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Altered Traits
Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body | Daniel Goleman, Richard Davidson
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Two New York Timesbestselling authors unveil new research showing what meditation can really do for the brain. In the last twenty years, meditation and mindfulness have gone from being kind of cool to becoming an omnipresent Band-Aid for fixing everything from your weight to your relationship to your achievement level. Unveiling here the kind of cutting-edge research that has made them giants in their fields, Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson show us the truth about what meditation can really do for us, as well as exactly how to get the most out of it. Sweeping away common misconceptions and neuromythology to open readers eyes to the ways data has been distorted to sell mind-training methods, the authors demonstrate that beyond the pleasant states mental exercises can produce, the real payoffs are the lasting personality traits that can result. But short daily doses will not get us to the highest level of lasting positive changeeven if we continue for yearswithout specific additions. More than sheer hours, we need smart practice, including crucial ingredients such as targeted feedback from a master teacher and a more spacious, less attached view of the self, all of which are missing in widespread versions of mind training. The authors also reveal the latest data from Davidsons own lab that point to a new methodology for developing a broader array of mind-training methods with larger implications for how we can derive the greatest benefits from the practice. Exciting, compelling, and grounded in new research, this is one of those rare books that has the power to change us at the deepest level.
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BulkingBookie
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Altered traits is a thorough investigation on the current science of meditation. Goleman ("Emotional Intelligence") and Davidson, two lifelong friends, share stories of studying brains, enlightened hermits, and their own peace of mind. They present facts and dispell hype. Being accurate means more exposition, and entertainment comes the autobiographic bits. It's not a self-help book, but a compelling meditative one.

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Well-ReadNeck
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I‘ve been reading a lot of meditation and/or yoga books lately. This one is a mixed bag. + does a good job of being a review of scientific research on meditation in one place and addresses two ideas that I think are interesting: do different types of meditation affect the brain differently and what benefits are received my beginning, intermediate and expert meditators. On the other hand, the writing style has a lot of author centered narrative ...

Well-ReadNeck ... that I found unnecessary and off-putting. And, the info in this book is found many other places in bits and pieces and often presented in a more readable format. 2y
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