The Science of Meditation

How to Change Your Brain, Mind and Body

Author: Daniel Goleman

Publisher: Penguin UK

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Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 336

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More than forty years ago, two friends and collaborators at Harvard, Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson were unusual in arguing for the benefits of meditation. Now, as mindfulness and other brands of meditation become ever more popular, promising to fix everything from our weight to our relationship to our professional career, these two bestselling authors sweep away the misconceptions around these practices and show how smart practice can change our personal traits and even our genome for the better. Drawing on cutting-edge research, Goleman and Davidson expertly reveal what we can learn from a one-of-a-kind data pool that includes world-class meditators. They share for the first time remarkable findings that show how meditation - without drugs or high expense - can cultivate qualities such as selflessness, equanimity, love and compassion, and redesign our neural circuitry. Demonstrating two master thinkers at work, The Science of Meditation explains precisely how mind training benefits us. More than daily doses or sheer hours, we need smart practice, including crucial ingredients such as targeted feedback from a master teacher and a more spacious worldview. Gripping in its storytelling and based on a lifetime of thought and action, this is one of those rare books that has the power to change us at the deepest level.

How to Change Your Mind

Using Meditation to Control Your Thoughts and Achieve Peace of Mind

Author: Benny Sawyer

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN:

Category: Meditation

Page: 90

View: 939

If there was one thing you could do to change how you think, feel, and act - would you do it? If you feel stressed, anxious, depressed, or unfocused, then meditation can help you harness the changing nature of the brain in order to increase peacefulness and quality of life. A practical, research-focused look at mindfulness and meditation that is proven to relieve stress, anxiety, pain, improve your awareness, and help you live a more peaceful life in 8 weeks or less. Perfect for beginners and seasoned meditators, How to Change Your Mind explores how to change your brain through meditation by using quick, easy-to-follow exercises. These will increase your gray matter density in areas associated with emotional regulation and decrease it in areas responsible for fear and stress. Research from recent scientific studies have shown the remarkable ability of mindful meditation to change the physical qualities of your brain through neuroplasticity. We'll briefly explore the current scientific discourse happening around meditation and its effects, including: how mindfulness can help shape your thought patterns, improve your day to day life, how to use meditation to handle strong negative emotions, and gain more control over your thoughts. There's no need to chant mantras or block out hours of your day to meditate anymore. Instead, you only need a few minutes to weave these simple practices into your day to find more peace in your life. The book also covers: How to find which meditation exercises work best for you Different ways to meditate (pg. 38, 50, 53) How meditation can slow down your brain's aging (pg. 20) How to harness the power of neuroplasticity (pg. 30) How to get to sleep with meditation (pg. 70) How to manage pain (pg. 66) How to stem addiction and cravings (pg. 71) With scientifically proven techniques and only minutes per day, How to Change Your Mind can help you start living your best life in eight weeks or less. When you purchase the paperback, you get the eBook for free! Click "Buy Now" and start your journey today.

Altered Traits

Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body

Author: Daniel Goleman

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN:

Category: Psychology

Page: 336

View: 115

Two New York Times–bestselling authors unveil new research showing what meditation can really do for the brain. In the last twenty years, meditation and mindfulness have gone from being kind of cool to becoming an omnipresent Band-Aid for fixing everything from your weight to your relationship to your achievement level. Unveiling here the kind of cutting-edge research that has made them giants in their fields, Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson show us the truth about what meditation can really do for us, as well as exactly how to get the most out of it. Sweeping away common misconceptions and neuromythology to open readers’ eyes to the ways data has been distorted to sell mind-training methods, the authors demonstrate that beyond the pleasant states mental exercises can produce, the real payoffs are the lasting personality traits that can result. But short daily doses will not get us to the highest level of lasting positive change—even if we continue for years—without specific additions. More than sheer hours, we need smart practice, including crucial ingredients such as targeted feedback from a master teacher and a more spacious, less attached view of the self, all of which are missing in widespread versions of mind training. The authors also reveal the latest data from Davidson’s own lab that point to a new methodology for developing a broader array of mind-training methods with larger implications for how we can derive the greatest benefits from the practice. Exciting, compelling, and grounded in new research, this is one of those rare books that has the power to change us at the deepest level.

How to Meditate

A Pratical and Simple Beginners Guide to Change Your Mind, Brain, and Body. Daily Guided Meditation and Effective Relaxation Techniques to Decrease Stress, Increase Health and Energy.

