Monday, September 28, 2015

Reflection, Relationships and Resilience

"Reflection is an opportunity to realize that relationships are our life's blood. This is what gives us resilience not only as individuals, but as a collective community"
Daniel Siegel is currently clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center.
He believes that by focusing just on the 3 R's - reading, writing, and arithmetic which are the neural circuits of the physical world we are depriving kids of the power of mindsight. He suggests that the curriculum should be based on the other more important 3 R's - Reflection, Relationships and Resilience - the neural circuits of the world of the mind. When we are interconnected with others, in tune with them, have insight into ourselves/others and have empathy with them, we have mindsight...Traditional teaching and the way behavior is managed promotes separateness and looking at the world as only a physical entity. We should rather than ' working with children' to help them build relationships and be reflective - Read more on  Parenting is Learning
The second talk examines in particular how relationships and reflection support the development of resilience in children and serve as the basic '3 R's" of a new internal education of the mind.
 -- Watch "Time In: Reflection, Relationships and Resilience at the Heart of Internal Education"

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