Neuroscience and Psychology of Meditation in Everyday Life

Searching for the Essence of Mind
Author: Dusana Dorjee
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315461951
Category: Psychology
Page: 196
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Neuroscience and Psychology of Meditation in Everyday Life addresses essential and timely questions about the research and practice of meditation as a path to realization of human potential for health and well-being. Balancing practical content and scientific theory, the book discusses long-term effects of six meditation practices: mindfulness, compassion, visualization-based meditation techniques, dream yoga, insight-based meditation and abiding in the existential ground of experience. Each chapter provides advice on how to embed these techniques into everyday activities, together with considerations about underlying changes in the mind and brain based on latest research evidence. This book is essential reading for professionals applying meditation-based techniques in their work and researchers in the emerging field of contemplative science. The book will also be of value to practitioners of meditation seeking to further their practice and understand associated changes in the mind and brain.

The Psychology of Meditation

Research and Practice
Author: Michael A. West
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199688907
Category: Meditation
Page: 368
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The Psychology of Meditation: Research and Practice explores the practice of meditation and mindfulness and presents accounts of the cognitive and emotional processes elicited during meditation practice. Written by researchers and practitioners with considerable experience in meditation practice and from different religious or philosophical perspectives, he book examines the evidence for the effects of meditation on emotional and physical well-being intherapeutic contexts and in applied settings. The areas covered include addictions, pain management, psychotherapy, physical health, neuroscience and the application of meditation in school and workplacesettings. Uniquely, the contributors also present accounts of their own personal experience of meditation practice including their history of practice, phenomenology, and the impact it has had on their lives.

Cambridge Handbook of Research Approaches to Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility


Author: Patricia H. Werhane,R. Edward Freeman,Sergiy Dmytriyev
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108548679
Category: Business & Economics
Page: N.A
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While there is a large and ever-expanding body of work on the fields of business ethics and corporate social responsibility (CSR), there is a noted absence of a single source on the methodology and research approaches to these fields. In this book, the first of its kind, leading scholars in the fields gather to analyse a range of philosophical and empirical approaches to research in business ethics and CSR. It covers such sections as historical approaches, normative and behavioural methodologies, quantitative, qualitative and experimental perspectives, grounded theory and case methodologies, and finally a section on the role of the researcher in research projects. This book is a valuable and essential read for all researchers in business ethics and CSR, not only for those starting out in the fields, but also for seasoned scholars and academics.

The Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation

How the Body and Mind Work Together to Change Our Behaviour
Author: Yi-Yuan Tang
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319463225
Category: Psychology
Page: 94
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This book presents the latest neuroscience research on mindfulness meditation and provides guidance on how to apply these findings to our work, relationships, health, education and daily lives. Presenting cutting-edge research on the neurological and cognitive changes associated with its practice Tang aims to explain how it reaps positive effects and subsequently, how best to undertake and implement mindfulness practice. Mindfulness neuroscience research integrates theory and methods from eastern contemplative traditions, western psychology and neuroscience, and is based on neuroimaging techniques, physiological measures and behavioural tests. The Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation begins by explaining these foundations and then moves on to themes such as the impact of personality and how mindfulness can shape behaviour change, attention and self-control. Finally, the book discusses common misconceptions about mindfulness and challenges in future research endeavours. Written by an expert in the neuroscience of mindfulness this book will be valuable for scholars, researchers and practitioners in psychotherapy and the health sciences working with mindfulness, as well as those studying and working in the fields of neuroscience and neuropsychology.

