The Neuroscience of Meditation

The Neuroscience of Meditation
Author: Yi-Yuan Tang,Rongxiang Tang
Publsiher: Academic Press
Total Pages: 234
Release: 2020-02-21
ISBN 10: 0128182679
ISBN 13: 9780128182673
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Neuroscience of Meditation Book Review:

The Neuroscience of Meditation: Understanding Individual Differences explores the individual differences in learning and practicing meditation, while also providing insights on how to learn and practice effectively. The book comprehensively covers the research in brain areas and networks that mediate the positive effects of meditation upon physical and mental health. Though it examines how people differ in how they learn and practice meditation, it underscores how underlying mechanisms differ in learning and practicing meditation and how they remain unclear to researchers. This book addresses the research gap and explores the brain science behind meditation. Examines the biological mechanisms that give rise to individual differences Incorporates brain imaging and physiological recordings for further measurement of individual differences Covers the genetic association between meditation learning and practice Explores how meditation changes over the lifespan—from children to seniors

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation
Author: Yi-Yuan Tang
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 94
Release: 2017-08-09
ISBN 10: 3319463225
ISBN 13: 9783319463223
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation Book Review:

This book presents the latest neuroscience research on mindfulness meditation and provides guidance on how to apply these findings to our work, relationships, health, education and daily lives. Presenting cutting-edge research on the neurological and cognitive changes associated with its practice Tang aims to explain how it reaps positive effects and subsequently, how best to undertake and implement mindfulness practice. Mindfulness neuroscience research integrates theory and methods from eastern contemplative traditions, western psychology and neuroscience, and is based on neuroimaging techniques, physiological measures and behavioural tests. The Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation begins by explaining these foundations and then moves on to themes such as the impact of personality and how mindfulness can shape behaviour change, attention and self-control. Finally, the book discusses common misconceptions about mindfulness and challenges in future research endeavours. Written by an expert in the neuroscience of mindfulness this book will be valuable for scholars, researchers and practitioners in psychotherapy and the health sciences working with mindfulness, as well as those studying and working in the fields of neuroscience and neuropsychology.

Neuroscience and Psychology of Meditation in Everyday Life

Neuroscience and Psychology of Meditation in Everyday Life
Author: Dusana Dorjee
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 196
Release: 2017-07-20
ISBN 10: 1315461951
ISBN 13: 9781315461953
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Neuroscience and Psychology of Meditation in Everyday Life Book Review:

Neuroscience and Psychology of Meditation in Everyday Life addresses essential and timely questions about the research and practice of meditation as a path to realization of human potential for health and well-being. Balancing practical content and scientific theory, the book discusses long-term effects of six meditation practices: mindfulness, compassion, visualization-based meditation techniques, dream yoga, insight-based meditation and abiding in the existential ground of experience. Each chapter provides advice on how to embed these techniques into everyday activities, together with considerations about underlying changes in the mind and brain based on latest research evidence. This book is essential reading for professionals applying meditation-based techniques in their work and researchers in the emerging field of contemplative science. The book will also be of value to practitioners of meditation seeking to further their practice and understand associated changes in the mind and brain.

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness
Author: Dr Stan Rodski
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2018-12-17
ISBN 10: 1460708318
ISBN 13: 9781460708316
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness Book Review:

Explore the benefits of a mindful approach to life Cutting-edge studies in neuroscience have in recent years proved what many doctors, therapists and other health professionals had long suspected: simple, repetitive tasks, performed with focus and attention - mindfulness, in other words - can not only quieten our noisy thought processes and help us relax but also improve our outlook on life and protect us against a range of life-threatening illnesses. A cognitive neuroscientist and a leading authority on mental performance, Stan Rodski sets out the science behind these remarkable discoveries in simple terms, and explains how you in turn can benefit from them. As well as examining the potentially pivotal role of mindfulness in alleviating stress and managing energy, Stan highlights the most effective mindfulness activities, guides you through quick and easy exercises, and shows you how to harness the power of mindfulness over the long term to forge mental and physical resilience - and create a happier, healthier, more compelling future.

