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Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time

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Publisher Comments:

You've heard the expression, “Its the little things that count.” It's more than a simple platitude. Research has shown that integrating little daily practices into your life can actually change the way your brain works.

This guide offers simple things you can do routinely, mainly inside your mind, that will support and increase your sense of security and worth, resilience, effectiveness, well-being, insight, and inner peace. For example, they include: taking in the good, protecting your brain, feeling safer, relaxing anxiety about imperfection, not knowing, enjoying your hands, taking refuge, and filling the hole in your heart.  At first glance, you may be tempted to underestimate the power of these seemingly simple practices. But they will gradually change your brain through whats called experience-dependent neuroplasticity.

Moment to moment, whatever you're aware of—sounds, sensations, thoughts, or your most heartfelt longings—is based on underlying neural activities. This book offers simple brain training practices you can do every day to protect against stress, lift your mood, and find greater emotional resilience.

Just one practice each day can help you to:

  • Be good to yourself
  • Enjoy life as it is
  • Build on your strengths
  • Be more effective at home and work
  • Make peace with your emotions

With over fifty daily practices you can use anytime, anywhere, Just One Thing is a groundbreaking combination of mindfulness meditation and neuroscience that can help you deepen your sense of well-being and unconditional happiness.

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

What if everyone gave their full, thoughtful attention to the words they said—or texted, or emailed? In What Would Buddha Say?, best-selling author Barbara Ann Kipfer presents 1,501 mindful communication tips based on the Buddhist concept of Right Speech—a belief that what you say can greatly affect your happiness. Readers will learn to speak their truth and say what they really mean, improve all of their relationships, and choose their words wisely and conscientiously in every situation.

Synopsis:

How much better would our lives be if we fully understood the consequences of our actions, and if we stopped to think before acting or reacting? How Would Buddha Act? offers readers a unique, modern take on the ancient teachings of Right Action—the Buddhist concept of acting in loving, compassionate ways and responding to others with the intention of doing no harm. Readers will learn that every thought, word, and deed has a consequence, and by trying to be a better person in day-to-day life, they will be taking meaningful steps toward true enlightenment.

Synopsis:

In this book, psychologist Janetti Marotta offers mindfulness exercises for readers struggling with a lack of self-acceptance and self-compassion. Based on the idea that true self-esteem is based on internal, rather than external factors, the 50 easy-to-use practices outlined in this book aim to promote inner awareness and help readers live a more fulfilled life.

Synopsis:

Sometimes we all need a little lift—something to put the bounce back in our step. If you are like many, you may struggle with self-confidence. You may also compare your successes and failures with those of others. If everything is going well in your life, this tactic may temporarily bolster your sense of self-worth. But what happens when things arent going so well?

Based on the idea that true self-esteem is grounded in internal, rather than external factors, this book offers 50 easy-to-use mindfulness practices that will help you improve inner awareness and live a more fulfilled life without harsh self-judgment. Mindfulness can help you battle feelings of low self-worth by encouraging you to pay attention to your negative thoughts as they occur, accept them, and ultimately control of how you react to them.

The exercises in this pocket-sized book are intended to be simple, brief, and powerful. These are practices to settle into each morning, perhaps before your cup of tea or coffee, and which can be sprinkled throughout the day when you are at work, play, or home. To help you keep track of your thoughts, the book also includes journaling exercises that will help you discover what actions may have led to feelings of positivity or negativity.

By focusing on your own awareness and thought processes, you will begin to understand what factors cause you to feel bad about yourself, and honestly assess those factors without giving in to feelings of hopelessness. You will discover that true self-esteem has less to do with what the world is telling you, and has everything to do with what you tell yourself.

Synopsis:

How much better would our lives be if we fully understood the consequences of our actions, and if we stopped to think before acting or reacting? Based on the Buddhist teachings of Right Action, this inspirational guide will help you gain insight into the importance of your actions, improve your relationships, and live a more meaningful life.

In How Would Buddha Act?, best-selling author Barbara Ann Kipfer offers a unique, modern take on the ancient teachings of Right Action—the Buddhist concept of acting in loving, compassionate ways and responding to others with the intention of doing no harm. In the book, you'll learn that every thought, word, and deed has a consequence, and that by trying to be a better person in day-to-day life, you will be taking meaningful steps toward true enlightenment.

If youre like many others, you probably live an overbooked, stressful life. And when you feel frustrated, overwhelmed, and rushed, it's easier to engage in negative behaviors like overindulging in food or alcohol, watching too much television, maxing out your credit card, or neglecting those you love. You might find yourself on autopilot, completely unable to connect with your friends, family, and community. This book offers 1,500 affirmations to help you avoid these common pitfalls, and stay on the path to enlightenment.

About the Author

Rick Hanson, PhD, is a psychologist and author of Buddha’s Brain, which has been published in twenty languages. He is founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and an Affiliate of the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been invited to lecture at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and teaches in meditation centers worldwide. He lives with his family in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. For many resources freely offered, visit www.rickhanson.net.