Achtsamkeit in digitalen Zeiten

Ein persönlicher Wegweiser für mehr Ruhe in der Beschleunigung
Author: Lilian N. Güntsche
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 3658110902
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 332
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Dieses Buch eröffnet Ihnen einen ganz neuen Blick auf das brand-aktuelle und wichtige Thema Achtsamkeit: Erfolgreich arbeiten und always-on sein und gleichzeitig sorgsam mit sich umgehen – ist das überhaupt möglich? Ja, ist es! Die Autorin, selber achtsamer Workaholic mit kreativen Hobbies und überzeugte Großstädterin, erzählt in diesem Buch ihre persönliche Geschichte, begleitet von inspirierenden Interviews sowie handfesten Werkzeugen, wie Sie effizienter, erfolgreicher, gesünder und glücklicher werden. Ein must-read über Menschlichkeit in der digitalen Welt, ein Plädoyer für Persönlichkeit in der flüchtigen Anonymität und eine bestechende Anleitung für Ruhe in der Beschleunigung. Mit diesem Buch lernen Sie Ihre eigene Stimme im Lärm des Alltags wieder zu hören! Aus dem Inhalt• Warum und wie Achtsamkeit mit leidenschaftlichem Arbeits-Spirit verbunden werden kann (und muss).• Wie Sie in der Beschleunigung entschleunigen.• Wie Sie eine gesunde Balance zwischen virtuellem und realem Leben finden und trotz der Fülle an Informationen fokussierter und zufriedener werden. Ein Sachbuch mit persönlicher Note, das Storytelling mit konkreten Alltagstipps verbindet. Die Autorin adressiert Unternehmen als auch Privatpersonen und greift wichtige Technologie- und Gesellschaftstrends auf, die die Bedeutung eines geschärften Bewusstseins verdeutlichen. Zudem ermöglichen Interviews mit Unternehmern, Entscheidern, Vordenkern und Achtsamkeitsexperten interessante Einblicke, wie Achtsamkeit im Alltag gelebt werden kann (Praxisstimmen von Karina Leute, Jonathan MacDonald, Inmaculada Martinez, Stefanie Palomino, Heike Scholz, Gabriela Seir, Humberto Schwab, Anja Nothelfer und Rudy de Waele). Über die AutorinLilian Güntsche, CEO & Founder von Güntsche Concepts und The Dignified Self ist seit über zehn Jahren im Marketing- und Kommunikationsumfeld der Technologie- und Medienbranche aktiv. Sie unterstützt namhafte Unternehmen in der digitalen Strategieentwicklung, Projektsteuerung und im Marketing. Lilian Güntsche, Dipl.-Medienök. (FH), ist zudem Autorin und Sprecherin zum Thema Achtsamkeit sowie Jurymitglied in verschiedenen Branchengremien zu den Themen Mobile Health und Innovationen. Sie hat eine Leidenschaft für Gesang, Meditation, Yoga und Reisen und lebt in Berlin. Mehr unter www.thedignifiedself.com.

Life in Balance

The Lifeflow Guide to Meditation
Author: Graham Williams
Publisher: Lifeflow Publications
ISBN: 0980456215
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Page: 266
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LIFE IN BALANCE A handbook of meditation An easy-to-follow, practical guide to meditation and mindfulness that provides everything you need to know about meditation practice from the very beginning to the advanced stages. Part One explains how to meditate to calm yourself quickly and easily, and apply it to every part of your life. Parts Two and Three outline how to develop your practice, the deepening stages, how to use meditation to make decisions, how different meditations suit different people, and the profound psychological insights it can provide. “Graham Williams' authoritative text leaps out with exquisite clarity and elegance – everything you ever wanted to know about the possibilities of meditation experience.” ~ Liana Taylor, Clinical Psychologist, Director, Mindfulness Centre

Handbook of Integrative Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry, and Behavioral Medicine

