The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom
By Rick Hanson, PH.D.
If you change your brain, you can change your life.
Great teachers like the Buddha, Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, and Gandhi were all born with brains built essentially like anyone else’s―and then they changed their brains in ways that changed the world. Science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain, and more and more, we are learning that it’s possible to strengthen positive brain states.
By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of mindfulness practice, you too can use your mind to shape your brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom. Buddha’s Brain draws on the latest research to show how to stimulate your brain for more fulfilling relationships, a deeper spiritual life, and a greater sense of inner confidence and worth. Using guided meditations and mindfulness exercises, you’ll learn how to activate the brain states of calm, joy, and compassion instead of worry, sorrow, and anger. Most importantly, you will foster positive psychological growth that will literally change the way you live in your day-to-day life.
This book presents an unprecedented intersection of psychology, neurology, and contemplative practice, and is filled with practical tools and skills that you can use every day to tap the unused potential of your brain and rewire it over time for greater well-being and peace of mind.
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist and meditation teacher. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, he cofounded the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and edits the Wise Brain Bulletin. He and his wife have two children.
You can transform your life if you choose. You can be healthier, happier, and more content. Ask yourself, do you feel spiritually fulfilled? Are you living at your optimum emotional level? Do you feel energetic, enthusiastic, and happy to face each day? Inner peace and higher awareness is available through many different paths, one of which is self-awareness, a powerful, yet simple method for uniting body, mind, and spirit. Are you truly aware of what you think and feel daily? Have you noticed all the inner chatter repetitively circling through your mind? Self-awareness and being truly conscious of your thoughts, feelings, and actions can shift your reality and lead you to a deeply positive life experience. I truly believe a joyful life is yours for the taking.
But where should you begin? That’s what I’m here to help you decide. A plethora of tools are available to you to help escalate your self-awareness and transform your life, ranging from the use of crystals, gemstones, color, sound, and scent, to your intention (your active thoughts and desires), all of which can be used singularly or in combination. The ancient spiritual tools presented in this book—many of which are derived from Toltec wisdom as well as from the teachings of the Mayans, Incans, and Native Americans—can be used on a daily basis to effect and maintain positive change in one’s life. Whatever tools you choose, what you are doing is working with the energy of life, using these techniques to harness the power of vibration.