Mind Brain and the Path to Happiness

Mind  Brain and the Path to Happiness
Author: Dusana Dorjee
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 158
Release: 2013-09-11
ISBN 10: 1134517742
ISBN 13: 9781134517749
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mind Brain and the Path to Happiness Book Review:

Mind, Brain and the Path to Happiness presents a contemporary account of traditional Buddhist mind training and the pursuit of wellbeing and happiness in the context of the latest research in psychology and the neuroscience of meditation. Following the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of Dzogchen, the book guides the reader through the gradual steps in transformation of the practitioner’s mind and brain on the path to advanced states of balance, genuine happiness and wellbeing. Dusana Dorjee explains how the mind training is grounded in philosophical and experiential exploration of the notions of happiness and human potential, and how it refines attention skills and cultivates emotional balance in training of mindfulness, meta-awareness and development of healthy emotions. The book outlines how the practitioner can explore subtle aspects of conscious experience in order to recognize the nature of the mind and reality. At each of the steps on the path the book provides novel insights into similarities and differences between Buddhist accounts and current psychological and neuroscientific theories and evidence. Throughout the book the author skilfully combines Buddhist psychology and Western scientific research with examples of meditation practices, highlighting the ultimately practical nature of Buddhist mind training. Mind, Brain and the Path to Happiness is an important book for health professionals and educators who teach or apply mindfulness and meditation-based techniques in their work, as well as for researchers and students investigating these techniques both in a clinical context and in the emerging field of contemplative science.

Meditation Interventions to Rewire the Brain

Meditation Interventions to Rewire the Brain
Author: Jeff Tarrant
Publsiher: Pesi Publishing & Media
Total Pages: 175
Release: 2017-07-03
ISBN 10: 9781683730729
ISBN 13: 1683730720
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Meditation Interventions to Rewire the Brain Book Review:

Discover how to increase the power of meditation and mindfulness in your clinical practice. Meditation Interventions to Rewire the Brain takes a practical, individualized, brain-based approach to the practice of meditation. Author Jeff Tarrant, PhD, goes beyond traditional meditation practices to include a broad collection of mind-body strategies to effectively treat ADHD, anxiety, depression and PTSD. --Over 50 worksheets, handouts, tips, scripts and exercises on: -Matching the four styles of Neuromeditation with client needs and goals -Yoga, meditation-in-motion and nature-based strategies -Using therapeutic tools such as biofeedback, essential oils & virtual reality -Everything you need to immediately begin using these methods in your practice

Meditation Neuroscientific Approaches and Philosophical Implications

Meditation     Neuroscientific Approaches and Philosophical Implications
Author: Stefan Schmidt,Harald Walach
Publsiher: Springer Science & Business Media
Total Pages: 411
Release: 2013-11-19
ISBN 10: 3319016342
ISBN 13: 9783319016344
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Meditation Neuroscientific Approaches and Philosophical Implications Book Review:

This volume features a collection of essays on consciousness, which has become one of the hot topics at the crossroads between neuroscience, philosophy, and religious studies. Is consciousness something the brain produces? How can we study it? Is there just one type of consciousness or are there different states that can be discriminated? Are so called “higher states of consciousness” that some people report during meditation pointing towards a new understanding of consciousness? Meditation research is a new discipline that shows new inroads into the study of consciousness. If a meditative practice changes brain structure itself this is direct proof of the causal influence of consciousness onto its substrate. If different states of consciousness can be linked with properties and states of the brain this can be used to study consciousness more directly. If the sense of self is modifiable through meditative techniques and this can be objectively shown through neuro-imaging, this has profound implications for our understanding of who we are. Can consciousness, in deep states of meditative absorption, actually access some aspect of reality which we normally don't? Meditation research can potentially foster us with a new access to the phenomenological method in general. This has even been branded with a new catch-phrase: Contemplative Science. It brings together the most modern neuroscientific approach and the most advanced phenomenological methodology of studying the mind from within, through highly skilled self-observation that has gone through many thousand hours of honing the capacity to look carefully, without distraction. This book addresses these issues by bringing together some of the leading researchers and thinkers in the field. The scope of the volume reaches from first person neuroscience to Indian philosophy, from pedagogic applications to epistemological aspects and from compassion meditation to the study of brain activity.

Altered Traits

Altered Traits
Author: Daniel Goleman,Richard J. Davidson
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2017-09-05
ISBN 10: 0399184406
ISBN 13: 9780399184406
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Altered Traits Book Review:

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.