Perspectives, Practices, and Research
Author: Roland A. Carlstedt, PhD
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780826110954
Category: Psychology
Page: 912
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"This is the long-awaited text on interdisciplinary treatment and assessment of, among other clinical topics, brain-derived behavioral, cognitive, and neurological disorders...." --Niels Birbaumer, PhD University of T ̧bingen, Germany Member of the German Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina "Gone is the unidimensional approach of the expert summarizing a topic from a single vantage point. Instead, the content shifts laterally, embracing not only interdisciplinary expertise, but an integrative way of thinking that transcends each discipline....What makes the Handbook so refreshing is that this cross pollination of ideas and approaches is more than novel theorizing. It offers clinicians a new way forward." --Anthony Feinstein, MD, MPhil, PhD, FRCP University of Toronto To maintain the highest standards, allied health care practitioners must keep pace with evolving trends in diagnostics, interventions, and methodologies. This book supports clinicians by disseminating important perspectives, research, and procedures. It provides an integrative roadmap that fosters interdisciplinary cooperation. Key Features: Presents reviews of research on a broad selection of clinical disorders Includes a wide range of established and emerging diagnostic and intervention approaches Discusses viable evidence-based alternative treatment methods Critiques certain approaches, paradigms, and practices that may need to be revised Includes contributions from renowned psychologists, psychiatrists, and researchers Clinicians, researchers, and students will find this book a valuable source for interdisciplinary practice and research. It facilitates a sorely needed move toward integrative practice in an era in which specialization pervades.

Mind, Brain and the Path to Happiness

A GUIDE TO BUDDHIST MIND TRAINING AND THE NEUROSCIENCE OF MEDITATION
Author: Dusana Dorjee
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113451767X
Category: Religion
Page: 158
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Mind, Brain and the Path to Happiness presents a contemporary account of traditional Buddhist mind training and the pursuit of wellbeing and happiness in the context of the latest research in psychology and the neuroscience of meditation. Following the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of Dzogchen, the book guides the reader through the gradual steps in transformation of the practitioner’s mind and brain on the path to advanced states of balance, genuine happiness and wellbeing. Dusana Dorjee explains how the mind training is grounded in philosophical and experiential exploration of the notions of happiness and human potential, and how it refines attention skills and cultivates emotional balance in training of mindfulness, meta-awareness and development of healthy emotions. The book outlines how the practitioner can explore subtle aspects of conscious experience in order to recognize the nature of the mind and reality. At each of the steps on the path the book provides novel insights into similarities and differences between Buddhist accounts and current psychological and neuroscientific theories and evidence. Throughout the book the author skilfully combines Buddhist psychology and Western scientific research with examples of meditation practices, highlighting the ultimately practical nature of Buddhist mind training. Mind, Brain and the Path to Happiness is an important book for health professionals and educators who teach or apply mindfulness and meditation-based techniques in their work, as well as for researchers and students investigating these techniques both in a clinical context and in the emerging field of contemplative science.

Neuroscience-based Cognitive Therapy

New Methods for Assessment, Treatment, and Self-Regulation
Author: Tullio Scrimali
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 111999375X
Category: Psychology
Page: 230
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A pioneer of CBT explores recent advances in neuroscience, showing how they can be applied in practice to improve the effectiveness of cognitive therapy for clients with a wide range of diagnoses including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders and schizophrenia Utilizes the latest advances in neuroscience to introduce tools that allow clinicians, for the first time, to directly ‘measure' the effectiveness of cognitive therapy interventions Rigorously based in neuroscientific research, yet designed to be readable and jargon-free for a professional market of CBT practitioners Covers theory, assessment, and the treatment of a wide range of specific disorders including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, addictions and schizophrenia Written by a respected pioneer in the field

Mind Wide Open

Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life
Author: Steven Johnson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743241657
Category: Medical
Page: 274
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A tour of cutting-edge brain research reevaluates the essence of human personality, explaining how the brain predicts and processes events, citing the sources of creativity and ideas, and offering insight into neurochemistry.

