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Aware

The Science and Practice of Presence--A Complete Guide to the Groundbreaking Wheel of Awareness Meditation Practice
Written by: Dr. Daniel Siegel
Narrated by: Dr. Daniel Siegel
Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
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New York Times best seller

This groundbreaking new book from New York Times best-selling author Daniel J. Siegel, MD, introduces listeners to his pioneering, science-based meditation practice. 

Aware provides practical instruction for mastering the Wheel of Awareness, a life-changing tool for cultivating more focus, presence, and peace in one's day-to-day life. 

An in-depth look at the science that underlies meditation's effectiveness, this audiobook teaches listeners how to harness the power of the principle "Where attention goes, neural firing flows, and neural connection grows". Siegel reveals how developing a Wheel of Awareness practice to focus attention, open awareness, and cultivate kind intention can literally help you grow a healthier brain and reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in your life.  

Whether you have no experience with a reflective practice or are an experienced practitioner, Aware is a hands-on guide that will enable you to become more focused and present, as well as more energized and emotionally resilient in the face of stress and the everyday challenges life throws your way.

©2018 Dr. Daniel Siegel (P)2018 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"Meditation strengthens our attention, opens our awareness, and helps us cultivate compassion and kind intention, which have been shown to improve our health and our relationships. That’s exactly what Dan Siegel offers us with Aware, a practical guide to a life changing journey into the deep nature of our consciousness, what it means to be human and how to truly thrive." (Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO, Thrive Global, and founder, The Huffington Post

"Aware enables you to successfully search inside yourself to cultivate well-being and a deeper understanding of the mind with an exciting new approach to meditation.  The Wheel of Awareness provides a comprehensive, science-based way to develop the focused attention, open awareness, and kind intention that research reveals can help bring health and resilience into your life." (Chade-Meng Tan, New York Times best-selling author of Joy on Demand and Search Inside Yourself)

"Dan Siegel who gave us a succinct and clear definition of mind now explores the awareness that knows that mind.  Read this book if you want true freedom and spontaneous creativity." (Deepak Chopra, MD)

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I cant put my finger on it but for some reason I found this audiobook very difficult to follow along. I think there is a good message in their but the way it is presented is falling short.

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wasted my time

I wasted my time, I wish I listen to the motor pf my car motor running instead, no insightfulness, a lot of buzzwords. I found it to be complete waste of time

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  • Mar Sokol
  • 2018-08-27

I've stopped listening after two chapters

I've felt like no information was coming.. two chapters Siegel was describing how wonderful his method is, without explaining anything. Just get to the point man.. I couldn't bear it.

So this sensation, that he is trying to sell me something, convincing me of something, instead of just giving it to me as it is- just made me uncomfortable and agitated, not wanting to keep on listening.

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  • Lynn Kelly
  • 2018-08-27

Least favorite of all my audible selections

Struggled to finish this one. He does a poor job of explaining the process right from the beginning.

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  • Colorado
  • 2018-08-28

BORING

SOOOOOO SOOOOOOOOOO BORING … REPEATS SAME CONCEPT OVER AND OVER .. DO NOT BUY THIS

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  • Lea Zimmerman
  • Gladewater, TX, United States
  • 2018-09-25

I hate to do this, seriously

But I just can't.

This is my favorite sort of book. Books about 'presence' or awareness should at the very least inspire. This mostly inspired me to want to go take a nap. I simply could not keep my 'awareness' on the book itself at all. It's so dry and textbook-y, instead of making me friends with my conscious awareness I just wanted to go do something else, ANYTHING else. I have probably something near 500 audible titles and I have returned very, very few. But this one is going back, with me having listened to probably two hours of it, an hour of it I listened to twice thinking surely the problem was me, and that I was not paying sufficient attention. But if on two attempts a book cannot draw me in, I'm done. Meditation is simple. and this book seems to want to make it very, very complicated. Of course I could be wrong with that assessment as I can't bring myself to get farther in. I feel rather badly, like I owe the author an apology....but this was just so not for me.

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  • RM
  • 2018-09-16

Life Changing

What a fascinating book. I personally love reading about how the brain works and have been doing the Wheel Of Awareness meditation practice since I bought this book and the changes in my life have been huge. I’m a happier person who feels more connected and present in life. Thank you Dr. Dan Siegel for your incredible work.

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  • Padme-Hum
  • 2018-11-02

A Graduate Course

This is not simply entertainment but a deep dive into awareness in a scientific point of view. Dr. Siegel provides simple practices as tools to bring awareness into daily life. This book explains the integration of body and mind consciousness through a scientific process regulating energy and information flow to create presence.

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  • Edward Jefferson
  • 2019-04-25

Disappointing

Dr Siegel has produced some wonderful work with helpful insights. There is some of that here but it is buried in rhetoric. I would estimate a half hour of information in many hours of talk. Mindsight, or the neurobiology of we are better choices.

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  • Daisy A.
  • 2018-09-19

Never Disappointed

I am forever a fan of Dr. Dan Siegel. I have followed his work for many years and his ideas continue to expand and evolve. I would recommend this book to those who have a basic understanding or interest in neuroscience, psychology and mindfulness practices.

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  • Curtis G.
  • 2019-05-07

long and rambling

this book spends more time talking about with the content is going to be than the actual content itself it's painful to listen to and have to listen to it at 2x speed otherwise I can't bear list more than 5 minutes.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-02-03

For Neurobiology Geeks

I loved this book. It's heavy on brain anatomy and explaining why each section of this particular meditation - and those like it by extension - work to create different neutral pathways leading to behavioral change.

That being said, this is in no context a "spiritual" book, although a prospective reader may initially make that conclusion from the cover. Read this if you like to know the reasoning behind scientific findings, particularly if you're interested in the mental & physical benefits of meditation.

Bonus: The author quotes "The Telomere Effect" several times when discussing research about the relationship of longevity and meditation.

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