Waking Dreaming Being

Waking  Dreaming  Being
Author: Evan Thompson
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 480
Release: 2014-11-18
ISBN 10: 0231538316
ISBN 13: 9780231538312
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Waking Dreaming Being Book Review:

A renowned philosopher of the mind, also known for his groundbreaking work on Buddhism and cognitive science, Evan Thompson combines the latest neuroscience research on sleep, dreaming, and meditation with Indian and Western philosophy of mind, casting new light on the self and its relation to the brain. Thompson shows how the self is a changing process, not a static thing. When we are awake we identify with our body, but if we let our mind wander or daydream, we project a mentally imagined self into the remembered past or anticipated future. As we fall asleep, the impression of being a bounded self distinct from the world dissolves, but the self reappears in the dream state. If we have a lucid dream, we no longer identify only with the self within the dream. Our sense of self now includes our dreaming self, the "I" as dreamer. Finally, as we meditate—either in the waking state or in a lucid dream—we can observe whatever images or thoughts arise and how we tend to identify with them as "me." We can also experience sheer awareness itself, distinct from the changing contents that make up our image of the self. Contemplative traditions say that we can learn to let go of the self, so that when we die we can witness its dissolution with equanimity. Thompson weaves together neuroscience, philosophy, and personal narrative to depict these transformations, adding uncommon depth to life's profound questions. Contemplative experience comes to illuminate scientific findings, and scientific evidence enriches the vast knowledge acquired by contemplatives.

Zen Brain Reflections

Zen Brain Reflections
Author: James H. Austin
Publsiher: MIT Press
Total Pages: 616
Release: 2010-09-24
ISBN 10: 0262260379
ISBN 13: 9780262260374
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Zen Brain Reflections Book Review:

A sequel to the popular Zen and the Brain further explores pivotal points of intersection in Zen Buddhism, neuroscience, and consciousness, arriving at a new synthesis of information from both neuroscience research and Zen studies. This sequel to the widely read Zen and the Brain continues James Austin's explorations into the key interrelationships between Zen Buddhism and brain research. In Zen-Brain Reflections, Austin, a clinical neurologist, researcher, and Zen practitioner, examines the evolving psychological processes and brain changes associated with the path of long-range meditative training. Austin draws not only on the latest neuroscience research and new neuroimaging studies but also on Zen literature and his personal experience with alternate states of consciousness. Zen-Brain Reflections takes up where the earlier book left off. It addresses such questions as: how do placebos and acupuncture change the brain? Can neuroimaging studies localize the sites where our notions of self arise? How can the latest brain imaging methods monitor meditators more effectively? How do long years of meditative training plus brief enlightened states produce pivotal transformations in the physiology of the brain? In many chapters testable hypotheses suggest ways to correlate normal brain functions and meditative training with the phenomena of extraordinary states of consciousness. After briefly introducing the topic of Zen and describing recent research into meditation, Austin reviews the latest studies on the amygdala, frontotemporal interactions, and paralimbic extensions of the limbic system. He then explores different states of consciousness, both the early superficial absorptions and the later, major "peak experiences." This discussion begins with the states called kensho and satori and includes a fresh analysis of their several different expressions of "oneness." He points beyond the still more advanced states toward that rare ongoing stage of enlightenment that is manifest as "sage wisdom." Finally, with reference to a delayed "moonlight" phase of kensho, Austin envisions novel links between migraines and metaphors, moonlight and mysticism. The Zen perspective on the self and consciousness is an ancient one. Readers will discover how relevant Zen is to the neurosciences, and how each field can illuminate the other.

The No Nonsense Meditation Book

The No Nonsense Meditation Book
Author: Steven Laureys
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2021-04-15
ISBN 10: 1472980506
ISBN 13: 9781472980502
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The No Nonsense Meditation Book Book Review:

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER 'Steven Laureys' book opens up exciting perspectives.' – Matthieu Ricard, Buddhist monk & translator of the Dalai Lama 'Clear, lively, rigorous and authentic... [The] book we have been waiting for.' - Dr Ilios Kotsou, mindfulness and wellbeing expert 'Not reading this book is self-defeating' - Paul Witteman Rigorously researched and deeply illuminating, world-leading neurologist Dr Steven Laureys works with celebrated meditators to scientifically prove the positive impact meditation has on our brains. Dr Steven Laureys has conducted ground-breaking research into human consciousness for more than 20 years. For this bestselling book, Steven to explores the effect of meditation on the brain. He uses hard science to explain the benefits of a practice that was once thought of as purely spiritual. The result is a highly accessible, scientifically questioning guide to meditation, designed to open the practice to a broader audience. A mix of fascinating science, inspiring anecdote and practical exercises, this accessible book offers scientific evidence that meditation can have a positive impact on all our lives.