Table of Contents

introduction

Part 1: Be Good to Yourself

1. Be for Yourself

2. Take in the Good

3. Have Compassion for Yourself

4. Relax

5. See the Good in Yourself

6. Slow Down

7. Forgive Yourself

8. Get More Sleep

9. Befriend Your Body

10. Nourish Your Brain

11. Protect Your Brain

Part 2: Enjoy Life

12. Take Pleasure

13. Say Yes

14. Take More Breaks

15. Be Glad

16. Have Faith

17. Find Beauty

18. Be Grateful

19. Smile

20. Get Excited

Part 3: Build Strengths

21. Find Strength

22. Be Mindful

23. Be Patient

24. Enjoy Humility

25. Pause

26. Have Insight

27. Use Your Will

28. Take Refuge

29. Risk the Dreaded Experience

30. Aspire without Attachment

31. Keep Going

Part 4: Engage the World

32. Be Curious

33. Enjoy Your Hands

34. Don’t Know

35. Do What You Can

36. Accept the Limits of Your Influence

37. Tend to the Causes

38. Don’t Be Alarmed

39. Put Out Fires

40. Dream Big Dreams

41. Be Generous

Part 5: Be at Peace

42. Notice You’re All Right Right Now

43. Honor Your Temperament

44. Love Your Inner Child

45. Don’t Throw Darts

46. Relax Anxiety about Imperfection

47. Respond, Don’t React

48. Don’t Take It Personally

49. Feel Safer

50. Fill the Hole in Your Heart

51. Let Go

52. Love

References

Product Details

ISBN:
9781608820313
Author:
Hanson, Rick
Publisher:
New Harbinger Publications
Author:
Lesser, Marc
Author:
Hanson, Rick, PH.D.
Author:
Marotta, Janetti
Author:
Kipfer, Barbara Ann
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Subject:
Happiness
Subject:
meditation, mindfulness, neuroscience, daily practices, brain training practices, emotional resilience, just one thing, mindfulness meditation, Buddhist philosophy
Subject:
right speech, Buddhism
Subject:
buddhism, right action, eightfold path, what would buddha do
Subject:
Esteem
Subject:
self-confidence, self-worth, self-esteem, mindfulness practices for self-esteem, mindfulness
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
The New Harbinger Following Buddha Series
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in

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"Synopsis" by ,

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.

"Synopsis" by ,
What if everyone gave their full, thoughtful attention to the words they said—or texted, or emailed? In What Would Buddha Say?, best-selling author Barbara Ann Kipfer presents 1,501 mindful communication tips based on the Buddhist concept of Right Speech—a belief that what you say can greatly affect your happiness. Readers will learn to speak their truth and say what they really mean, improve all of their relationships, and choose their words wisely and conscientiously in every situation.
"Synopsis" by ,
How much better would our lives be if we fully understood the consequences of our actions, and if we stopped to think before acting or reacting? How Would Buddha Act? offers readers a unique, modern take on the ancient teachings of Right Action—the Buddhist concept of acting in loving, compassionate ways and responding to others with the intention of doing no harm. Readers will learn that every thought, word, and deed has a consequence, and by trying to be a better person in day-to-day life, they will be taking meaningful steps toward true enlightenment.
"Synopsis" by ,
In this book, psychologist Janetti Marotta offers mindfulness exercises for readers struggling with a lack of self-acceptance and self-compassion. Based on the idea that true self-esteem is based on internal, rather than external factors, the 50 easy-to-use practices outlined in this book aim to promote inner awareness and help readers live a more fulfilled life.
"Synopsis" by ,

Sometimes we all need a little lift—something to put the bounce back in our step. If you are like many, you may struggle with self-confidence. You may also compare your successes and failures with those of others. If everything is going well in your life, this tactic may temporarily bolster your sense of self-worth. But what happens when things arent going so well?

Based on the idea that true self-esteem is grounded in internal, rather than external factors, this book offers 50 easy-to-use mindfulness practices that will help you improve inner awareness and live a more fulfilled life without harsh self-judgment. Mindfulness can help you battle feelings of low self-worth by encouraging you to pay attention to your negative thoughts as they occur, accept them, and ultimately control of how you react to them.

The exercises in this pocket-sized book are intended to be simple, brief, and powerful. These are practices to settle into each morning, perhaps before your cup of tea or coffee, and which can be sprinkled throughout the day when you are at work, play, or home. To help you keep track of your thoughts, the book also includes journaling exercises that will help you discover what actions may have led to feelings of positivity or negativity.

By focusing on your own awareness and thought processes, you will begin to understand what factors cause you to feel bad about yourself, and honestly assess those factors without giving in to feelings of hopelessness. You will discover that true self-esteem has less to do with what the world is telling you, and has everything to do with what you tell yourself.

"Synopsis" by ,

How much better would our lives be if we fully understood the consequences of our actions, and if we stopped to think before acting or reacting? Based on the Buddhist teachings of Right Action, this inspirational guide will help you gain insight into the importance of your actions, improve your relationships, and live a more meaningful life.

In How Would Buddha Act?, best-selling author Barbara Ann Kipfer offers a unique, modern take on the ancient teachings of Right Action—the Buddhist concept of acting in loving, compassionate ways and responding to others with the intention of doing no harm. In the book, you'll learn that every thought, word, and deed has a consequence, and that by trying to be a better person in day-to-day life, you will be taking meaningful steps toward true enlightenment.

If youre like many others, you probably live an overbooked, stressful life. And when you feel frustrated, overwhelmed, and rushed, it's easier to engage in negative behaviors like overindulging in food or alcohol, watching too much television, maxing out your credit card, or neglecting those you love. You might find yourself on autopilot, completely unable to connect with your friends, family, and community. This book offers 1,500 affirmations to help you avoid these common pitfalls, and stay on the path to enlightenment.

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