The Science of Mindfulness: How Changing Your Brain Changes Your Life
To be mindful is to pay attention to whatever arises in the moment. Whether in response to thoughts, feelings, emotions, or bodily sensations, when we are present to our experience in an open and nonjudgmental way, we are practicing mindfulness. With The Science of Mindfulness, you will join five Sounds True authors for an introductory program exploring the ways that science has begun to validate what the world's wisdom traditions have said for centuries: mindfulness practice has the power to transform every facet of our lives.
1. "What Is Mindfulness?" from Mindfulness for Beginners by Jon Kabat-Zinn
The teacher who brought mindfulness meditation into the mainstream of medicine and society describes the many benefits of daily practice.
2. "Mindfulness and the Brain" from The Mindful Brain by Daniel J. Siegel, MD
Dr. Siegel explains the effects of mindfulness practice on our mental health and physiology.
3. "Happiness, Enlightenment, and the Brain" from The Enlightened Brain by Rick Hanson, PhD
We know more about the brain today than ever before. Dr. Hanson discusses how we can use this knowledge to cultivate lasting experiences of happiness and fulfillment.
4. "The Perception of Separation" from Meditation and Psychotherapy by Tara Brach, PhD
Tara Brach explains how the practice of mindfulness can help us break through the false sense of separation that so often leads to suffering.
5. "Mindfulness and the Experiencing Self" from The Neuroscience of Change by Kelly McGonigal, PhD
Dr. McGonigal describes a present-centered aspect of the mind confirmed by recent neuroscience research known as "the experiencing self" that can be cultivated through mindfulness practice.