Try an audiobook on us

Aware

The Science and Practice of Presence - a Complete Guide to the Groundbreaking Wheel of Awareness Meditation Practice
Narrated by: Jeff Harding
Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)
£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

This groundbreaking new book from New York Times best-selling author Daniel Siegel, MD, introduces readers to his pioneering meditation practice that draws on cutting-edge brain science.  

In Aware, New York Times best-selling author Daniel J Siegel introduces listeners to his life-changing meditation program, 'The Wheel of Awareness'. Whether the listener has no experience with reflective practices or is an experienced practitioner, Aware provides practical instruction for mastering this brilliant tool for cultivating more focus, presence and peace in one's day-to-day life.  

Dr. Siegel reveals in this fascinating audiobook how mindfulness practices such as meditation have the capacity to quite literally rewire our brains, as 'neurons that fire together wire together'. According to Siegel, fear, anxiety and stress in our lives can tend to send our thoughts travelling down the same neural pathways. Our thinking can become rigid or disjointed. Through developing a Wheel of Awareness practice, however, we strengthen our minds by expanding our awareness of how our mind is actually functioning and - in turn - we are able to gently coax our thoughts to travel in healthier, more productive directions.  

An in-depth look at the brain science that underlies meditation's effectiveness, Aware will guide you in developing a meditation practice that will inspire you to be more focused and present in your life as well as more emotionally resilient in the face of stress and the challenges life may throw your way.

©2018 Daniel J Seigel (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    5
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    2

Performance

  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    3
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    3
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    4
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1
Sort by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Not very practical

This audiobook is the fullest description and explanation of Dan Siegel’s Wheel of Awareness practice. The practice itself is a very helpful approach to mindfulness meditation, incorporating both focussed and open awareness as well as lovingkindness meditation.

So I was disappointed that this audiobook is mostly concerned with drawing confusing, somewhat tenuous associations between the experience of the Wheel of Awareness practice and a whole host of mathematical principles and quantum physics theories. I’m a medical doctor and achieved the highest possible grades in mathematics and physics in my GCSE (age 16) and A Level (age 18) exams but I honestly couldn’t follow a lot of the stuff in this audiobook. It’s too abstract, and my bulls___t alarm kept being triggered because the hypothesised associations between these basic science principles and the mind/brain seem so stretched.

The content is made harder to grasp by the narration of this audiobook. I feel bad for the narrator: he’s having to read some pretty unintelligible gobbledygook, and I don’t think I could do it any better. But it’s clear that he isn’t reading the text with understanding. The stresses and pauses aren’t always in the right places.

About halfway through, I gave up on the audiobook and switched to the Kindle version. This was a little easier to understand and much less frustrating; for I could re-read sentences that didn’t make initial sense, and skim over portions of the text that contained particularly tenuous hypotheses.

If you love Dan Siegel’s work, or if you have already explored lots of other texts about meditation and how the mind works, I’d recommend reading the book. If you don’t fall into either category, give it a miss. And don’t get the audiobook, whoever you are!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

Single file in the wrong order

You can download this as two parts or one. I just wanted to alert people that, at least for me, downloading to iTunes, the single file had the two parts stuck together in the wrong order.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful