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The Science of Meditation: How to Change Your Brain, Mind and Body Kindle Edition
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A happy synthesis of the authors' remarkable careers, which grew from the intuition they shared as students that there was something deep and transformative about meditation, The Science of Meditation tells the story of what has been discovered since and why it matters critically at this moment on the planet -- Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of 'Full Catastrophe Living' and 'Mindfulness for Beginners'
The definitive book on the science of meditation. Rigorously researched and deeply illuminating, The Science of Meditation is a must-read for anyone interested in the hidden potential of the human mind -- Daniel Gilbert, PhD, author of the New York Times bestseller 'Stumbling on Happiness'
This exquisite duet between a down-to-earth science writer and path-breaking neuroscientist is a tour-de-force, revealing how training the mind can transform the brain and our sense of self, inspiring us to create a greater sense of well-being, meaning, and connection in our world. Bravo! -- Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., author of the ‘New York Times’ best sellers, ‘Mind’ and ‘Brainstorm’
Here is a message that is both powerful and joyful. Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson reveal groundbreaking science showing how mindfulness and compassion practices can help each of us individually and thus the entire planet. One of the most exciting books I have read! -- Chade-Meng Tan, author of the 'New York Times' bestsellers, 'Joy on Demand' and 'Search Inside Yourself'
In this engaging and well-researched book, Goleman and Davidson help us sort out the many claims now being made about the benefits of meditation. Drawing on their own long personal meditative experience and the ever increasing number of scientific studies, The Science of Meditation breaks new ground in illuminating the power of meditation to transform our lives -- Joseph Goldstein, author of 'Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening'
A remarkable collaboration between two brilliant and courageous pioneers, The Science of Meditation shares the scientific basis and practical realities of the remarkable impact meditation has on altering the mind. As I have personally experienced, regular meditation practice brings compassion, calm, and clarity for all of us, from beginners to experienced practitioners -- Bill George, Senior Fellow, Harvard Business School; former Chair & CEO, Medtronic; and author of 'Discover Your True North'
Impressive in its scope and depth, staggering in its implications -- Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD on 'Emotional Intelligence'
Don't miss this smart and lively book by the world's foremost expert on emotion and the brain -- Daniel Gilbert, PhD on 'The Emotional Life of Your Brain'
Goleman uses the emerging science of neuro-sociology to show how priming our brains for meaningful connectivity with others can make the world a better place . . . Fascinating ― Sunday Telegraph on 'Social Intelligence'
Sure to provoke oodles of debate about declining attention spans in the young ― Bookseller on 'Focus' --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B06Y2L858Z
- Publisher : Penguin; 2 edition (7 September 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 1258 KB
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- Print length : 309 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0241975697
- Best Sellers Rank: 111,880 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The paragraph which prompted me to write this somewhat scathing review was one where they cited, again uncritically, a study showing long term meditators had lower respiratory rates than non-meditators... and that the number translated to “more than 2000 extra breaths a day for the nonmeditators- and more than 800,000 breaths over the course of a year. These extra breaths are physiologically taxing, and can extract a health toll as time goes on.” What?! Really?! Not surprisingly there is no citation offered for this statement... what credulous nonsense!
I will read on, but with a heavy heart. There is a need for a digestible critical review of the cumulative science surrounding mental practices, and its relevance or otherwise for health and well-being, but I am afraid this is not it.
Why this book is so important. Because it is one of few rare books, and perhaps one the recently most emerging books which carries scientific validation of meditation, talks science and deepens your trust in meditation and its practises which our sages preached for millenniums and which waste always discarded as junk or bogus. The Science of today has now advanced and matured at least that much enough to carry out some reasonable experimental validations on meditation and spiritualism. Unfortunately, our own very scientists are beign forced to end up justifying gobar and urine of cow, while west is taking up the job which actually we should have done. Thanks to the fractured gvt policies and pathetic state of science and its funding due to idiots running nation who know how to sell name of Raam to garner votes, but have not an inch of respect and vision towards Raam and our rich history.
This book will compell you to believe in meditations and power of spiritualism without an inch of doubt. Lots of cases of scientific tests and proofs have been provided. But its a big trap also. Why?
This book is a shrewed attempt to convert you to buddhism. Mind it, who r the authors? Accomlished pschology and brain scientists and writers with basic training in buddhist schools. They are so much capable that they will transform you and you will not know. I just sum up the things which made me alert of the authors and their intentions while reading this books:
1) Without an inch of doubt meditation has roots much before Buddha. More than 120 meditation styles and they ways have been described in Vigyan Bhairav Trantra. Buddha picked just one of them, meditating on breath. Nowhere authors describe this and portrays as if breathing based mindfulness belonged to Buddha and started from there. While fact is that Buddha just picked one of those hundred ways given by traditional hindu meditation system. I respect Buddha, consider him Hindu who picked his choice of leaf from the booklets of hinduism, and the buddhist way of rejuvenating spiritualism.
2) On Vipassana meditation, SN Goenka who is considered as an authority, made it clear in this book that he does not believe in conversion of religion, and perhaps did not even beleive in such things and his none of trainings should be taken like that. Nowhere you find such attempt made by the authors.
3) In entire book, you will find references to several buddhist monks, but hardly 1 or 2 hindu saints, while meditation was given birth basically by them, and even Buddha stands as their follower. Just snap through the index of the book and you will find the exact values of names and references.
4) The height of thanklessness of the authors crossed the limits when they credit Job Kabath Zin for visualization based practises, whcih is called Yog Nidra, and no where in the book these guys mention the real father of Yognidra...Swami Satyananda Paramhansa. Not a single place him was referred. And not to forget, when the authors were doing their Masters degree, Satyananda was giving training of Yoganidra in Japanese jails for transformation of hardened criminals, with full scientific records and research. Strange is the shamelessness of westerns like these authors who credit Yognidra to a kid like Jon Kabbath Zin and their own programme, and totally ignore the real fathers of these mediation techniques. Such blatant attempt of credits can be made as end of the day these guys r westerners, people full of greed and eying everything as business. Thank our saints who did not bother even for these things. Otherwise in contemprory world a legal case could have been made on these authors and Jon Kabbath Zen for claiming what they call their creation!
So, read this book carefully. A week minded person will always be swept away with wrong credits. truths are there, but fractured. Be careful. Buddha was great, respect him as a teacher, but a fact remains that he was also one of the students of grand hinduism and used its trainings to develop his own path. Yes, off late corruption in hinduism costed all, including torture of buddhism. But that does not mean you start calling that counting started from 50, not from 1 or zero!