Presence

How Mindfulness and Meditation Shape Your Brain, Mind, and Life
Author: Paul Verhaeghen
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199395608
Category: Psychology
Page: 248
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Mindfulness and one of the roads to it, meditation, have become increasingly popular as a way to promote health and well-being. Meditation can create mindfulness in daily life, which becomes an ingrained habit if applied consistently-it can boost immune function; lower levels of stress, anxiety, or depression; lift affect; regulate emotion more easily; and make you happier. Presence reviews how meditation calms the body and what goes on inside the brain during meditation-how it impacts control over attention, awareness of the body, and the experience of self. It examines how meditation leaves telltale lasting traces in brain structure, and how it impacts important areas of life such as well-being, stress, and health. In addition, it examines how mindfulness can be useful as therapy, alleviating depression, anxiety, worry, and pain. A final chapter provides advice on how to meditate and practice mindfulness in a scientifically sound way, based on what we know about how meditation works. Over the last decade, research on these beneficial effects has boomed in the cognitive and behavioral psychology and neuroscience literature, and Presence provides an overview of this research that is thorough and accessible for the curious meditator, seasoned or beginner, as well as for students and practitioners of contemplative science and related fields.

Mind in the Balance

Meditation in Science, Buddhism, and Christianity
Author: B. Alan Wallace
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231519702
Category: Religion
Page: 264
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By establishing a dialogue in which the meditative practices of Buddhism and Christianity speak to the theories of modern philosophy and science, B. Alan Wallace reveals the theoretical similarities underlying these disparate disciplines and their unified approach to making sense of the objective world. Wallace begins by exploring the relationship between Christian and Buddhist meditative practices. He outlines a sequence of meditations the reader can undertake, showing that, though Buddhism and Christianity differ in their belief systems, their methods of cognitive inquiry provide similar insight into the nature and origins of consciousness. From this convergence Wallace then connects the approaches of contemporary cognitive science, quantum mechanics, and the philosophy of the mind. He links Buddhist and Christian views to the provocative philosophical theories of Hilary Putnam, Charles Taylor, and Bas van Fraassen, and he seamlessly incorporates the work of such physicists as Anton Zeilinger, John Wheeler, and Stephen Hawking. Combining a concrete analysis of conceptions of consciousness with a guide to cultivating mindfulness and profound contemplative practice, Wallace takes the scientific and intellectual mapping of the mind in exciting new directions.

Mindfulness in Social Psychology


Author: Johan C. Karremans,Esther K. Papies
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1317238834
Category: Psychology
Page: 168
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Scientific interest in mindfulness has expanded in recent years, but it has typically been approached from a clinical perspective. This volume brings recent mindfulness research to classic social psychology topics such as romantic relationships, prejudice, prosocial behavior, achievement, and self-control. Written by renowned scholars in social psychology, it combines a comprehensive research overview with an in-depth analysis of the processes through which mindfulness affects people’s daily life experiences. It provides theoretical and methodological guidance for researchers across disciplines and discusses fundamental processes in mindfulness, including its effect on emotion regulation, executive control, automatic and deliberative processing, and its relationship to self-construal and self-identity. This book will be of particular interest to upper-level students and researchers in social psychology, health psychology, and clinical psychology, as well as social work and psychology professionals.

The Healing Power of Meditation

Leading Experts on Buddhism, Psychology, and Medicine Explore the Health Benefit s of Contemplative Practice
Author: Andy Fraser
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834828936
Category: Religion
Page: 192
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Regular meditation practice has a powerful impact on the mind and body, rewiring the brain and bringing us all kinds of benefits: contentment and well-being, resilience and focus, better mental and physical health, and greater empathy and compassion. This wide-ranging anthology brings together pioneering Tibetan Buddhist teachers, scientific researchers, and health professionals to offer fascinating perspectives on the mind and emotions, new studies, and firsthand accounts of how meditation is being applied to great effect in health and social care today. • Sogyal Rinpoche and Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche on how meditation unlocks the mind’s healing power • Jon Kabat-Zinn on the benefits of mindfulness in mainstream health care • Clifford Saron on the Shamatha Project, the most comprehensive study of the effects of meditation ever conducted • Sara Lazar on what happens to our brain when we meditate • Erika Rosenberg on how meditation helps us relate better to our emotions • Dr. Lucio Bizzini, MD, on how Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is used to treat depression • Ursula Bates on how mindfulness supports terminally ill patients as they approach the end of their lives Plus chapters from other innovators who apply meditation in health care and social work: Dr. Edel Maex, MD; Dr. Cathy Blanc, MD; Rosamund Oliver; and Dr. Frédéric Rosenfeld, MD.

