Episode 20:

The Window of Tolerance and Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness

In this episode, David speaks with writer and educator Dan Siegel. Dan is Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA Medical School, founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA, and author of a number of books including The Developing Mind and The Mindful Brain. They discuss mindfulness practices for COVID-19, the relationship between “monitoring” and “modifying” in meditation (including how this relates to trauma), and the three empirical pillars of mindfulness practice.

Dan Siegel received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. He served as a National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellow at UCLA, studying family interactions with an emphasis on how attachment experiences influence emotions, behavior, autobiographical memory and narrative. An award-winning educator, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of several honorary fellowships. Dan is also author of a number of books, including the New York Times bestseller, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human.