Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Mindful Brain

I am listening to an audio CD that my SIL gave me a couple weeks back...
The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being by Daniel J Siegel.
I have been listening the best I can in the minivan with both kids hollerin' in the back seat, needless to say I am not being very "mindful" of my driving while multi tasking in this fashion. SO, I get about 10 minutes into the CD and he talks about this acronym that he uses all the time to describe staying in the present moment using the "mindful brain". C.O.A.L which stands for: Curiosity, Openness, Acceptance, and Love. My A-HA! lightbulb went off in my head, I do this already! This is what my Biodynamic Craniosacral work is all about. I am creating a space for the clients' body and brain to become mindful. That is all there is to it. When I engage with the client, I am posing an inquiry into what is going on (Curiosity), then I am open to what I find with no judgement in any direction (Openness). When I have a sense about the clients body I accept that its what the body needs to work on, I cannot bring my own adgenda to the session (Acceptance). Finally I appreciate what I feel, the body is doing this to keep itself afloat, that's way cool (Love).
I can't wait to listen to more, it's right up my alley.
I also realized that the author is the same man who wrote Parenting From the Inside Out. I had no idea until I looked up the full title of this book on Amazon just a few minutes ago, go figure.

1 comment:

Mia's Mama said...

I like that. After first reading that brain hurt!
It's similar to the book I'm reading Buddhism for Mothers. Present, open, loving...

p.s. can we look at our schedules? :)