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The Mindful Brain Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well Being Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology

Author : Daniel J. Siegel
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An exploration of the nature of our mind, from the inside out, by a leading neurobiologist. Over the last twenty years, there has been growing attention in the Western world to mindfulness -- paying attention to life in the present moment. Here, Daniel J. Siegel investigates the phenomenon of mindfulness as it impacts our daily lives, offering readers insight into personal relationships, emotional behavior, parenting, and work.

Presence

Author : Paul Verhaeghen
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Mindfulness and one of the roads to it, meditation, have become increasingly popular as a way to promote health and well-being. Meditation can create mindfulness in daily life, which becomes an ingrained habit if applied consistently-it can boost immune function; lower levels of stress, anxiety, or depression; lift affect; regulate emotion more easily; and make you happier. Presence reviews how meditation calms the body and what goes on inside the brain during meditation-how it impacts control over attention, awareness of the body, and the experience of self. It examines how meditation leaves telltale lasting traces in brain structure, and how it impacts important areas of life such as well-being, stress, and health. In addition, it examines how mindfulness can be useful as therapy, alleviating depression, anxiety, worry, and pain. A final chapter provides advice on how to meditate and practice mindfulness in a scientifically sound way, based on what we know about how meditation works. Over the last decade, research on these beneficial effects has boomed in the cognitive and behavioral psychology and neuroscience literature, and Presence provides an overview of this research that is thorough and accessible for the curious meditator, seasoned or beginner, as well as for students and practitioners of contemplative science and related fields.

The Mindfulness Edge

Author : Matt Tenney
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"The Ultimate Success Habit is an in-depth exploration of the benefits of mindfulness training with a very clear and persuasive value proposition: the practice can actually rewire the brain in ways that improve nearly every area of leadership (see the draft of the introduction below for more detail). The book is also a practical how-to manual for seamlessly integrating mindfulness training into daily life without adding anything to our already busy schedules. Mindfulness training has been shown through extensive research to not only change the brain in ways that are important for leadership, but that also allow us to be happier, more compassionate human beings -- the ultimate goals of human existence"--

Siddhartha s Brain

Author : James Kingsland
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WINNER OF THE GOLD PRIZE FOR RELIGION / SPIRITUALITY OF EASTERN THOUGHT AT THE 2016 NAUTILUS BOOK AWARDS. Can meditation and mindfulness exercise make us sharper, smarter, healthier, happier? In Siddhartha's Brain, James Kingsland reveals that a complete scientific theory of how these practices work is now within our grasp and may be the key to treating a wide range of afflictions of the human mind. Some twenty-five centuries ago, an Indian sage called Siddhartha Gautama - the man who would become known as the Buddha - developed a programme for improving mental well-being which has been passed down to us by generations of monks and nuns. Today, secular mindfulness courses are proving their worth for tackling many of the problems associated with the demands of our frenetic, technology-driven modern world. Research has shown that mindfulness can be used to treat stress, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, hypertension and drug addiction, as well as improving concentration, empathy, emotion regulation and the quality of interpersonal relationships. There have even been hints that it could enhance immune function, slow cellular ageing and help keep dementia at bay. Taking us on a journey back to the time of the Buddha to track changes in his brain as he travels the path leading to enlightenment, Siddhartha's Brain explains how meditation and mindfulness transform the human mind.

The Stress Proof Brain

Author : Melanie Greenberg
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We can t avoid the things that stress us out, but we "can" change how we respond to them. In this breakthrough book, a clinical psychologist and neuroscience expert offers an original and comprehensive approach to help readers harness the power of positive emotions and overcome stress for good. The unique mindfulness exercises in this book provide a recipe for resilience, empowering readers to master their emotional response to stress, overcome negative thinking, and create a more tolerant, stress-proof brain."

The Mindful Brain

Author : Gerald M. Edelman
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A proposal by two eminent biological scientists for a mechanism whereby mind becomes manifest from the operations of brain tissue.

The Stress Proof Brain

Author : Melanie Greenberg
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We can't avoid the things that stress us out, but we can change how we respond to them. In this breakthrough book, a clinical psychologist and neuroscience expert offers an original and comprehensive approach to help readers harness the power of positive emotions and overcome stress for good. The unique mindfulness exercises in this book provide a recipe for resilience, empowering readers to master their emotional response to stress, overcome negative thinking, and create a more tolerant, stress-proof brain.

