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The Neuroscience of Meditation

The Neuroscience of Meditation Book
Author : Yi-Yuan Tang,Rongxiang Tang
Publisher : Academic Press
Release : 2020-03
ISBN : 9780128182666
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Neuroscience of Meditation explores the individual differences in learning and practicing mediation, and provides insights on how to learn and practice effectively. The book comprehensively covers the research uncovering the 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 the underlying mechanism of how people differ in learning and practicing meditation remains unclear to researchers. This book addresses the research gap and explores the brain science behind meditation Examines the biological mechanisms giving rise to individual differences Incorporates brain imaging and physiological recordings for 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 Book
Author : Yi-Yuan Tang
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2017-08-09
ISBN : 3319463225
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.

The Neuroscience of Meditation

The Neuroscience of Meditation Book
Author : Yi-Yuan Tang,Rongxiang Tang
Publisher : Academic Press
Release : 2020-02-21
ISBN : 0128182679
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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

Neuroscience and Psychology of Meditation in Everyday Life

Neuroscience and Psychology of Meditation in Everyday Life Book
Author : Dusana Dorjee
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2017-07-20
ISBN : 1315461951
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.

Mind Brain and the Path to Happiness

Mind  Brain and the Path to Happiness Book
Author : Dusana Dorjee
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2013-09-11
ISBN : 1134517742
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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

Meditation Book
Author : Anonim
Publisher : Academic Press
Release : 2019-02-15
ISBN : 9780444642271
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Meditation, Volume 244, the latest release in the Progress in Brain Research series, highlights new advances in the field with this new volume presenting interesting chapters on The effect of meditation on attentional processes, State-trait influences of Vipassana meditation practice on P3 EEG dynamics, What could teachers learn from the neuroscience of self-experience?, Training Attention for Conscious Non-REM Sleep: The Yogic Technique of Yoga Nidra and Its Implications for Neuroscience Research, CNV and P3 modulations following sensorimotor training, Analytical meditation: a characterization of a reasoning-based meditation training, Buddhist meditation and the regulation of brain networks, Mindfulness-based Emotional Balance Training in Military Spouse, and more. Provides the authority and expertise of leading contributors from an international board of authors Presents the latest release in the Progress in Brain Research series Updated release includes the latest information on Meditation

The No Nonsense Meditation Book

The No Nonsense Meditation Book Book
Author : Steven Laureys
Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
Release : 2021-04-15
ISBN : 1472980506
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.

Neuroscience of Mind Empowerment

Neuroscience of Mind Empowerment Book
Author : Anees Akhtar,Nasim Khan
Publisher : AuthorHouse
Release : 2017-01-28
ISBN : 1524676993
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.

Conscious Nature

Conscious Nature Book
Author : Josh Lane
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2019-05-06
ISBN : 9781733797108
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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"This book... has the capacity to transform lives, and connect people back to the state of mind that kept us joyful for thousands of generations." -Craig Foster, author of Sea Change: Primal Joy and the Art of Underwater Tracking Nature, the original mindfulness teacher... Amidst the stress and distraction of the Digital Age, it's easy to overlook the fact that our brains are adapted to thrive in close connection with the Earth, our senses keenly attuned to Nature's subtle signals. Meditating outdoors soothes the psyche, nourishes the body, and elevates creativity to new heights. Meditation on Nature's patterns reawakens our deepest instinctive power and brightens our curiosity, as we journey into realizing our interdependence and connection with the larger web of life. Today, it's time for a reboot - and to once again invite the wisdom of the wild into our daily lives. Through entertaining stories and over 36 engaging practices, expert outdoors mentor Josh Lane shares a pathway to exploring your own relationship with Nature for greater well-being and daily inspiration. Drawing upon lessons from his ten-year apprenticeship in the ancient art of wildlife tracking, combined with insights gleaned from the latest research in brain-based learning and neuroscience, Josh demonstrates step-by-step how to develop your own complete practice of outdoor meditation, so that you can experience a richly rewarding personal connection with the world of Nature. Journey with Josh on- and off-trail through the thickets and vistas of the inner and outer landscapes in this fun and highly practical guide to meditating in Nature. Learn & Discover: -How to find a Meditation Spot, your own "outdoor mindfulness studio" -Transformational techniques for harnessing the Five Key Brain States of Awareness for more peace, joy, and well-being -How to read the "secret" language of the animals, while blending in with the rhythms of Nature -Why birdsong is Nature's original mantra: how skillful attunement to Nature's patterns can transform your consciousness, awakening renewed creativity and a deeper sense of grounding -How to unlock the power of questioning and the art of journaling to expand your awareness in Nature -The many health & cognitive benefits you can enjoy from meditating outdoors, and how these practices literally rewire your brain and reprogram your cells for greater wellness -Learn a complete four-part meditation sequence that enlivens the mind, heart and senses -Explore over 36 awareness practices and techniques you can apply around your home or in the deepest wilderness Who This Book is For: You want to learn how to bring mindfulness into your nature experience; learn techniques to ditch stress and enjoy the moment, with more peace and grounding in your life You long to understand Nature's language, and feel more connected with all of your senses awakened Perfect both for seasoned Outdoor Guides & also for new practitioners of nature connection, forest bathing (shinrin yoku) & forest therapy who want a deeper understanding of the beneficial changes arising in the brain and body through sensory awareness, meditation, and connection with the Nature within and around us "...the new gold standard for the how and why of mindfulness. This book will help you achieve balance using simple techniques that are easily integrated into your every day life. Josh offers tangible takeaways for personal nature connection, helping relieve stress and increase health. Backed by science and story, Josh's writings are an easy, informative and fun read. This book is the perfect place to start your journey to true connection and happiness." - Nicole Apelian, Ph.D.

