The Science of Meditation

How to Change Your Brain, Mind and Body

The Science of Meditation

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.

The Science of Meditation, Yoga, and Prayer

The Science of Meditation, Yoga, and Prayer

The Science of Meditation, Yoga, and Prayer" explores and explains the various, scientific health benefits of yoga and meditation, it merges eastern practices of well-being with western science. Scientific research demonstrates that yoga is a superior form of exercise for overall well-being and combatant of stress. Everyone experiences stress daily, and chronic stress increases oxidative stress in the human body, which is related to many illnesses including heart attacks and strokes. Yoga and meditation are some of the most effective ways to relieve such stress. Scientific research has shown that sometimes prayer can be effective in saving the life of a critically ill patient when all medical options are exhausted. Currently, some scientists attempt to explain healing power of prayer and distant healing which cannot be explained from known theories of medical science by using quantum entanglement theory. Throughout the book Dr. Dasgupta has cited original peer reviewed publications in medical journals to convince readers regarding many health benefits of yoga and meditation as well as potential power of prayer. "This provocative and thought provoking book is an excellent resource for the medical professional or lay person seeking a deeper understanding of spiritual practices from a scientific perspective. "Dr. Mariana Markell, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical Center.

Siddhartha's Brain

The Science of Meditation, Mindfulness and Enlightenment

Siddhartha's Brain

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.

Mindfulness in Positive Psychology

The Science of Meditation and Wellbeing

Mindfulness in Positive Psychology

Mindfulness in Positive Psychology brings together the latest thinking in these two important disciplines. Positive psychology, the science of wellbeing and strengths, is the fastest growing branch of psychology, offering an optimal home for the research and application of mindfulness. As we contemplate mindfulness in the context of positive psychology, meaningful insights are being revealed in relation to our mental and physical health. The book features chapters from leading figures from mindfulness and positive psychology, offering an exciting combination of topics. Mindfulness is explored in relation to flow, meaning, parenthood, performance, sports, obesity, depression, pregnancy, spirituality, happiness, mortality, and many other ground-breaking topics. This is an invitation to rethink about mindfulness in ways that truly expands our understanding of wellbeing. Mindfulness in Positive Psychology will appeal to a readership of students and practitioners, as well as those interested in mindfulness, positive psychology, or other relevant areas such as education, healthcare, clinical psychology, counselling psychology, occupational psychology, and coaching. The book explores cutting edge theories, research, and practical exercises, which will be relevant to all people interested in this area, and particularly those who wish to enhance their wellbeing via mindfulness.

Silent Music

The Science of Meditation

Silent Music

Silent Music breaks down the barriers between science and religion, as well as between religions themselves, in order to extrapolate a comprehensive understanding of the "science of meditation." Johnston explores the concept of meditation from all perspectives in a rich account that runs the gamut from friendship to biofeedback. Understanding all approaches and incorporating them into a united vision, Silent Music reveals as new way of understanding the mystical and our search for wisdom in the modern world. Included is a glossary of terms and an index.

The Art & Science of Meditation

How to Deepen and Personalize Your Practice

The Art & Science of Meditation

Take your meditation practice to the next level with this marvelous book on overcoming challenges, enhancing your spirituality, and integrating meditation techniques into your daily life. The Art & Science of Meditation is your ideal resource for learning about a wide variety of topics, including the origins of meditation, an overview of the scientific research on it, advice for overcoming common obstacles, guidance for choosing meditation teachers and retreats, and more. Lisa Erickson provides practical, in-depth information drawn from both historical sources and contemporary scientific research. Easy to personalize to your own needs, this book helps you truly unite your life and meditation practice.

The Science of Meditation

The Science of Meditation

The Science of Meditation is the definitive resource for learning the true method of meditation as taught and practiced by the ancient mystery schools. So many meditation tutorials and schools in today's world are filled with misconceptions disinformation. The Science of Meditation teaches you what meditation is, how to practically begin using it, and what can be expected by its practice. This work shows the true connection between the psychological and mystical. We must learn to use our consciousness in our daily life and this is what The Science of Meditation teaches. Meditation is not just an activity for peace and relaxation. It is a vital tool used to build the consciousness in man.

Science of Meditation

Science of Meditation

Coming in the wake of his earlier books, Yoga--The Art of Integration and The Nameless Experience which dwelt on the philosophy and psychology of Meditation, this work treats the subject from a purely practical standpoint. The theme of Meditation is discussed in terms of the three main constituents, namely, the Brain, the Habit mechanism and the Mind. The revitalisation, the modification and the transformation of the triad respectively would usher in the wholeness of spiritual life. In passing, the book discusses the way of spontaneous awakening of Kundalini, the biological energy the human body contains, which no longer, the author avers, requires any Hatha Yoga practice or the guidance of an expert. It is sincerely hoped that a practical treatment of the subject of meditation will help man to lead a healthy and creative life amidst his baffling psychological life.

Why Buddhism is True

The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment

Why Buddhism is True

From one of America’s most brilliant writers, a New York Times bestselling journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness. At the heart of Buddhism is a simple claim: The reason we suffer—and the reason we make other people suffer—is that we don’t see the world clearly. At the heart of Buddhist meditative practice is a radical promise: We can learn to see the world, including ourselves, more clearly and so gain a deep and morally valid happiness. In this “sublime” (The New Yorker), pathbreaking book, Robert Wright shows how taking this promise seriously can change your life—how it can loosen the grip of anxiety, regret, and hatred, and how it can deepen your appreciation of beauty and of other people. He also shows why this transformation works, drawing on the latest in neuroscience and psychology, and armed with an acute understanding of human evolution. This book is the culmination of a personal journey that began with Wright’s landmark book on evolutionary psychology, The Moral Animal, and deepened as he immersed himself in meditative practice and conversed with some of the world’s most skilled meditators. The result is a story that is “provocative, informative and...deeply rewarding” (The New York Times Book Review), and as entertaining as it is illuminating. Written with the wit, clarity, and grace for which Wright is famous, Why Buddhism Is True lays the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age and shows how, in a time of technological distraction and social division, we can save ourselves from ourselves, both as individuals and as a species.