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Tired of flaky theories and dubious claims? This clear, compelling little gem of a book, currently getting significant buzz at site. Hanson and Mendius successfully answer the question: How can you use your mind to strengthen positive brain states and ultimately change your life?

The authors also discuss the importance of diet and nutritional supplements. An excellent choice for readers wishing to take control of their lives and spiritual well-being. Readers will find practical suggestions along with impressive research about the brain. I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night with my brain rattling with fears.

Is that crick in my neck caused by a tumor? Are the kids OK? The worries usually vanish in the morning light and I wonder why I wasted all those good sleeping hours. That may have helped our ancestors by not letting them sleep too soundly in hostile environments.

Research has found that the brain may be drawn to bad news and wired to ignore the good. That negative bias highlights past losses and failures, downplays current abilities, and exaggerates future obstacles. The solution? Learn to enjoy the positive, the authors suggest.

Throughout the day, savor the good things that happen by focusing on the positive emotions and sensations for at least 5, 10, or 20 seconds. When random anxieties and negative thoughts arise, counter them by recalling good feelings. And that reminds me of advice my father used to give me: To really know your brain is to appreciate the power you have to be happier, more content and at peace with yourself and the world. Perhaps never before has the interface between hardcore brain science and ancient musings been connected with such enthusiasm.

And now finally, the handbook, based on the latest neuroscience, with user-friendly steps for anyone who wants to create positive change internally. If you are intrigued by the latest findings in neuroscience and wondering what they suggest for your spiritual life or meditation practice, then this is the book for you. The book not only makes this complex subject understandable, but it offers the reader mindfulness0based exercises that turn the latest scientific discoveries into skillful means.

When you change your brain, you change your life. Neuropsychologist Hanson, a practicing Buddhist, emphasizes that meditation or contemplative practice is found in all religious traditions and is completely available to atheists as well.

Many analytical westerners have found a comfortable home in Buddhism because of its non-theism. It has been long noted that Buddhism is more psychology than religion. And, in recent years, scientific studies on the effects of meditation have revealed that meditative practices can physically alter brain patterns and, thus, emotional states.

Hanson gives an overview of regions of the brain, what each controls, and how, paradoxically, as the brain creates the mind, the mind can control the brain. Brain evolution and human evolution go hand-in-hand but, he notes, some adaptations that are favorable for survival can also be a source of unhappiness.

The sting of the Novocain needle in the gums cannot be avoided. With practice in meditation and mindfulness, however, the anxiety of the anticipated pain on the commute to the dentist can be at least mitigated. He makes a convincing case for the well being that can be found in relaxing the concept of self but does not go overboard. A self concept is vital for practical organization as well as for strengthening human bonding. This is a practical, well-written guide that contributes to other scholarly works that are purging the fuzzy new-ageism that used to surround meditative practices.

This melding of science, spirituality, and other scholarly disciplines is, for me, one of the most positive and fascinating aspects of our time. Summer has brought a more relaxed pace in our household what with the demands of homework and school activities gone — and it feels wonderful. While they acknowledge the value of this ability to shift rapidly into such a hyper-aware state, the book focuses more on the importance of cultivating greater mindfulness of the good and beauty in our lives.

And not just for the purpose of creating a positive state of mind, but beyond that, of actually restructuring our brain. Evidence is cited of how neurotransmitters are released in response to different stimuli, such as dopamine when one mindfully focuses on how comforting a particular hug feels.

Information is also offered on how nutrition and nutritional supplements can enhance brain health. An example given of this is the more developed left frontal lobe of those who regularly meditate.

Through the evidence, it becomes apparent that every thought we think, every emotion we feel, releases chemicals within our system which travel between neurons, strengthening existing neural pathways and forging new ones as necessary. It truly is empowering to think that we have the ability to restructure our brain and that, in turn, we can influence how incoming stimuli are received and processed.

We are left with a stronger sense of how important prayer, meditation, faith, greater mindfulness and positive thoughts are. These are not just words or thoughts that go nowhere.

We see their power, their energy, their connection to the life force of our universe. We come to more fully understand their power as they manifest through and out of us and emerge as new consciousness, new behaviors, a new way of being.

Similarly, we become more conscious of what thoughts and images we are taking in via our surroundings, be it friends, media, the beauty we surround ourselves with, the reflective time we make for ourselves, etc.

Our entire being is impacted, physically and spiritually. Rick Hanson, PhD, and Richard Mendius, MD, provide us with fascinating insights into the neurological mechanisms that underlie and control the thinking patterns and practices that bring us joy, sorrow, elation, satisfaction, discouragement, calm, compassion, and a myriad of other emotional states. As the authors note in the Introduction, we are at an historically unprecedented period when the fields of psychology, neurology, and contemplative practice have intersected to bring us a deeper understanding of the workings of the mind.

Their writing demonstrates a firm background in neuropsychology and modern science, as well as experience in many techniques such as meditation, visualization, and mindfulness exercises. By focusing the mind, we find we can harness the power of attention to enhance life and our relationships with others. Hanson and Mendius have combined scientific findings with insights from the contemplative practice of many adepts over a period of thousands of years to help us gain the ability to more easily use our minds to achieve greater happiness, love, and wisdom.

This book is a valuable addition to the literature on mental science.

Meditations are sprinkled throughout. Hanson uses neuroanatomy, physiology and psychology to explain how the brain works in creating specific feelings and states of mind. The bad news is that the brain and the body seem to be hardwired to create suffering. The good news is that current research is showing that the brain is malleable and changeable, and it is changed by how we use it.

Likewise, the structure and biochemistry of the brain determines what types of thoughts and emotions can be created in our minds. Citing scientific research, Hanson shows how we can consciously work to re-wire our brains to produce peace, happiness, kindness and compassion through time tested.

This is a great book for anyone. I really enjoyed it, and recommend it to anyone who wants a neuroscientific breakdown of important concepts in spirituality, Buddhism, meditation. Many helpful concepts are detailed alongside their neuroscientific mechanisms. Elizabeth Gilbert. The Course of Love.

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