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness Book
Author : Dr Stan Rodski
Publisher : HarperCollins
Release : 2018-12-17
ISBN : 1460708318
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.

Waking Dreaming Being

Waking  Dreaming  Being Book
Author : Evan Thompson
Publisher : Columbia University Press
Release : 2014-11-11
ISBN : 0231137095
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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 the 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 ÒIÓ as dreamer. Finally, as we meditateÑeither in the waking state or in a lucid dreamÑwe can observe whatever images or thoughts arise and how we tend to identify with them as Òme.Ó 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 the dissolution of the self with equanimity. Thompson weaves together neuroscience, philosophy, and personal narrative to depict these transformations, adding uncommon depth to lifeÕs profound questions. Contemplative experience comes to illuminate scientific findings, and scientific evidence enriches the vast knowledge acquired by contemplatives.

The Science of Meditation

The Science of Meditation Book
Author : Daniel Goleman,Richard Davidson
Publisher : Penguin UK
Release : 2017-09-07
ISBN : 0241975700
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.

Siddhartha s Brain

Siddhartha s Brain Book
Author : James Kingsland
Publisher : Hachette UK
Release : 2016-06-02
ISBN : 1472136357
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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 Neuroscience of Yoga and Meditation

The Neuroscience of Yoga and Meditation Book
Author : Brittany Fair
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2022-11-28
ISBN : 9781913426439
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The Neuroscience of Yoga and Meditation is an accessible introduction to how yoga and meditation affect the brain. Each chapter will guide the reader through the latest yoga and meditation research and break down complex topics into easily digestible points. The book also explores the current limitations in studying these practices and offers tools for interpreting scientific literature.The material is also broken up with "fun facts" and "common myths about the brain" to keep the reader engaged. And the book includes mediations and movement routines that yogis can incorporate into their practices in order to activate specific regions of the brain. Importantly, the chapters include ideas and techniques for integrating the science with your mind-body practice.The Neuroscience of Yoga and Meditation is a must-have for any yoga teacher, yoga therapist or yogi who is interested in how their contemplative practice affects the brain.Topics include:Brain anatomy and major features of the brainThe sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systemThe role of the vagus nerveWhere movement comes from in the brainProprioception: understanding our position in spaceThe physiology of the breathThe effect of the breath on moodStress and inflammationPsychological disorders and neurological conditionsTrauma and the brainThe aging brain

Neuroscience of Mind Empowerment Epigenetics Neuroplasticity Meditation and Music Therapy