Buddha s Brain

Buddha s Brain
Author: Rick Hanson
Publsiher: ReadHowYouWant.com
Total Pages: 348
Release: 2011-07-13
ISBN 10: 1459624157
ISBN 13: 9781459624153
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Buddha s Brain Book Review:

Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, Gandhi, and the Buddha all had brains built essentially like anyone else's, yet they were able to harness their thoughts and shape their patterns of thinking in ways that changed history. With new breakthroughs in modern neuroscience and the wisdom of thousands of years of contemplative practice, it is possible for us to shape our own thoughts in a similar way for greater happiness, love, compassion, and wisdom. Buddha's Brain joins the forces of modern neuroscience with ancient contemplative teachings to show readers how they can work toward greater emotional well-being, healthier relationships, more effective actions, and deepened religious and spiritual understanding. This book will explain how the core elements of both psychological well-being and religious or spiritual life-virtue, mindfulness, and wisdom--are based in the core functions of the brain: regulating, learning, and valuing. Readers will also learn practical ways to apply this information, as the book offers many exercises they can do to tap the unused potential of the brain and rewire it over time for greater peace and well-being.

Beyond the Self

Beyond the Self
Author: Matthieu Ricard,Wolf Singer
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 282
Release: 2018-10-21
ISBN 10: 0262536145
ISBN 13: 9780262536141
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Beyond the Self Book Review:

Converging and diverging views on the mind, the self, consciousness, the unconscious, free will, perception, meditation, and other topics. Buddhism shares with science the task of examining the mind empirically; it has pursued, for two millennia, direct investigation of the mind through penetrating introspection. Neuroscience, on the other hand, relies on third-person knowledge in the form of scientific observation. In this book, Matthieu Ricard, a Buddhist monk trained as a molecular biologist, and Wolf Singer, a distinguished neuroscientist--close friends, continuing an ongoing dialogue--offer their perspectives on the mind, the self, consciousness, the unconscious, free will, epistemology, meditation, and neuroplasticity. Ricard and Singer's wide-ranging conversation stages an enlightening and engaging encounter between Buddhism's wealth of experiential findings and neuroscience's abundance of experimental results. They discuss, among many other things, the difference between rumination and meditation (rumination is the scourge of meditation, but psychotherapy depends on it); the distinction between pure awareness and its contents; the Buddhist idea (or lack of one) of the unconscious and neuroscience's precise criteria for conscious and unconscious processes; and the commonalities between cognitive behavioral therapy and meditation. Their views diverge (Ricard asserts that the third-person approach will never encounter consciousness as a primary experience) and converge (Singer points out that the neuroscientific understanding of perception as reconstruction is very like the Buddhist all-discriminating wisdom) but both keep their vision trained on understanding fundamental aspects of human life.

The Relaxation Response

The Relaxation Response
Author: Herbert Benson, M.D.,Miriam Z. Klipper
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2009-09-22
ISBN 10: 0061966002
ISBN 13: 9780061966002
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Relaxation Response Book Review:

In this time of quarantine and global uncertainty, it can be difficult to deal with the increased stress and anxiety. Using ancient self-care techniques rediscovered by Herbert Benson, M.D., a pioneer in mind/body medicine for health and wellness, you can relieve your stress, anxiety, and depression at home with just ten minutes a day. Herbert Benson, M.D., first wrote about a simple, effective mind/body approach to lowering blood pressure in The Relaxation Response. When Dr. Benson introduced this approach to relieving stress over forty years ago, his book became an instant national bestseller, which has sold over six million copies. Since that time, millions of people have learned the secret—without high-priced lectures or prescription medicines. The Relaxation Response has become the classic reference recommended by most health care professionals and authorities to treat the harmful effects of stress, anxiety, depression, and high blood pressure. Rediscovered by Dr. Benson and his colleagues in the laboratories of Harvard Medical School and its teaching hospitals, this revitalizing, therapeutic tack is now routinely recommended to treat patients suffering from stress and anxiety, including heart conditions, high blood pressure, chronic pain, insomnia, and many other physical and psychological ailments. It requires only minutes to learn, and just ten minutes of practice a day.

Neuroscience of Mind Empowerment

Neuroscience of Mind Empowerment
Author: Anees Akhtar,Nasim Khan
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 120
Release: 2017-01-28
ISBN 10: 1524676993
ISBN 13: 9781524676995
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Neuroscience of Mind Empowerment Book Review:

Train your mind as a social, financial, spiritual problem-solving and illness-dissolving machine. Neuroscience of Mind Empowerment, Epigenetics, Neuroplasticity, Meditation, and Music Therapy, by Anees Akhtar and Dr. Nasim Khan, introduces the frontiers of research in the fields of Neuroscience and Mind Science. Your state of optimistic and pessimistic mind can alter your genetic makeup in response to your thought patterns. Your soft-wired, neuroplastic, brain will grow and it can be enhanced by a positive attitude and higher aims in your life your mind can alter its anatomy and physiology, to establish a healthy and strong body, when you train it according to the guidance described in this book. Further, this book aims to encourage exploration of the research in combatting neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental diseases and conditions such as Parkinsons, Alzheimers, some other dementias, and some neurodevelopmental-spectrum disorders, such as Autism through music therapy, meditation, and mindfulness.

