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Well-Being Through Integration

Neuropsychiatrist Dr. Dan J. Siegel says both enzymes and emotions have something to do about well-being. Well-being is about integration.

Integration is “a word we use to describe how different elements can be brought together in a functional way to create harmony in our lives.”

The human mind is not just about how molecules interact in the brain, but there is something real about emotions – our inner, subjective core, the center of our narrative self, our internal sense of being and well-being.

When we honor the differences between you and me and promote linkages, this leads to compassionate communication and integration.

Integration is like a river where there is a sense of harmony that is flexible, adaptive and full of vitality. But  if you don’t have integration you veer to one bank or the other of either chaos or rigidity.

“Emotions can become powerful catalysts for the transformations that are at the heart of the healing process. We are hardwired to connect with one another, and we connect through our emotions. Our brains, bodies, and minds are inseparable from the emotions that animate them.”

We can integrate the brain by creativity and bring vitality to our lives. The outcome is bringing kindness and compassion into our world and the world in which we live.

“Mindsight” is a term coined by Dr. Dan Siegel to describe our human capacity to perceive the mind of the self and others. It is a powerful lens through which we can understand our inner lives with more clarity, integrate the brain, and enhance our relationships with others. 

Dr. Siegel prescribes a Healthy Mind Platter, like vitamins, with “seven daily essential mental activities necessary for optimum mental health.”

Adrianna Huffington’s Third Metric Thrive Conference in New York City April 24-25, 2014 focused on redefining success beyond money and power to include well-being, wisdom, wonder, compassion and giving.

What relevance does this perspective shed on the well-being of Redding, CA?


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