Neuroscience of Mind Empowerment  Epigenetics  Neuroplasticity  Meditation  and Music Therapy Book
Author : Naseem Akhtar
Publisher : Amazon Digital Services LLC - KDP Print US
Release : 2020-09-12
ISBN : 9789697868988
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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The majestic power of words and ideas in this book fulfil Nikola Tesla's exultant statement: "I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart, like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success". Nikola Tesla."It is the sign of a good book when the book reads you". Søren Kierkegaard.Embrace this book as it is privileged to have a breakthrough in the field of 'Mind Sciences' - an innovation in the self-support industry, winning 'Multiple International Awards' in 2018 - 2019:1.NYC Big Book Award.2.Book Excellence Award.3.Independent Press Award.It presents efficacious messages and energy in its words, innovative thoughts and ideas that have the ability to empower and heal a dysfunctional mind and transform you into a prosperous, healthy, blissful, super-functional being. It also has therapeutic support for minds with neurodegenerative diseases. The strategy of goal setting, applied with strong healing, inspirational and epitomizing effects of Music Therapy and Meditation will reinforce human epigenetics and positively alter human DNA and its gene expression. With optimistic and positive thoughts, you can rebuild your genetics and body according to the determination, goals and aims of your life.Consequently, instead of living a life at the mercy of your predisposed genetic makeup for many illnesses, social and mental misfortunes, as well as negative thoughts, you can live a life of health, wealth, and happiness. Feeding your mind with positive thoughts, attitudes, a humble gratitude of rewarding virtue, encompassed within the energy of healing synchronization of your mind, that has 1000 Terabytes of memory-holding capacity, will make your brain a powerful mind-magnet, attracting an ample amount of positive healing energy to start a healthy chain reaction of new therapeutic chemicals in your body and mind.These will not be like your previous negative reactions that were harming your mind and body's physiology and anatomy. As soon as you start channelling new energy into your body through positive thoughts, emotions and feelings, you will definitely be less prone to predisposed genetic makeup for misery and misfortune.Now, you are tapping new strategies for overcoming your negative behaviour and attitude, which is already affecting your DNA and gene expression and is beginning to suppress many lethal genes that were predisposed to trigger illnesses like Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases, Schizophrenia and numerous Neurodegenerative Diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Huntington's as well as Dyslexia, Autism and Depression.Now, as you are in the process to improve your fate and fortune, you need to follow the rules and disciplines of the 'Neuroscience of Mind Empowerment'. This book, with its Models of Abundance, prepares you to achieve high aims and goals in your life to get a thriving, vigorous, affluent and prosperous life with positive attitude by:1.Art of Creativity and Intuition.2.Goal Setting.3.Epigenetics and Neuroplasticity.4.Meditation and Music Therapy.The effective strategies of this book's model of 'Mind Empowerment', awarded numerous accolades, have been carefully reviewed and justified by many experts in this field. Successful input of this effective software-like model of 'Mind Empowerment' in your 'soft-wired mind' will give you a substantial output and impact in your life in the form of abundance, health, and happiness.Ultimately, you could monitor the positive effects of this neuroplasticity in your mind via MRI scans of your brain in clinical settings. As a virtue of your willpower and positive attitude, you will experience gradual changes in the anatomy and physiology of your mind. Spiritually, psychologically, you will feel integrated with your community, culture and ideology.

Neuroscience of meditation and consciousness

Neuroscience of meditation and consciousness Book
Author : Antonino Raffone,Narayanan Srinivasan
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2010
ISBN : 0987650XXX
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Download Neuroscience of meditation and consciousness book written by Antonino Raffone,Narayanan Srinivasan, available in PDF, EPUB, and Kindle, or read full book online anywhere and anytime. Compatible with any devices.

Hypnosis and meditation

Hypnosis and meditation Book
Author : Amir Raz,Michael Lifshitz
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release : 2016-04-07
ISBN : 0191076910
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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Research over the past decade has helped to demystify hypnosis and meditation, bringing these practices into the scientific and clinical mainstream. Yet, while hypnosis and meditation overlap on many levels, few scientific accounts have explored their complementary rapprochement. Despite cultural and historical differences, hypnosis and meditation share common phenomenology, cognitive processes, and potential therapeutic merits. This book provides a synthesis of knowledge concerning the bridging of hypnosis and meditation. The authors adopt a trans-disciplinary approach considering cultural, historical, and philosophical perspectives to elucidate contemporary questions in cognitive, neurobiological, and clinical science. The book explores the relationship between hypnosis and meditation in five progressive sections: Part 1 investigates historical, cultural, and philosophical issues to contextualize the scientific study of contemplative practices. Part 2 presents a range of views concerning the similarities and differences between hypnosis and meditation. Part 3 explores the psychological and cognitive mechanisms at work. Part 4 integrates recent brain imaging findings to unravel the neural underpinnings. Finally, part 5 examines how juxtaposing hypnosis and meditation can enhance clinical applications. Hypnosis and Meditation is a valuable resource to both specialists as well as interested lay readers, and paves the road to a more unified science of how attention influences states of brain, body, and consciousness.

Meditation Neuroscientific Approaches and Philosophical Implications

Meditation     Neuroscientific Approaches and Philosophical Implications Book
Author : Stefan Schmidt,Harald Walach
Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
Release : 2013-11-19
ISBN : 3319016342
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.

Blissful Brain

Blissful Brain Book
Author : Shanida Nataraja
Publisher : Gaia
Release : 2009-04-15
ISBN : 9781856752916
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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What goes on in the brain when we meditate? Are we biologically programmed to need religious and mystical experiences? Can the benefits of meditation be measured? In The Blissful Brain, Dr. Shanida Nataraja explores the extraordinary research that shows practices such as meditation, tai chi and yoga are not only helpful in reducing stress; they may actually be crucial for good health and optimal brain functioning. From the effects of meditation on blood pressure and depression to the latest insights from brain imaging studies, this book reveals the scientific evidence that proves meditative practices should be at the very heart of our healthcare system.

Buddha s Brain

Buddha s Brain Book
Author : Rick Hanson
Publisher : ReadHowYouWant.com
Release : 2011-07-13
ISBN : 1459624157
Language : En, Es, Fr & De

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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.