Here is the full text of neuroscientist Daniel J. Siegel’s talk: Are we our mind? at TEDxPrague 2013 conference.
Listen to the MP3 Audio here:
Thank you. Ahoy, Praho. How are you?
It’s wonderful to be here, and I want to thank all of the organizers and all of you for inviting me to come and to talk to you about well-being and making bridges across disciplines.
As you’ve heard, there’s a background of many different approaches. Today you’ve heard from artists, you’ve heard from people who are really trying to make the world a better place, trying to find meaning in life.
When we think about well-being in life, I want to introduce you to one idea, and we’ll explore if that idea has relevance for you. And that’s the idea called integration.
And integration is a word we use to describe how different elements can be brought together in a functional way, so that you can create harmony in your life.
Integration is an amazing concept that has implications for what we do as a society, and it even has implications for what we do inside of our own reflective inner life.
So let me share with you a story about how this notion of well-being and integration first came about. And then I’m going to ask you to reflect in your own life on some aspects of integration.
For me, when I was in college, I was very interested in how life created itself, and I was studying the fish ‘salmon’ that could move from fresh water, where it hatched, to salt water, where it could live most of its life.
And I was very interested in knowing how could a salmon survive that change from fresh water to salt water, which is an extremely big change in its life.