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This is a very good book to help you discern the differences among the various types of meditations. The author classifies them in these categories: focus, mindfulness, quiet mind and open heart, depending on what state of mind you want to achieve. The chapter about PTSD for any traumatic disorder :how to cope and heal using a type of yoga nidra, really interesting. It is worth having a look at the autor's website about neuromeditation: something that may be more popular in the near future to enhance the meditation practise and manage mental health problems. See also another book "Practical meditation" by Giovanni Dienstmann. He describes more than 20 meditative practices and their benefits.
This book is exactly what I’ve been looking for. It is easy to read. Written to be understood by the lay-man or general public. Lots of diagrams and explanations. Says things in a way that fosters countless “AHA” moments of insight.
The book describes the 5 different brainwaves, then categorizes meditation practices into 4 major types. Then it matches each meditation practice to their respective brainwaves for your desired result. Makes sense of why not all meditation practices are effective for some people. Some types of meditative practices activate higher/faster brainwaves while other meditative practices engage lower/slower brainwaves. Thus why some practices are good for sleep and relaxation while others invigorate and help with focus and concentration. It all makes sense now!!! ✨💡✨
Not what I was expecting, I was not looking for a technical and clinical trial results textbook, just practical advice. It seems to be geared more towards professional or instructors and not someone just trying to learn which meditation would work best for them and how to get started.
Neuromeditation is a gift of insight for both psychotherapists and neurofeedback therapists. As meditation increases in popularity Neuromeditation offers a window into the neuronal mechanisms underlying the differences between various meditation styles. Insight into these differences help to enhance a therapist’s ability to help a client “align” with a style that will support their individual process.
Prior to become a psychotherapist I taught yoga and meditation. I decided to return to school to better understand the underlying neuroscience behind what I was teaching. My education and research into this area taught me that not all meditations are the same and that it is imperative for a psychotherapist to understand the nuanced differences between them. Since working as a psychotherapist I have encountered several clients who have “tried” meditation in the past and who were left feeling confused and as if they were failures because they couldn’t “quiet their mind”. In my experience, many clients required more foundational training before moving forward with their mindfulness practice. The resources in Tarrant’s Neuromeditation book offer guidance, as well as a framework that will help psychotherapists identify and teach their clients from a scientific basis why and how each meditation style can help them, in a manner that makes it easy to practice and engage with step by step instructions.
Beyond psychotherapy this book will offer neurofeedback therapists a richer framework and additional tools to help structure and broaden their neurofeedback trainings, by both validating various meditative states for clients, while also offering them grounded practices that they can utilize to continue calming the stress response between sessions. The hope is that this validation will inspire and ground clients in mindfulness practices outside of therapy sessions toward the goal of facilitating more powerful self awareness and engagement during neurofeedback. Helping clients develop a feedback loop that promotes growth and self reliance outside of therapy; allowing personal work and therapy work to spiral a client forward in their unique healing process.
In addition, it is important to note that the field of trauma and psychedelic research are revealing an overlap between the functioning of various brain network’s in traumatic states, as well as psychedelic and enlightenment states. States and therapies that align with and were originally rooted in various indigenous and mystical teachings across the globe. Deep states neurofeedback is a future direction outlined in Neuromeditation. It is imperative that therapists working within these populations understand these differences, and consider the nuanced ways these discoveries will offer toward helping clients reframe and understand a clients experience from a neurological perspective. While also helping the therapist gain more intuitive insight into the subtle ”unconscious” patterns underlying a clients cognitive struggles and the potential strengths than can follow post traumatic growth. Moving beyond cognition and into the world of somatic and neuronal aspects of mental health are the future of therapy, and pathways back to the roots of these healing practices that were suppressed and dispelled during the colonization of indigenous territories. Dr. Jeff Tarrant’s book can serve as a grounded resource for anyone seeking to begin working from a brain based perspective, as well as those curious to learn more about neurofeedback and a return of awareness toward our natural healing capacities.
I am a psychologist and it is rare to find works that are as revolutionary as this book is. Dr. Tarrant's integration of mental health issues/diangoses and specific meditation strategies to most help the brain shift how it functions out of those problematic patterns is something completely new. He backs his new approach with research, and EEG brainwave mapping showing changes in how the brain functions as meditation styles are utilized. It makes so much intuitive sense, and yet no one has put meditation/mindfulness styles together with mental health diagnoses in this way before, tailoring the meditation style to the specific diagnosis for the most targeted approach. This is an exciting new area, and I plan on using this immediately with my clients.
Dr Tarrant has done his homework reviewing research on meditation and the effects different kinds of meditation have on the brain. Not all kinds of meditation are helpful for everyone. His personal experience with meditation adds to his expertise. This book helps connect symptom patterns with possible ways to improve mental health via meditation. Dr Tarrant has also has combined these meditations with neurofeedback to help people get constant feedback during meditation if they are moving toward or away from brain wave pattern that match those of experienced meditator patterns doing similar meditations. I recently attended his training as a neurofeedback provider and therapist and found the training engaging. I also am still having after effects from the meditations I experienced while following guidance of Dr. Tarrant and the neurofeedback. He reminds us that it is important to continue the meditations to support the neurofeedback and spiritual growth. This is truly where the science can aid increased well being and spirituality. Mary Zaudtke MA LP BCN
Fascinated by the amount of an easy to understand plethora of information regarding neuroscience, mediation, and mental health. For those interested in deepening their practice of wellness this is a must-read book!
I just started reading the book but have to say I’m very impressed with the depth of the research compilations. Dr. Tarrant has done an amazing job of bringing all the information and research on this topic together in a single book. Definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about the neuropsychology of meditation as well as anyone wanting to enhance their current knowledge and skills s a clinician!
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who happens to be a HS Principal and is working at transforming the school into a trauma informed school in order to help every young person and parent thrive, I found this book to be very informative and helpful. The neuroscience behind it helps me talk about what I have been saying, with a lot more clarity and the science behind it. It helps people take the stigma around meditation and realize that it is not a religious practice, but instead, it is a practice that supports mental wellness. I would recommend this book to therapists, teachers, yoga instructors, and any one trying to support people in the path to mental wellness and wants to provide them with tools that can help them thrive.