Mindfulness and Meditation are Social Phenomena Sweeping our World

February 27, 2020

UPDATE: Given the recent decisions made by Bradley University regarding the worldwide Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the following event has been modified. Below you may view the updated release.


New York Times best selling author Dr. Dan Siegel is the featured speaker of Bradley University's 5th Annual Super Brain Summit. Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, which focuses on the development of mindsight through teaching insight, empathy and integration in individuals, families and communities.

It’s the perfect time to hear from Dr. Siegel, as statistics show a dynamic shift in the practice of meditation.

  • Over 14% of US adults have tried meditation at least once.
  • Since 2012 the number of people practicing meditation has tripled.
  • The value of the meditation market is set to double from $1.2 billion in 2017 to $2 billion by 2022.

The Good Body credits “general wellness” as the number one reason people meditate. Dr. Siegel explains the link between meditation and general wellness in his book Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence--A Complete Guide to the Groundbreaking Wheel of Awareness Meditation Practice. “Studies using meditative interventions have found that training the mind in these ways of focused attention, open awareness and kind intention could have many benefits, among them not only the reduction of the subjective experience of pain but also an objective diminishment of the representation of pain within the brain.”

Dr. Siegel is skilled at making complicated scientific concepts more exciting and accessible for the general public. He appeals to a wide audience, including health professionals, teachers, yoga instructors, counselors, psychologists and anyone who practices mindfulness. Specifically and most notably, he has lectured for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and London's Royal Society of Art.

"Dr. Dan Siegel was invited to be the main speaker for Bradley's Super Brain Summit as he is the international expert on mindfulness and meditation. We are so fortunate to have him with us," says Dr. Lori Russell-Chapin, Professor and Co-Director for the Center for Collaborative Brain Research.

On Friday, March 27, Dr. Siegel will present via live stream from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information, including specific topics, cost and registration, click here.

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