Author: John Marcus

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 210

View: 225

Do you fatigue to deal with all the stress of life? Are worries, anxieties, panic attacks, and other such problems bothering you? Does mental clutter keep you feeling foggy all the time? Keep reading and find out a comprehensive solution for all these problems. Life can be difficult sometimes. We are all overloaded with information and digital chatter 24/7. Therefore, our brain is overthinking, stressed and overwhelmed. That's why more and more people are looking to find peace of mind by meditating. Meditation it's a great tool to train awareness and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state. It can improve your physical well-being as well. This book will bring you solutions that will start showing results from the very first day. It is a simple beginners guide for those who are completely new to meditation. You will explore the essentials: the breath, the mind and the body. The meditations in this course will help you to find peace, focus and concentration. This book will also teach you the effective and fundamental relaxation techniques that bring calm, wellness and balance to your life in just a few minutes a day. Inside You Will Find: What is meditation, what to expect, what are its benefits The ways in which meditation can help you Important things to know about posture, timing, clothes to wear during meditation, etc. Best meditation techniques to follow Common obstacles that you may face and the ways to deal with them Practical techniques that truly work Guided meditation for beginners Guided meditations for longer practice Guided meditations for daily practice Ways to regulate breathing Ways to build focus and awareness Ways to work with emotions Ways to deal with fear, anxiety, and pain Effective relaxation techniques Ways to make meditation a daily routine And more... Meditation is a great tool to overcome life's difficulties and find peace of mind. Meditation is an easy and actionable solution for everyone. All the practices are simple and easy to follow. You can look after the health of your mind and reap the benefits of meditation sitting peacefully in your room. Download now to start learning and practicing the life-changing skill of meditation! Scroll up and click the BUY NOW button!

Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain

How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves

Author: Sharon Begley

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN:

Category: Psychology

Page: 304

View: 502

Cutting-edge science and the ancient wisdom of Buddhism have come together to reveal that, contrary to popular belief, we have the power to literally change our brains by changing our minds. Recent pioneering experiments in neuroplasticity—the ability of the brain to change in response to experience—reveal that the brain is capable of altering its structure and function, and even of generating new neurons, a power we retain well into old age. The brain can adapt, heal, renew itself after trauma, compensate for disabilities, rewire itself to overcome dyslexia, and break cycles of depression and OCD. And as scientists are learning from studies performed on Buddhist monks, it is not only the outside world that can change the brain, so can the mind and, in particular, focused attention through the classic Buddhist practice of mindfulness. With her gift for making science accessible, meaningful, and compelling, science writer Sharon Begley illuminates a profound shift in our understanding of how the brain and the mind interact and takes us to the leading edge of a revolution in what it means to be human. Praise for Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain “There are two great things about this book. One is that it shows us how nothing about our brains is set in stone. The other is that it is written by Sharon Begley, one of the best science writers around. Begley is superb at framing the latest facts within the larger context of the field. This is a terrific book.”—Robert M. Sapolsky, author of Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers “Excellent . . . elegant and lucid prose . . . an open mind here will be rewarded.”—Discover “A strong dose of hope along with a strong does of science and Buddhist thought.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune

Buddha's Brain

The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom

Author: Rick Hanson

Publisher: New Harbinger Publications

ISBN:

Category: Self-Help

Page: 272

View: 318

If you change your brain, you can change your life. Great teachers like the Buddha, Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, and Gandhi were all born with brains built essentially like anyone else’s—and then they changed their brains in ways that changed the world. Science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain, and more and more, we are learning that it's possible to strengthen positive brain states. By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of mindfulness practice, you too can use your mind to shape your brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom. Buddha's Brain draws on the latest research to show how to stimulate your brain for more fulfilling relationships, a deeper spiritual life, and a greater sense of inner confidence and worth. Using guided meditations and mindfulness exercises, you'll learn how to activate the brain states of calm, joy, and compassion instead of worry, sorrow, and anger. Most importantly, you will foster positive psychological growth that will literally change the way you live in your day-to-day life. This book presents an unprecedented intersection of psychology, neurology, and contemplative practice, and is filled with practical tools and skills that you can use every day to tap the unused potential of your brain and rewire it over time for greater well-being and peace of mind.

Rewire Your Brain for Love

Author: Marsha Lucas, Ph.D.