Impact of Mindfulness Meditation on Brain Function Connectivity and Structure

Author : Tammi RA Kral
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Mindfulness meditation provides promise for stress relief and well-being. However, most non-clinical studies suffer major limitations. We addressed many of the limitations through larger samples, a design combining a randomized active-controlled trial (RCT) with cross-sectional analysis of long-term training, and complementary brain and behavioral measures. Mindfulness meditation involves paying attention to the present moment, with a non-reactive stance toward experience. This dissertation rigorously tested the impact of mindfulness meditation training on the neural correlates of emotional nonreactivity, resting state functional connectivity (RSFC) in brain networks associated with attention and mind-wandering, and structural neuroplasticity. We examined the impact of short-term training with Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), which is widely used, extensively tested and has demonstrated clinical efficacy. In Chapter 1, we examined amygdala reactivity and functional connectivity with ventromedial prefrontal cortex (VMPFC) during emotional stimuli, which have been implicated in emotion regulation. Mindfulness meditation was associated with reduced amygdala reactivity and increased functional connectivity with VMPFC. Increased amygdala-VMPFC functional connectivity was associated with decreased amygdala reactivity from pre- to post-intervention. In Chapter 2, we replicated and extended prior work showing increased RSFC between posterior cingulate cortex (PCC) and lateral prefrontal cortex (LPFC), which are implicated in mind-wandering and attention, respectively. Increased PCC-LPFC RSFC is hypothesized to reflect better attentional control of mind-wandering. In support of this hypothesis, we found that increased self-reported attention was associated with stronger PCC-LPFC RSFC from pre- to post-intervention. In Chapter 3, we attempted to replicate and extend research showing changes in regional gray matter volume (GMV) associated with mindfulness meditation training. However, there were no significant differences in GMV between meditators and controls. Yet, time practicing mindfulness meditation was associated with differences in amygdala and hippocampus GMV. This dissertation provides evidence for tangible neural changes associated with mindfulness meditation training, which are consistent with hypothesized benefits in emotional nonreactivity and attention. The lack of replication of group differences in brain structure highlights the need for publishing null results, and for rigorous RCTs of MBSR in community samples. Finally, effects of practice time were evident across measures, underscoring the importance of sustained meditation practice.

Good Morning I Love You

Author : Shauna Shapiro
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Discover the Transformative Effects of Being Kind to Yourself “This brilliant book offers us both the science and practice of how self-kindness is the secret sauce of fulfillment, transformation, and joy.” —Lorin Roche, meditation teacher and author of The Radiance Sutras Many of us yearn to feel a greater sense of inner calm, ease, joy, and purpose. We have tried meditation and found it too difficult. We judge ourselves for being no good at emptying our minds (as if one ever could) or compare ourselves with yogis who seem to have it all together. We live in a steady state of “not good enough.” It does not have to be this way. In Good Morning, I Love You, Dr. Shauna Shapiro brings alive the brain science behind why we feel the way we do—about ourselves, each other, and the world—and explains why we get stuck in thinking that doesn’t serve us. It turns out that we are hardwired to be self-critical and negative! And this negativity is constantly undermining our experience of life. “It is never too late to rewire your brain for positivity—for calm, clarity, and joy,” writes Dr. Shapiro. “I know this is possible because I experienced it. Best of all, you can begin wherever you are.” In short, lively chapters laced with science, wisdom, and story, Shapiro, one of the leading scientists studying the effects of mindfulness on the brain, shows us that acting with kindness and compassion toward ourselves is the key. With her roadmap to guide you, including her signature “Good Morning, I Love You” practice, in which you deliberately greet yourself each day with these simple words, you can change your brain’s circuitry and steady yourself in feelings of deep calm, clarity, and joy. For good.

The Science of Mindfulness

Author : Shauna Shapiro
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Weaving together ancient wisdom and scientific research, Dr Shauna Shapiro formulates the most potent practices for living a happy, meaningful life. Individually, these practices will help you sculpt neuropathways of clarity and calm. Collectively, they will help us live in a more connected, compassionate world. The practice of mindfulness works. It's good for you. It strengthens immune function, reduces stress, improves sleep, and offers countless other benefits. It primes the mind for joy, it creates a roadmap for strengthening the brain's circuitry of deep calm, contentment and clarity. Dr Shapiro offers the science and the practice of mindfulness, showing the reader how to rewire and rebalance their own individual negativitiy bias, create new pathways for curiosity, joy and focused attention. This is ultimate training for the monkey mind. 'Shauna Shapiro is known internationally for her outstanding contribution to research and clinical work on the very frontier of the mindfulness field. She is one those rare scientist-practitioners who contribute not only new methods but new and deeper understandings of mind - its challenges and its potential' - Mark Williams, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford, and author of international bestseller Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world

Rewire Your Brain for Love

Author : Marsha Lucas
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Provides information on the way the brain functions in relationships and offers mindfulness meditation practices to enhance interactions and the benefits of being in a relationship. Reprint.

Mindfulness For Dummies

Author : Shamash Alidina
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Breathe deep, declutter your mind, and start leading a healthier, happier life The worry won’t stop. You’re feeling stressed out, the day-to-day seems overwhelming, and it seems difficult to do the simplest things. How can you escape this continual negative feedback loop? Mindfulness is the answer. Practiced by millions of people worldwide, mindfulness puts you back in a healthy relationship with yourself by teaching techniques that allow you to maintain a moment-by-moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and environment. Clear your mind of distracting thoughts Focus on breathing and other self-control techniques Change the wiring and makeup of your brain Free yourself from the stress With this expert, easy-to-follow guide, there's never been a better time to get to grips with mindfulness and the many ways it can help you lead a happier, healthier life.

