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Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdomby Rick Hanson
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Depression can feel like a downward spiral, pulling you down into a vortex of sadness, fatigue, and apathy. Based in the latest research in neuroscience, this book offers dozens of little things you can do every day to rewire your brain and create an upward spiral towards a happier, healthier life.
Depression doesnt happen all at once. It starts gradually and builds momentum over time. If you go through a difficult experience, you may stop taking care of yourself. You may stop exercising and eating healthy, which will end up making you feel even worse as time goes on. You are caught in a downward spiral, but you may feel too tired, too overwhelmed, and too scared to try and pull yourself back up. The good news is that just one small step can be a step in the right direction.
In The Upward Spiral, neuroscientist Alex Korb demystifies the neurological processes in the brain that cause depression and offers effective ways to get better—one little step at a time. In the book, youll discover that there isnt one big solution” that will solve your depression. Instead, there are dozens of small, practical things you can do to alleviate your symptoms and start healing. Some are as simple as relaxing certain muscles to reduce feelings of anxiety, while others involve making small efforts toward more positive social interactions. Small steps in the right direction can have profound effects—giving you the power to literally reshape” your brain.
Like most people, you probably didnt wake up one day and find yourself completely depressed. Instead, it probably happened over time, as a series of reactions to difficult situations and negative thinking. But if you are ready to reverse the trajectory of your depression and find lasting happiness, this book will show you how.
"The brain physiology associated with spiritual states has been fertile ground for researchers and writers alike. Neuropsychologist andmeditation teacher Hanson suggests that an understanding of the brain in conjunction with 2,500-year-old Buddhist teachings can help readers achieve more happiness. He explains how the brain evolved to keep humans safe from external threats; the resulting 'built-in negativity bias' creates suffering in modern individuals. Citing psychologist Donald Hebb's conclusion that 'when neurons fire together, they wire together,' Hanson argues that the brain's functioning can be affected by simple practices and meditation to foster well-being. Classic Buddhist concepts such as the 'three trainings' — mindfulness, virtuous action and wisdom — frame Hanson's approach. Written with neurologist Mendius, the book includes descriptions and diagrams of brain functioning. Clear instructions guide the reader toward more positive thoughts and feelings. While the author doesn't always succeed at clarifying complex physiology, this gently encouraging 'practical guide to your brain' offers helpful information supported by research as well as steps to change instinctive patterns through the Buddhist path." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Buddha's Brain" joins the forces of modern science with ancient teachings to show readers how to have greater emotional balance in turbulent times, as well as healthier relationships, more effective actions, and a deeper religious or spiritual practice.
In Buddha's Brain, a clinical psychologist and a senior neurologist explain how the brain benefits from contemplative practice and show readers how to develop greater happiness, love, and wisdom by drawing from breakthroughs in modern neuroscience.
Combining meditative principles with fascinating neuroscientific research, Just One Thing presents more than fifty simple practices readers can do each day to wire the brain for increased happiness, positive thinking, and wisdom. Written by Rick Hanson, author of Buddha's Brain, this pocket-sized book helps readers reap the benefits of meditation through simple five to ten-minute practices they can access anytime, anywhere.
Mindfulness is a powerful practice that can change lives—but mindfulness alone isnt enough to completely change the way a brain works. In order to thrive, people need to practice both mindfulness and compassion. Written by the founder of compassion-focused therapy (CFT), Paul Gilbert and former Buddhist monk, Choden, Mindful Compassion is a unique blending of evolutionary and Buddhist psychology designed to help readers develop compassion toward themselves and others in order to end toxic self-criticism, heal trauma and shame, feel worthy and loveable, and live happier, healthier lives.
In Rewire Your Anxious Brain, a clinical psychologist offers readers a unique, evidence-based solution to overcoming anxiety based in cutting-edge neuroscience and research. In the book, readers will learn how the amygdala and cortex (both important parts of the brain) are essential players in the neuropsychology of anxiety. Using the practical self-assessments and proven-effective techniques in the book, readers will learn to rewire” the brain processes that lie at the root of their fears.
