52 Books - Book 23
Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. is a book for everyone with brain. If we have a human brain, we have the capacity for focused attention. The author calls it mindsight.
A uniquely human ability, mindsight allows us to examine closely, in detail and in depth, the processes by which we think, feel, and behave. And it allows us to reshape and redirect our inner experiences so that we have more freedom of choice in our everyday actions, more power to create the future, to become the author of our own story.
It is hard to create a new future when we are stuck in the past. That is why the first step of the leadership process - to see what we want, is so important. The information in this book can help us use our mind to clear past hurts that are keeping us stuck, or to see a way to building relationships that can help move us forward.
Back, when I wrote about Margo, I mentioned that she had mental agility to stay focused on the present. This wasn't a natural strength. She actually applied a practice I assign to most coaching clients. Daniel Siegel explains much about developing this practice. It is a form of mindfulness that helped one of his patients deal with depression without any medication:
Over thousands of year of human history, from East to West, virtually all cultures have developed some form of mindfulness practice that harnesses the power of mindfulness to cultivate well-being.
If you have ever tried to meditate and gave up I recommend trying other forms of mindfulness. Perhaps yoga or a walking meditation will be your preferred method. This book presents an approach that seems viable and shares many studies and actual stories from his patients. It provides much of the same information from another book I reviewed a few weeks ago but uses different words. The concepts are the same. The brain can change but we have to be aware of our own capacity for changing it.
Every week during 2014 I look forward to sharing books that I am reading. The lens of the leadership process will be the filter for which I recommend books. Books are powerful vehicles for providing us with inspiration and new ideas.