Dr Siegel describes how compassion switches to irritation when we haven't developed emotional literacy to relate well within. We need to practice presence with our own emotions in order to be present with others. Here's his 'healthy mind' platter - things we need to do every day in order to be there for others: focus time, play time, connecting time, physical time, time-in (reflecting), down time, and sleep time. TED talk at http://youtu.be/2qFH4wI0ScY
The Science of Mindfulness < free audio downloads: Jon Kabat-Zinn describes the many benefits of daily practice; Dr. Siegel explains the effects of mindfulness practice on our mental health and physiology; Rick Hanson, Tara Brach and Kelly Mcgonigal
Dr. Siegel s Diet Cookies from Food.com: From a friend who obtained it from a famous diet Doctor. Eat 6 cookies throughout the day along with 6 oz. fish or chicken, 2 cups veggies and a salad for dinner. Use diet for one month and you can expect a 15 lb. weight loss. I tried them and they are tasty but would add maybe add 1/2 cup of Spenda and more spices next time! They DO fill you up!! Can't vouch for weight loss yet but sounds like it will work!!!