What is a yoga mind?” And how can it help calm anxiety, heal painful thoughts, soothe stress, and bring a lasting sense of well-being? In Yoga Mind, Peaceful Mind, two seasoned yoga teachers present gentle meditations to help readers overcome anxiety and stress. This books emphasis on yogas contemplative tradition, rather than postures, makes it perfect for people of all walks of life, including those with physical disabilities. This is a thoughtful and accessible book to help readers achieve true peace of mind.
Little daily hassles can often add up to big stress. In In This Moment, two internationally-renowned psychologists show readers how to connect with the present moment and find a sense of calm and serenity using a breakthrough, evidence-based program grounded in mindfulness and neuroscience. Over time, chronic stress can take its toll on mental and physical health, leading to everything from anxiety and depression to weight gain and disease. By practicing the exercises in this book, readers will learn to combat stress in healthy ways, stay balanced, and live happier lives, no matter what challenges arise.
Depression can feel like a downward spiral, but its the little things that can add up to make a huge impact on recovery. In the breakthrough book, The Upward Spiral, neuroscientist Alex Korb demystifies the neurological processes in the brain that cause depression and offers readers small yet effective ways to ease their worst symptoms. Readers will discover there isnt one big solution” that will solve their depression. Instead, they will learn that there are dozens of tiny steps they can take every day to reshape their brain and create an upward spiral towards a happier, healthier life.
In The Art and Skill of Buddhist Meditation, mindfulness teacher Richard Shankman gives readers a foundational guide to the art and skill of Buddhist meditation, showing them how to construct a daily practice that unifies two major Terravita Buddhist traditions—concentration meditation and insight meditation. This new, integrative, and simple approach will help readers manage stress, quiet their busy minds, and cultivate a lasting sense of well-being.
For the first time ever, a leading Insight meditation teacher presents an innovative and practical guide to building a strong meditation practice by unifying both concentration and insight meditation.
In our busy modern world, its easy to get stressed out. In The Art and Skill of Buddhist Meditation, mindfulness teacher Richard Shankman offers a foundational guide to the art and skill of Buddhist meditation, showing you how to construct a calming daily practice that unifies two major Vipassana Buddhist traditions—concentration meditation and insight meditation.
Whether you are a beginning or intermediate student of Buddhism, this book provides a user-friendly meditation regime. New readers are presented with a strong foundation in multiple meditation approaches, while those whove been training for a while will be able to better integrate what theyve already learned with new and unfamiliar approaches drawn from other streams of Buddhist thought.
This new, integrative, and simple approach to meditation will help you to better manage stress, quiet your busy mind, and cultivate a lasting sense of well-being.
Little daily hassles can add up to big, big stress.
Whether youre stuck in traffic, hauling your kids out the front door in the morning, dealing with a demanding boss, or worrying about money, its easy to become overwhelmed. Stress is a normal part of daily life; but over time, chronic stress can take its toll on both your mental and physical health, leading to everything from anxiety and depression to weight gain and disease. So how can you move past the little hassles that get in the way of fully enjoying life?
In This Moment will show you how to find a sense of calm and serenity using a breakthrough, evidence-based program grounded in mindfulness and neuroscience. Imagine feeling stressed, and being able to work through it by paying attention to your thoughts and feelings, moment by moment, no matter where you are or what youre doing. Its not as difficult as it sounds!
Written by cofounder of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) Kirk Strosahl and pioneering behavioral health researcher Patricia Robinson, the mindfulness exercises in this book will help you strengthen the parts of your brain that support vitality and a sense of being fully present in the here and now. And with a little practice, you will learn to combat stress in healthy ways, stay balanced, and live a happier life, no matter what challenges arise.
About the Author
Rick Hanson, PhD, is a neuropsychologist, meditation teacher, and the author of Buddha's Brain. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, he cofounded the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and edits the Wise Brain Bulletin. He and his wife have two children.
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