Publisher: Hay House, Inc

ISBN:

Category: Self-Help

Page: 276

View: 659

In Rewire Your Brain for Love, neuropsychologist Marsha Lucas brings together neuroscience and mindfulness meditation in an exciting program to help readers create and sustain better, healthier, juicier romantic relationships. With a passion for neuroscience and the ability to relay it in a clear, unintimidating-and funny- manner, Lucas delves into how the human brain works in relationships, exploring the neurological connections that fuel our reactions. In an inviting and reassuring tone, she describes how we developed our current relationship wiring and how to modify it through mindfulness meditation. Focusing on nine high-voltage benefits-including everything from being able to better manage your reactions, to improved communication with yourself and others, to an enhanced ability to handle fear-Lucas shows how a short daily meditation practice can change the way you interact with everyone around you…especially those closest to you. Each chapter focuses on one benefit, including an in-depth description of exactly what that benefit is and how it will improve the reader's life. She looks at the science and research associated with mindfulness meditation in relation to each benefit, and then provides readers with a specific meditation to help bring that benefit into their relationships. Imagine, instead of blowing up at an off-hand statement your partner makes, you are able to stop, breathe, and respond in a thoughtful manner. And as the author says, "You don't have to become a monk, or a vegetarian, or spend hours contemplating your navel"; you simply need to notice your mind's busyness and not get all tangled up in it. This simple process truly can change your life.

Quick Guide to Brain Meditation

Author: Anura Guruge

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 96

View: 899

'Brain meditation' is a modern form of meditation. It is a very pure and concentrated meditation technique. It is meant to be done on-the-fly, in background-mode. As such, you do not need to dedicate any specific time for meditation. 'Brain meditation' can be done while you brush your teeth, take a shower, wait in line for a cup of coffee, sit in traffic or at traffic lights. It is, therefore, ideally suited for today's fast-paced mobile age. Lack of time will never be an impediment. 'Brain meditation', per its name, is extremely brain-centric. The brain is the focus of all forms of meditation. 'Brain meditation' recognizes this and goes right to the source - i.e., your brain. There are no frills, there are no intermediaries. This is a meditation technique that is all about you and your brain. You don't need to sit cross-legged. You don't need to spend 20-minutes in a darkened room. You don't need to burn any incense. You don't have to wear any fancy yoga-pants. You can do - and should do - 'brain meditation' in the shower (or when taking a bath) in the buff. 'Brain meditation' is all about focusing, centering and grounding your brain/mind vis mindful thinking. Where it differs, majorly, from other forms of meditation is that you don't do this 'calm the mind' just once a day or four times a week. You do it, for a few seconds at a time, multiple times a day. That, if you think about it, is not a bad idea. What is the point of having 20-minutes of calmness at the end of a hectic day? Wouldn't it have been better if you could have snatched some respites of calmness throughout your hectic day - to help you out. Well, that is what 'brain meditation' is all about. Meditation on-the-fly, throughout the day, in background mode - while you get on with your life. This book is meant to be a self-help guide. Furthermore, it is meant to be a 'Quick Guide'. It is thus written to be 'to the point'. A more detailed description of 'brain meditation' is available, from the same author, in a companion book "Brain Meditation - For True Productivity & Serenity." 'Brain meditation' will change your life - for the better! It is extremely easy to practice and master. There is no physical effort involved, whatsoever. It is all done in your mind. Just you and your brain.

SWIMMING IN YOUR BRAIN

A Practicum to The Inner Guide Meditation A Spiritual Technology for the 21st Century

Author: Elle A. Simon

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN:

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 206

View: 414

A spiritual “seeker” is invited to peruse the contents of Swimming in Your Brain to discover a practical method for doing the work introduced in The Inner Guide Meditation, a Spiritual Technology for the 21st Century, by Edwin C. Steinbrecher (1930-2002). Make the most of life-changing opportunities from the Inner Guide Meditation when it is an integral part of your daily experience. Whether you already meditate or are looking for a dynamic and sustainable meditation ritual, this book can move you to a whole other level of organizing your meditation time for greater control of your life. Become an Initiate, and use this book to optimize your meditation and astrological transits. Take a spiritual journey into your Inner Plane on a consistent basis, and see beneficial results on the Outer Plane.

How God Changes Your Brain

Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist

Author: Andrew Newberg, M.D.

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN:

Category: Psychology

Page: 368

View: 645

God is great—for your mental, physical, and spiritual health. Based on new evidence culled from brain-scan studies, a wide-reaching survey of people’s religious and spiritual experiences, and the authors’ analyses of adult drawings of God, neuroscientist Andrew Newberg and therapist Mark Robert Waldman offer the following breakthrough discoveries: • Not only do prayer and spiritual practice reduce stress, but just twelve minutes of meditation per day may slow down the aging process. • Contemplating a loving God rather than a punitive God reduces anxiety and depression and increases feelings of security, compassion, and love. • Fundamentalism, in and of itself, can be personally beneficial, but the prejudice generated by extreme beliefs can permanently damage your brain. • Intense prayer and meditation permanently change numerous structures and functions in the brain, altering your values and the way you perceive reality. Both a revelatory work of modern science and a practical guide for readers to enhance their physical and emotional health, How God Changes Your Brain is a first-of-a-kind book about faith that is as credible as it is inspiring.