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Siddhartha's Brain free pdf Can meditation really reconfigure our brains to make us sharper, smarter, healthier, happier? In SIDDHARTHA'S BRAIN, James Kingsland reveals that a complete scientific theory of how meditation and mindfulness work is now within our grasp and is the key to unlock a range of afflictions of the human body and mind. Some 25 centuries ago, Siddhartha Gautama, the man who would become known as the Buddha, developed a programme for improving mental wellbeing that has been passed down to us in scripture and through hundreds of generations of monks. One core practice is known as 'mindfulness', which means living non-judgmentally in the present moment. Over the past few years there has been a surge of popular interest in the secular form of mindfulness. Psychologists and therapists have published studies suggesting that this deceptively simple technique can not only help treat pain, stress, anxiety, depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, drug addiction and eating disorders, but also improve everyday concentration and performance. There have even been hints that it could enhance immune function, slow the ageing process and keep dementia at bay. Research has also shown that thousands of hours of meditation by Buddhist monks over many years brings about dramatic changes in the structure and functioning of their brains, deactivating areas involved in mind-wandering and strengthening those responsible for self-monitoring and cognitive control. Just eight weeks of mindfulness training leads to subtle changes in the brains of beginners, increasing grey matter concentration in regions involved in learning, memory and the regulation of emotions. Far from being a New Age fad, meditation is proving to be a panacea for many of the psychiatric disorders associated with the stresses of our technology-driven modern world. It may even provide a fix for an evolutionary flaw in the human psyche that underlies our vulnerability to mental illness: a flaw that was the inevitable consequence of our ancestors' evolution into socially aware, talking apes. Taking us on a journey back to the time of the Buddha and examining the changes in his brain during his path to enlightenment, SIDDHARTHA'S BRAIN is the first book to present this novel perspective, not only explaining how meditation and mindfulness work but also proposing why they are so useful for achieving psychological stability and lasting happiness.

About James Kingsland

JAMES KINGSLAND is a science and medical journalist with 25 years' experience working for publications including New Scientist, Nature and most recently the Guardian, where he was a commissioning editor and contributor for its Notes

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Author : James Kingsland
Publisher : Robinson
Data Published : 02 June 2016
ISBN : 1472136365
EAN : 9781472136367
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 304 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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