listen to.

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  • Adrian
  • 12-01-2019

Not very practical

This audiobook is the fullest description and explanation of Dan Siegel’s Wheel of Awareness practice. The practice itself is a very helpful approach to mindfulness meditation, incorporating both focussed and open awareness as well as lovingkindness meditation.

So I was disappointed that this audiobook is mostly concerned with drawing confusing, somewhat tenuous associations between the experience of the Wheel of Awareness practice and a whole host of mathematical principles and quantum physics theories. I’m a medical doctor and achieved the highest possible grades in mathematics and physics in my GCSE (age 16) and A Level (age 18) exams but I honestly couldn’t follow a lot of the stuff in this audiobook. It’s too abstract, and my bulls___t alarm kept being triggered because the hypothesised associations between these basic science principles and the mind/brain seem so stretched.

The content is made harder to grasp by the narration of this audiobook. I feel bad for the narrator: he’s having to read some pretty unintelligible gobbledygook, and I don’t think I could do it any better. But it’s clear that he isn’t reading the text with understanding. The stresses and pauses aren’t always in the right places.

About halfway through, I gave up on the audiobook and switched to the Kindle version. This was a little easier to understand and much less frustrating; for I could re-read sentences that didn’t make initial sense, and skim over portions of the text that contained particularly tenuous hypotheses.

If you love Dan Siegel’s work, or if you have already explored lots of other texts about meditation and how the mind works, I’d recommend reading the book. If you don’t fall into either category, give it a miss. And don’t get the audiobook, whoever you are!

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  • Cheri
  • 11-05-2019

Dan Siegel is a genius .. the reading here is awful

I love Dan Siegel’s work
The work in this book is phenomenal however this guys voice is so bland like a robot ... I found it utterly frustrating. Worse so perhaps because I have experienced Dan Siegel teaching this stuff himself and he is engaging and teaches beautifully
The publishers need to give their heads a shake .. because this is not the way to make Dan Siegel’s work super accessible ... and that is what’s needed ...
what is on offer here is a game changing health fostering integration practice ..
The practices are available on Mindsight Institute website read by Dr Seigel and I would direct you there and to tee paper version of this book

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  • liam33
  • 12-10-2018

Single file in the wrong order

You can download this as two parts or one. I just wanted to alert people that, at least for me, downloading to iTunes, the single file had the two parts stuck together in the wrong order.

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  • sam
  • 27-01-2019

inspirational and life affirming!

amazingly inspirational and heartwarming. siegal changed my life. he is such a heartfelt deeply wise and experienced therapist and practitioner . It's a must listen.