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image Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist, co-founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom

“Hanson and Mendius successfully answer the question: How can you use your mind to strengthen positive brain states and ultimately change your life?

Arguing that our ancestors brains, flooded with adrenaline and cortisol, were wired for survival, the authors reveal how this neurological propensity for high arousal contributes to our present-day chronic illness, depression, and anxiety.

Using Buddhism s eightfold path as a model, they illustrate how meditation and relaxation can change our brain s natural tendencies. Pictures illustrate the brain s functions and practical meditation exercises are found throughout. The authors also discuss the importance of diet and nutritional supplements.

Arguing that our ancestors brains, flooded with adrenaline and cortisol, were wired for survival, the authors reveal how this neurological propensity for high arousal contributes to our present-day chronic illness, depression, and anxiety. Using Buddhism s eightfold path as a model, they illustrate how meditation and relaxation can change our brain s natural tendencies. Pictures illustrate the brain s functions and practical meditation exercises are found throughout. The authors also discuss the importance of diet and nutritional supplements. “

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Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
by: Rick Hanson Ph.D.

“A wonderfully comprehensive book. The authors have made it easy to understand how our minds function and how to make changes so that we can live happier, fuller lives.” —Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness

“Solidly grounded in the latest neuroscientific research, and supported by a deep understanding of contemplative practice, this book is accessible, compelling, and profound—a crystallization of practical wisdom!" –Philip David Zelazo, Ph.D., Nancy M. and John E. Lindahl Professor, Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota

“This is simply the best book I have read on why and how we can shape our brains to be peaceful and happy. This is a book that will literally change your brain and your life.” —Jennifer Louden, author of The Woman’s Comfort Book and The Life Organizer

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image_thumb[1] Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist, author, co-founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. and teacher with a lifelong interest in the intersection of psychology, neurology, and Buddhism.

He is first author of Mother Nurture (Penguin, 2002) and co-author (with Rick Mendius, M.D.) of a book-in-progress titled The Awakening Brain. Dr. Hanson leads a weekly meditation group in San Rafael, California, and teaches at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Spirit Rock, and other organizations.

Rick Mendius, M.D., is a neurologist, author, and teacher who leads a weekly meditation class at San Quentin Prison, and teaches day-longs at Spirit Rock, Sati Center for Buddhist Studies, and other organizations. He has authored numerous articles for the Wise Brain Bulletin, and he has a particular interest in the long-term effects of meditation for aging.

The structure of your brain changes constantly, in a dynamic, unfolding process that you yourself can direct to create the life you want. Drawing on a vast body of research spanning more than 30 years, Meditations to Change Your Brain collects the best meditative and contemplative practices to help anyone increase their capacity for joy, love, and spiritual bliss. Listeners join Dr. Hanson and Dr. Mendius to learn specific practices for making positive changes in their body and mind,plus four guided practices to strengthen their meditative abilities, and four guided meditations to heal and nourish their relationships.

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Meditations to Change Your Brain
by: Rick Hanson

Meditations to Change Your Brain is a breakthrough three-CD program from psychologist Rick Hanson, Ph.D., and neurologist Rick Mendius, M.D.
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image Source: Integral Institute – Scholars

Vipassana Esbjörn-Hargens, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and founder of The Center for Integral Human Being. She is a founding member of Integral Institute and is a pioneer in using the psychograph to support transformative work with clients. She has been a serious meditation practitioner for over 20 years.

Source: The Center for Integral Human Being

Vipassana Esbjörn-Hargens, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist (PSY 20879) in Sebastopol, CA and the founder of The Center for Integral Human Being. Currently in private practice, her clinical work is largely informed by contemporary psychoanalysis and Integral Theory as well as by her longtime spiritual practice. Vipassana spent a decade immersed in the field of death and dying and hospice work, and she has served as adjunct faculty at various graduate schools in the San Francisco, Bay Area.

Vipassana received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Her articles have appeared in the Humanistic Psychologist and Somatics Journal. She is a contributor to the book, Radical Spirit and co-editor for Ken Wilber’s book, The Simple Feeling of Being. She has developed the Integral Psychograph Assessment™.

Vipassana lives in Sebastopol with her husband and their daughter.

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