Wheel of Awareness Meditation with Dan Siegel – I AM 0132

Dan Siegel is a Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine, was trained as a Pediatrician at Harvard Medical School with postdoctoral work at UCLA. He is a specialist in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry, is the Founder and Chairman of the Mindsight Institute, is the father of the field of Interpersonal Neurobiology, is an advisor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, has taught with the Dalai Lama, and he’s one of the world’s leading specialists on the neuroscience of mindfulness. Dan is a distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a recipient of several honorary fellowships. In today’s I AM podcast, he leads Sean and a small group of others through his Wheel of Awareness Meditation during a Search Inside Yourself Teach Training Session given in June of...

How Inner Peace Leads to World Peace

Although the Dalai Lama was probably not the first person in history to say it, he is undoubtedly the most well known in recent times. Paraphrased, what His Holiness said was this: World peace can only be attained through inner peace. It’s a wonderful thought, isn’t it? Upon just hearing the idea as it flows from the written words on the page into the voice of our minds, the simple statement feels like some morsel of ancient wisdom being reborn from an unchronicled time before geopolitical conflict. It seems like an idea that conveys a forgotten teaching; a teaching that although once lost, rings true with a familiar resonance like we’ve heard it before. It’s almost like the very thought strikes the tuning fork in the core of our being. World peace can only be attained through inner peace. And so we hear the Dalai Lama speak the words, and without even hesitating… from more of a feeling space… we respond, “Yes! That’s right! That’s truth!” But is it? Is it truth? Does inner peace indeed lead to world peace? And if so, how? How exactlydoes something as complex and seemingly unattainable as world peace spring forth from something as simple as inner peace? Is a real and lasting world peace even attainable? Or is it just a pie-in-the-sky wish of some forgotten hippy generation that is now off collecting cash for their retirement accounts, while the rest of us are left with some falsely pious gesture of mentioning world peace at Christmas, or Ramadan, or Rosh Hashanah? As you know, in business school and even in regular life,...