The Cambridge Handbook of Consciousness

The Cambridge Handbook of Consciousness
Author: Philip David Zelazo,Morris Moscovitch,Evan Thompson
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2007-05-14
ISBN 10: 113946406X
ISBN 13: 9781139464062
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cambridge Handbook of Consciousness Book Review:

The Cambridge Handbook of Consciousness is the first of its kind in the field, and its appearance marks a unique time in the history of intellectual inquiry on the topic. After decades during which consciousness was considered beyond the scope of legitimate scientific investigation, consciousness re-emerged as a popular focus of research towards the end of the last century, and it has remained so for nearly 20 years. There are now so many different lines of investigation on consciousness that the time has come when the field may finally benefit from a book that pulls them together and, by juxtaposing them, provides a comprehensive survey of this exciting field. An authoritative desk reference, which will also be suitable as an advanced textbook.

Quick Calm

Quick Calm
Author: Jennifer R. Wolkin
Publsiher: New Harbinger Publications
Total Pages: 184
Release: 2021-04-01
ISBN 10: 1684036100
ISBN 13: 9781684036103
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Quick Calm Book Review:

Calm the chaos and rewire your brain in just five minutes a day! Do you ever feel like your stress levels are off the charts? You aren’t alone. Every day it feels like there’s something new to juggle or a fresh crisis to avert. And just keeping everything in the air requires an exhausting amount of attention and a dizzying amount of responsibilities. The more chaotic life becomes, the more we tend to forget what we truly value—from family and friends to mental and physical health. Fortunately, there are things you can do to stay grounded that won’t eat away at your increasingly precious time. Quick Calm is a practical and fun guidebook designed to fit perfectly into a fast-paced lifestyle. You’ll discover the what, why, and how of developing your own mindfulness practice. You’ll learn all about the essential, life-affirming benefits of this ancient practice, including mindfulness meditation’s positive effects on both mind and body. And, most importantly, you’ll find daily practices you can do in just five minutes a day! So, if you’re ready to discover the gift of mindfulness, but you don’t have the time to attend a meditation retreat, set aside five minutes a day with this handy little guide. You’ll be hard pressed to find a better return on your time investment!

The Science of Meditation

The Science of Meditation
Author: Daniel Goleman,Richard J. Davidson
Publsiher: Viking
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2018-09
ISBN 10: 9780241975695
ISBN 13: 0241975697
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Science of Meditation Book Review:

Drawing on cutting-edge research, friends and Harvard collaborators Daniel Goleman and Richard 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 Meditationexplains 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. 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. 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.

Waking Up

Waking Up
Author: Sam Harris
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2014-09-09
ISBN 10: 1451636032
ISBN 13: 9781451636031
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Waking Up Book Review:

For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’s latest New York Times bestseller is a guide to meditation as a rational practice informed by neuroscience and psychology. From Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of numerous New York Times bestselling books, Waking Up is for the twenty percent of Americans who follow no religion but who suspect that important truths can be found in the experiences of such figures as Jesus, the Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history. Throughout this book, Harris argues that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow, and that how we pay attention to the present moment largely determines the quality of our lives. Waking Up is part memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality. No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way, and no author other than Sam Harris—a scientist, philosopher, and famous skeptic—could write it.

The Psychology of Meditation

The Psychology of Meditation
Author: Michael A. West
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2016-01-28
ISBN 10: 019100278X
ISBN 13: 9780191002786
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Psychology of Meditation Book Review:

In the past 20 years meditation has grown enormously in popularity across the world, practised both by the general public, as well as by an increasing number of psychologists within their daily clinical practice. Meditation is now used to treat a range of disorders, including, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, chronic pain, and addiction. In the past twenty years we have also learned much more about the underlying neural bases for meditation, and why it works. The Psychology of Meditation: Research and Practice explores the practice of meditation and mindfulness and presents accounts of the cognitive and emotional processes elicited during meditation practice. Written by researchers and practitioners with considerable experience in meditation practice and from different religious or philosophical perspectives, he book examines the evidence for the effects of meditation on emotional and physical well-being in therapeutic contexts and in applied settings. The areas covered include addictions, pain management, psychotherapy, physical health, neuroscience, and the application of meditation in school and workplace settings. Uniquely, the contributors also present accounts of their own personal experience of meditation practice including their history of practice, phenomenology, and the impact it has had on their lives. Drawing on evidence from both research and practice, this is a valuable synthesis of the ways in which meditation can profoundly enrich human experience.