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Happiness is far more than a positive feeling that comes and goes, happiness is wired into the physiology of our brains. It is a skill we can all develop through cultivating mindfulness and concentration. In Ten Breaths to Happiness
Schneider presents a series of simple practices and guided meditations that allow you to literally rewire your neural pathways to experience deeper and more lasting fulfillment and peace.
Studies in neuroscience show that it takes about thirty seconds to build a new neural-pathway. Schneider takes these findings and combines them with mindfulness practices based on the teachings of Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. For example, he encourages us to take ten conscious breaths whenever we encounter something beautiful or have a meaningful experience. Consistently exercising this simple practice creates an opportunity for the brain to move from its default reaction of protection to one of appreciation and spaciousness.
About the Author
is a graduate of Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As a naturalist/gardener, he has specialized in ecosystem restoration through the planting of local native plants. As a Zen teacher he is the founder of the Buckeye Sangha in Berkeley, California and in 2011 was ordained as a Dharma teacher by Thich Nhat Hanh. Glen was a contributing editor to Thich Nhat Hanhs Reconciliation: Healing the Inner Child
, and is currently writing Touching the Earth: A Field Guide to East Bay Natural History
. He lives in Berkeley, CA.
Jason DeAntonis is an award-winning sculptor and visual artist. His illustrations have appeared in many children's books including Making Space by Thich Nhat Hanh and Little Pilgrim by Ko Un (both from Parallax Press). jasondeantonis.com
Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the best-known Zen Buddhist teachers in the world today. His best-selling books include Happiness and Peace Is Every Step. He lives in Plum Village, in Southwest France, where he gardens, writes and teaches on the art of mindful living.
Table of Contents
Introduction by Thich Nhat Hanh
1. Ten Breaths to Happiness
2. Our Brain and Happiness
3. Learning to Stop (to create space)
4. Discovering The Magic of the Breath
5. Touching the Wonders of Life around Us
6. Touching the Goodness of Human Connection
7. Opening Up Every Cell of our Body
8. When Resistance Arises
9. Discovering our Deepest Aspirations
10. Touching the Earth and all Beings