The Science of Meditation

Author : Daniel Goleman
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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.

Mindfulness

Author : Rinske Annebeth Gotink
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Buddha s Brain

Author : Rick Hanson
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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.

Brain Training With Buddha

Author : Eric Harrison
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The essential guide to training your brain for mindfulness—modern, science-based, and with no Buddhism required. Longtime meditation teacher Eric Harrison intimately understands the benefits of mindfulness, from improved focus and better judgment to relaxation and inner peace. He’s helped tens of thousands of students to achieve these goals by rooting his practice in the Buddha’s original text on how to meditate and live mindfully: the Satipatthana Sutta. Brain Training with the Buddha offers a secular perspective on this ancient wisdom that requires no familiarity with Buddhism itself—only openness to the Buddha’s original teachings. Harrison’s translation of this sutta (the first in modern English) comes with guidance for anyone looking to train their mind by applying its thirteen steps to mindful living today. “Brings clear thinking, practical wisdom, and welcome rigor to the widely popular concept of mindfulness.” —Publishers Weekly Previously published in hardcover as The Foundations of Mindfulness

Siddhartha s Brain

Author : James Kingsland
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A groundbreaking exploration of the “science of enlightenment,” told through the lens of the journey of Siddhartha (better known as Buddha), by Guardian science editor James Kingsland. In a lush grove on the banks of the Neranjara in northern India—400 years before the birth of Christ, when the foundations of western science and philosophy were being laid by the great minds of Ancient Greece—a prince turned ascetic wanderer sat beneath a fig tree. His name was Siddhartha Gautama, and he was discovering the astonishing capabilities of the human brain and the secrets of mental wellness and spiritual “enlightenment,” the foundation of Buddhism. Framed by the historical journey and teachings of the Buddha, Siddhartha’s Brain shows how meditative and Buddhist practice anticipated the findings of modern neuroscience. Moving from the evolutionary history of the brain to the disorders and neuroses associated with our technology-driven world, James Kingsland explains why the ancient practice of mindfulness has been so beneficial and so important for human beings across time. Far from a New Age fad, the principles of meditation have deep scientific support and have been proven to be effective in combating many contemporary psychiatric disorders. Siddhartha posited that “Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think.” As we are increasingly driven to distraction by competing demands, our ability to focus and control our thoughts has never been more challenged—or more vital. Siddhartha’s Brain offers a cutting-edge, big-picture assessment of meditation and mindfulness: how it works, what it does to our brains, and why meditative practice has never been more important.

The Mind Illuminated

Author : John Yates
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A revolutionary, science-based approach to meditation from a neuroscientist turned meditation master, The Mind Illuminated is an accessible, step-by-step toolkit for anyone looking to start—or improve—their daily meditation practice. The book that bestselling meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg raves “brings the path of meditation to life,” The Mind Illuminated is the first how-to meditation guide from a neuroscientist who is also an acclaimed meditation master. This innovative book offers a 10-stage program that is both deeply grounded in ancient spiritual teachings about mindfulness and holistic health, and also draws from the latest brain science to provide a roadmap for anyone interested in achieving the benefits of mindfulness. Dr. John Yates offers a new and fascinating model of how the mind works, including steps to overcome mind wandering and dullness, extending your attention span while meditating, and subduing subtle distractions. This groundbreaking manual provides illustrations and charts to help you work through each stage of the process, offering tools that work across all types of meditation practices. The Mind Illuminated is an essential read, whether you are a beginner wanting to establish your practice or a seasoned veteran ready to master the deepest state of peace and mindfulness.

Paper Pencil and You Mindfulness

Author : Gareth Moore
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Tune into a moment of mindfulness with over 300 pencil-ready puzzles. Paper, Pencil and You: Mindfulness presents over 300 puzzles designed to encourage mindfulness in a busy, stressed-out world. From simple word searches and labyrinths to challenging logic problems and visual conundrums, each puzzle helps to keep the brain sharp, while providing a mindful moment free from distractions and worries. The puzzles in this book encourage you to develop mindfulness skills to help relieve the stresses of modern-day living. Each one is designed to channel your mind away from distractions and to focus on the here and now. Work your way through puzzles that include drawing fences, finding hidden words, matching shadows and linking shapes to improve your awareness, instinct and creativity. So, sharpen that pencil, turn over the page and tap into mindfulness.

Anger Control the Brain and Mindfulness

Author : Mark Beischel
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Learn How to Calm Down the Brains of Angry Children and Parents Most parents and teachers get very frustrated working with angry children. In Dr. Beischel's latest book, Anger Control, the Brain and Mindfulness, a road map of angry children's brains is laid out. His solutions, based on fifty years of practice as a psychologist and parent, are as old style and simple as reward and punishment and as up to date as mindfulness and meditation. The science of this book is supplemented with many stories from Dr. Beischel's years of work as a psychologist and parent. This will be a quick and entertaining read for parents and teachers struggling with angry children and adolescents.