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- Print Length: 309 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; 2 edition (7 September 2017)
- Sold by: Penguin UK
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06Y2L858Z
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- Customer Reviews: 190 customer ratings
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'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
'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 bestsellers Mind and Brainstorm
'Here is a message that is both powerful and joyful . . . 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
'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 . . . it matters critically at this moment on the planet'
Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Full Catastrophe Living and Mindfulness for Beginners
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') --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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The last few chapters were of particular interest.
Anyway, unfortunately, I still haven't been able to work out how to actually read the book on line, from a computer, or
even from a mobile phone. Need time, energy and a sharply focused mind to get anywhere in that sense. Cheers and
all the best, C.
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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.
The book dispels the myth that you just need to meditate and eventually magic will happen and everything will be super, but it still dangles phrases that inspire e.g.
page 159 ......... a delight in sheer being
page 172 ..........it gets easier to handle life's upsets
page 286 ..........content in ourselves as we are.
Reminds of Stephen Batchelor's --re-enchanting the world.
The book leads up to and explores the implication on page 148---We live in a world our minds build rather than actually perceiving the endless detail of what is happening. It discusses consciousness as an integrator.
The discussion of the mind wandering Default Mode Network links it with the generation of the self (in its many guises) and clarifies the experience of 'flow'.
The three main strands of meditation i.e concentration, insight and loving kindness seem to recruit different aspects of brain activity and possible long term modification.
One omission is the description of the size of the statistical relations discussed in most cases. Such information would help the cost benefit to be evaluated.
The main message, unfortunately, is that long term change can occur, but the amount of training necessary is beyond the majority of people. However from a personal point of view, having some amateur meditation experience enables an understanding of the insight strand. Books like this help the understanding of the mechanics of mental activity and reveals the various misapprehensions (e.g. the flexible, transient dynamic nature of the self, the integration of the pain sensation with the impulse to fix it because I'm hurting) and modify or at least question the resulting intention of behaviour accordingly. That's got to be good.
Daniel Goleman Richard J Davidson have every reason to be proud of their life's work making significant contributions to the subject and helping others to understand it.