What do the Dalai Lama, Irish poet John O’Donohue, and Sunday’s Rector’s Forum speaker Dr. Dan Siegel have in common? The answer – pioneering brain science.
Last summer in Ireland, I learned that before his death, poet John O’Donohue had been collaborating with neuroscientist Daniel Siegel on the beneficial effects of poetry on the brain. Then I learned that Siegel has been in conversations with the Dalai Lama about scientific proof of improved brain functioning through meditation. Through secular science Siegel is promoting many religious values. He makes some of the mysteries of the brain understandable – knowledge which is empowering!