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Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom

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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.

Review:

"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.)

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"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.

Synopsis:

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.

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:

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.

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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.

Synopsis:

 
Do you ever wonder what is happening inside your brain when you feel anxious, panicked, and worried? In Rewire Your Anxious Brain, psychologist Catherine Pittman and author Elizabeth Karle offer a unique, evidence-based solution to overcoming anxiety based in cutting-edge neuroscience and research.
 
In the book, you will learn how the amygdala and cortex (both important parts of the brain) are essential players in the neuropsychology of anxiety. The amygdala acts as a primal response, and oftentimes, when this part of the brain processes fear, you may not even understand why you are afraid. By comparison, the cortex is the center of “worry.” That is, obsessing, ruminating, and dwelling on things that may or may not happen. In the book, Pittman and Karle make it simple by offering specific examples of how to manage fear by tapping into both of these pathways in the brain.
 
As you read, youll gain a greater understanding how anxiety is created in the brain, and as a result, you will feel empowered and motivated to overcome it. The brain is a powerful tool, and the more you work to change the way you respond to fear, the more resilient you will become. Using the practical self-assessments and proven-effective techniques in this book, you will learn to literally “rewire” the brain processes that lie at the root of your fears.

Synopsis:

Are you ready to transform your mind and emotions? To cultivate compassion, stability, self-confidence, and well-being? If so, get ready to change the way you experience your life with this highly-anticipated approach using mindfulness and compassion. Therapists have long been aware of mindfulness as a powerful attention skill that can help us live with greater clarity and awareness—but mindfulness alone is not enough to completely change the way a brain works. In order to fully thrive, we require motivation. Compassion, like anger or aggression, is an extremely powerful motivational force that can bring about real, lasting change.

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. In this breakthrough book, youll learn how traditional mindfulness and compassion can work in harmony to offer a new, effective, and practical approach to overcoming everyday emotional and psychological problems. If you are ready to end toxic self-criticism, heal trauma and shame, feel worthy and loveable, and be kinder to yourself and others, this book can show you the way.

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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leslie obrien, September 29, 2010 (view all comments by leslie obrien)
I readily admit that I will roll my eyes at many things I lump into the category of "new age". And when I read about programs that claim to achieve happiness through meditation, the eyes do start rolling. Perhaps it is because many of these books appeal only to one side of the brain and I am not THAT right-brained. Buddha's Brain uses science to show how meditation can make a difference. The science aspect helped make it click and I found myself more open to the concepts presented in the book. This book is ideal for those who have been told they need to relax, reduce stress, maybe try meditation, but like me, scoff at wispy music and quickly find ourselves snoozing instead of meditating. The science made it conceivable for me.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781572246959
Author:
Hanson, Rick
Publisher:
New Harbinger Publications
With:
Mendius, Richard
Preface:
Kornfield, Jack
Foreword by:
Siegel, Daniel J.
Foreword:
Siegel, Daniel J.
Author:
Karle, Elizabeth M.
Author:
Hanson, Rick, PH.D.
Author:
Mendius, Richard
Author:
Gilbert, Paul
Author:
Nurriestearns, Rick
Author:
Siegel, Daniel
Author:
Korb, Alex
Author:
Kornfield, Jack
Author:
Nurriestearns, Mary
Author:
Siegel, Daniel J.
Author:
Pittman, Catherine M.
Author:
Choden
Subject:
Personal Growth - General
Subject:
Spiritualism - General
Subject:
Happiness
Subject:
Love
Subject:
Neuropsychology
Subject:
Personal Growth - Happiness
Subject:
Buddhism - General
Subject:
Psychology-Mind and Consciousness
Subject:
Buddhism, neurobiology, finding meaning in life, the link between Buddhism and neurobiology, mindfulness, meditations, find happiness
Subject:
meditation, mindfulness, neuroscience, daily practices, brain training practices, emotional resilience, just one thing, mindfulness meditation, Buddhist philosophy
Subject:
Mental health
Subject:
compassion-focused therapy, cft, mindfulness therapy, paul gilbert
Subject:
Mood Disorders
Subject:
the neuroscience behind anxiety, the neuropsychology of anxiety
Subject:
Stress Management
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.)
"Synopsis" by , "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.
"Synopsis" by ,
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.
"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 ,
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.
"Synopsis" by ,
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.
"Synopsis" by ,
 
Do you ever wonder what is happening inside your brain when you feel anxious, panicked, and worried? In Rewire Your Anxious Brain, psychologist Catherine Pittman and author Elizabeth Karle offer a unique, evidence-based solution to overcoming anxiety based in cutting-edge neuroscience and research.
 
In the book, you will learn how the amygdala and cortex (both important parts of the brain) are essential players in the neuropsychology of anxiety. The amygdala acts as a primal response, and oftentimes, when this part of the brain processes fear, you may not even understand why you are afraid. By comparison, the cortex is the center of “worry.” That is, obsessing, ruminating, and dwelling on things that may or may not happen. In the book, Pittman and Karle make it simple by offering specific examples of how to manage fear by tapping into both of these pathways in the brain.
 
As you read, youll gain a greater understanding how anxiety is created in the brain, and as a result, you will feel empowered and motivated to overcome it. The brain is a powerful tool, and the more you work to change the way you respond to fear, the more resilient you will become. Using the practical self-assessments and proven-effective techniques in this book, you will learn to literally “rewire” the brain processes that lie at the root of your fears.
"Synopsis" by ,

Are you ready to transform your mind and emotions? To cultivate compassion, stability, self-confidence, and well-being? If so, get ready to change the way you experience your life with this highly-anticipated approach using mindfulness and compassion. Therapists have long been aware of mindfulness as a powerful attention skill that can help us live with greater clarity and awareness—but mindfulness alone is not enough to completely change the way a brain works. In order to fully thrive, we require motivation. Compassion, like anger or aggression, is an extremely powerful motivational force that can bring about real, lasting change.

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. In this breakthrough book, youll learn how traditional mindfulness and compassion can work in harmony to offer a new, effective, and practical approach to overcoming everyday emotional and psychological problems. If you are ready to end toxic self-criticism, heal trauma and shame, feel worthy and loveable, and be kinder to yourself and others, this book can show you the way.

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