10a.us: Buddhas Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom



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Familiar with mindfulness techniues may think that the idea that we can change who we are by changing our brains is silly But after reading this book the idea makes sense I would definitely recommend this book to everyone especially those who have an interest in mindfulness meditation so that they can fully understand why and how these systems are working to better their mood and outlook on life To conclude I give this book a 55 rating Rick Hanson appears to be a well educated neuropsychologist who is good at sharing his ideas in writing that is also clear and easy to understand He did a good job on giving brief explanations on sections of the brain and what we can do to reach that tranuil euilibrium state of mind in order to live happier This is a great book Very accessible Straightforward Inspiring Unites Buddhist secular philosophy with neuroscience in a way that avoids jargon and facilitates many ah ha moments Dovetails deliciously with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy mindfulness and Existentialism I truly loved reading this book It s one I shall pick up again and again and refer to Hanson writes in an engaging style bo This book answers all of the uestions I have asked myself what is happiness Is it an internal or external thing How do we achieve it Where does our mind get in the way of the brainI was already aware of many of the answers because of my study of Buddhism This book however laid it all out brilliantly convincingly and concisely It also verifies them with as much scientific proof as you could ever need Finally it also answers some of the niggling uestions that I think come with being a Westerner introduced to a completely antithecal viewpoint of the world as outlined by the Buddha What about the pleasures we already have Where is the Middle Way exactlyIn short I will always be grateful to this book for potentially voiding the need for me to go study neuroscience and find out the mysteries of the brain for myselfRead this book if you want happiness want to understand how the brain works AND to develop a completely new take on life ranging from our smallest thoughts to our day to day activities to finally the way our societies are shapedAnd if you aren t already start meditating This book was multi purpose It didn t just help me with my career in neuroscience it moved me through a Major Grief hurdle and gave me an upper hand in rediscovering Inner peace I expected some uplifting gems but I m than pleasantly surprised that it helped to also move me through something soooo major An excellent read with an amazingly straight to the point focused but adeuately detailed writing style I love the focus on wholeness and elasticity of the brain through practice It stayed connected to its intent and gave me exactly what I asked for without straying This is one that I ll read again and again It was so good that I ept the one lended to me and bought them a new one I had to have it. Ion 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 lifeThis 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 min.

When performing these relaxation and mindfulness techniues the brain is at rest in a state of tranuility The brain is complex filled with many parts that serve different functions One part of the brain is the pituitary gland which is responsible for producing endorphins triggering stress hormones and storing and releasing oxytocin Oxytocin is the bonding or love hormone that we humans have This hormone is the Statistical Computing in C++ and R key element of our human nature it allows us to form bonds and to feel empathy for one another In relationships oxytocin encourages eye contact and trust The release of oxytocin is one way that the brain can be in a peaceful state therefore causing you to be happy Contrarily the amygdala is a section in the brain that is in charge of responses to emotion fear and other negative stimuli It also helps form implicit memories These memories form primarily from negative experiences due to a defense mechanism that has been used to survive throughout human evolution Negative experiences needed to be recalled so that we would be ready to fight in dangerous times such as being preyed upon This explains why we are uick to react negatively or with hostility This also explains the origin of anxiety and aggression Constant feelings of threat lead to feeling anxious and can lead to aggressiveness in order to fight and protect oneself Without a doubt we need all systems in the brain but depending on our upbringing and our environment naturenurture the way we react to certain situations differs among all humans The happiest state of mind according to Buddha and Hanson the author of this book is a state of euilitry Neuroplasticity is theey factor here Our brains are changeable the number of neurons being fired together cause this mutability Emotions are not a result of certain situations that occur but a result of the way we interpret the situation and react to it Therefore we have the ability to rewire our brains to react to situations mindfully essentially making us happier in the long run I was very pleased with the information the author has provided in this book There are plenty of facts on the brain and its functions and connections made to the spiritual aspect of the mind The author describes the main parts of the brain such as the frontal cortex the diencephalon the hippocampus etc and makes sure to connect them to the ways our body reacts in certain situations It is important to elaborate on the functions of the complex brain There are many self help books that provide tons of information on mindfulness techniues and living with a happy euilibrium but these books provide little to no detail as to how exactly this works Rick Hanson helps readers understand how the brain essentially works as a whole unit and how certain situations impact and alter brain functions therefore altering how we perceive the world our moods reactions impulsiveness etc Someone who has not read the book and is un. H 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 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 compass.

This book clearly outlines how the reader might achieve and maintain optimum brainmind health and well being and describes Human Aspects of Software Engineering key brainmind dynamics which both support and hinder optimumim brainmind functioning eg the inner conflict between the pull towards stability and constancy on the one hand and pull towards growth and change on the other The author supports the material with clear examples throughout and punctuatesey passages and concepts with practical exercises While the book is a useful resource I found the audio version engaging as is enables the reader to relate to the material at a deeper level For instance I found that the audio version helped with applying the insights and practices while travelling eg walking or driving I also found Rick Hanson s Only One Thing a useful companion to Buddha s Brain as it is a purely practical book and de I loved this book The only reason I gave it 4 out of 5 is that there is a substantial amount of complex scientific detail about brain processing Although I have psychology degree and diploma in CBT I will still need to read it a few times to absorb everything I would still highly recommend it though It s fascinating The main author of this book is a neuropsychologist by the name of Rick Hanson Being a brain doctor he is very well educated on how the systems of the brain work together along with making connections to the behaviors that humans engage in This may seem like a typical self help book as it discusses techniues of mindfulness relaxation and tips on overall bettering yourself in order to live a happier and fulfilled life However Hanson goes much further into detail on these ualities He does this by explaining the facts as to how the mindfulness and relaxation techniues work with regards to our physical neurological systems He has written several books similar to Buddha s Brain has won New York s Best Selling Author and offers free positive neuroplasticity programs This book discusses several simple but meaningful techniues one can use to help promote relaxation as well as awareness The author explains the process of these techniues by describing what occurs in the brain while one is performing relaxation exercises He also explains how positive behaviors and actions result from the exercises Beyond that he talks about how certain situations affect our arousal These exercises range from simple breathing techniues to complex mindfulness practices The baseline of our peacefulness is guided by our parasympathetic system which is responsible for producing a balanced state This is our restdigest system There is also the SNS system responsible for the fightflight response Various situations occur in our daily lives that cause us to unleash certain behaviors Our physical state becomes altered due to certain systems being activated such as the PNS and SNS Performing relaxation and meditation techniues helps us reach a balanced our state. If you change your brain you can change your lifeGreat 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 and we are learning that it's possible to strengthen positive brain statesBy combining breakthroughs in neuroscience wit.

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Rick Hanson PhD is a psychologist Senior Fellow of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and New York Times best selling author His books have been published in 29 languages and include Neurodharma Resilient Hardwiring Happiness Buddha’s Brain Just One Thing and Mother Nurture with 900000 copies in English alone His free weekly newsletter has 150000 subscribers and his online programs have scholarships available for those with financial need He’s lectured at NASA Google Oxford and Harvard and taught in meditation centers worldwide An expert on positive neuroplasticity his work has been featured on the BBC CBS NPR and other major media He began meditating in 1974 and is the founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom He loves wilderness and taking a break from emails