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This is one of the best books I've ever read. I had to pass it on, to anyone interested.

Train Your Brain, Engage Your Heart, Transform Your Life: A Course in Attention & Interpretation Therapy,
By Dr. Amit Sood, Mayo Clinic
http://www.amazon.com/Train-Your-Brain-Engage-Heart-Transfor...


Have you ever wondered if there is a way to integrate science and spirituality to nurture a healthier brain, and abiding peace and joy?

Dr. Amit Sood of the May Clinic synthesizes concepts from neurosciences, psychology, philosophy, and spirituality to offer a practical, hands-on approach to cultivate a healthier brain.

By training our attention and refining interpretations, by nurturing gratitude, compassion, acceptance, forgiveness, and higher meaning and purpose, and by developing deeper relationships, better self care, meditation, and prayer, we can cultivate the level of objectivity required to successfully cope with daily obstacles like stress and illness.

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I like this quote I just read this morning:

"When you are physically 'here' but mentally 'there', you have not yet shown up in your life. You are most likely still in your mind."

This is me to a T.


This book is about training your attention to be in the present, not ruminating about past regrets or future fears.

Also about interpreting what happens according to your 'higher principles' and altruistic preferences, rather than prejudices and egocentric preferences.

Suffering = pain +
lack of gratitude + lack of compassion + lack of acceptance + unforgiveness + lack of higher meaning.

As you can probably tell, this book is in the genre of the new 'positive psychology' a lot of which ultimately comes out of Buddhism.


In more scientific terms, it's about increasing activity in the higher, cortical center of your brain, particularly the pre-frontal cortex which is associated with imagination, creativity, peace, impulse control, strategic planning, etc.

So you also learn to stay out of the lower, limbic center which is associated with stress, anxiety, depression, etc.

This is not a New Age type book. It has over 500 citations to scientific journals.
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This is not a New Age type book. It has over 500 citations to scientific journals.

A quick interwebz search reveals that he is *not* new-agey, nor is the man a quack.

He is, however, a little slow on the uptake. As already touched upon, the Lord Buddha ws espousing this particular approach 500 years before the birth of Christ (see the Eightfold Path and the Four Noble Truths).

(3 edits to spell the word 'he' correctly. modest )
 
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Yeah, it appears positive psychology is trying to integrate science and some things from Buddhism.

For example, there are studies showing that meditation may have a lot of mental and physical health benefits, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meditation#Scientific_studies




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Yeah, it appears positive psychology is trying to integrate science and some things from Buddhism.

For example, there are studies showing that meditation may have a lot of mental and physical health benefits, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meditation#Scientific_studies


This is something I've been following with interest for some time now. Anecdotally, meditation (I practice Paranayama at least twice a day) is a great way to relieve stress/ anxieties. That and I find it keeps my ego in check.
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Yeah, it appears positive psychology is trying to integrate science and some things from Buddhism.

For example, there are studies showing that meditation may have a lot of mental and physical health benefits, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meditation#Scientific_studies


This is something I've been following with interest for some time now. Anecdotally, meditation (I practice Paranayama at least twice a day) is a great way to relieve stress/ anxieties. That and I find it keeps my ego in check.

Cool. I just started meditating a few days ago, after being motivated by this book.

I'll check out Paranayama. I've been following some videos at the following link - she comes from the Shambhala angle and apparently has credentials in that:
http://vimeo.com/spiver
http://www.susanpiver.com/

I'm thinking I'll try different methods and see which one I like best
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Curiously, most/ all I learned was from the martial arts (black belt in Shinto Ryo Kendo, and a couple of years practicing Zen Shorin Do)
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Hey, just saw this new article today - in all places, Consumer Reports:

Mind-wandering can ruin your mood
http://news.consumerreports.org/health/2012/01/mind-wanderin...
 
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