The Psychobiology of Gene Expression

Neuroscience and Neurogenesis in Hypnosis and the Healing Arts
Author: Ernest Lawrence Rossi
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393703436
Category: Medical
Page: 557
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The new understanding of the relationships between gene expression and human experience emerging from the Human Genome Project is setting the stage for a profound expansion of our understanding of life.

The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness


Author: Amanda Ie,Christelle T. Ngnoumen,Ellen J. Langer
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118294912
Category: Psychology
Page: 1248
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The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness brings together the latest multi-disciplinary research on mindfulness from a group of international scholars: Examines the origins and key theories of the two dominant Western approaches to mindfulness Compares, contrasts, and integrates insights from the social psychological and Eastern-derived perspectives Discusses the implications for mindfulness across a range of fields, including consciousness and cognition, education, creativity, leadership and organizational behavior, law, medical practice and therapy, well-being, and sports 2 Volumes

Trade Mindfully

Achieve Your Optimum Trading Performance with Mindfulness and Cutting-Edge Psychology
Author: Gary Dayton
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118991036
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 312
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Overcome psychological obstacles to increase trading success Successful traders need to be well-versed and skilled in a wide range of business and economic areas. But now, in addition to effective trading strategies and sound money management techniques, traders need to possess the know-how to handle the mental and emotional challenges of working in a highly volatile environment. Trade Mindfully is a unique resource that applies cutting-edge psychological techniques to trading skills, allowing readers to improve their mental outlooks and maximize the potential of their trading strategies. This book draws upon recent psychological research in behaviorism to teach new approaches that call for better focus, more confidence, and more positive perspectives and outcomes. One of the key concepts covered in the book is mindfulness, a state of mind traditionally touted in the East for its ability to reduce stress and increase perspective, useful qualities for traders looking to rise above emotional obstacles and the poor results they cause. The author also discusses the importance of High Value Trading Actions (HVAs), specific actions that are under a trader's control. With this guide, trading professionals will be able to form solid strategies based on a combination of these notions and practices, leading to higher levels of trading performance. Applies sound psychological practice and evidence-based research to the trading profession Covers the psychological perspectives and mental skills needed to succeed in today's trading world Focuses on key concepts that lead to deliberate practice, specific trading activities, and increased awareness and focus Designed to help traders deal with the emotional challenges that come with uncertainty and risk Trade Mindfully touches on the most essential concepts for anyone intrigued by what trading psychology has to offer, and delivers the best strategies for achieving the right mental skills for peak performance.

The Chemistry of Joy Workbook

Overcoming Depression Using the Best of Brain Science, Nutrition, and the Psychology of Mindfulness
Author: Henry Emmons
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
ISBN: 1608822265
Category: Self-Help
Page: 216
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Every one of us has the capacity for joy, but many forces in our lives keep us from enjoying this contented and healthy state of being. When our resilience is depleted, we find it difficult to adapt to change, face challenges, and deal with the ups and downs life brings. If your natural resilience has been consumed by stress or depression, you can reclaim it with the resilience-building program in The Chemistry of Joy Workbook. Through the questionnaires, exercises, and practices in this guide, you’ll explore the nine pathways to restoring mood, regaining balance, and rediscovering your capacity for joy. Reclaim your joy by: • Balancing your body with proper nutrition and principles from ayurvedic medicine • Settling your mind with mindfulness practices • Skillfully managing “emotional tsunamis” • Finding the right medications and supplements • Tapping into the wisdom, generosity, and openness that lie within • Building your self-acceptance and connection with others

Waking, Dreaming, Being

Self and Consciousness in Neuroscience, Meditation, and Philosophy
Author: Evan Thompson
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231538316
Category: Religion
Page: 480
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A renowned philosopher of the mind, also known for his groundbreaking work on Buddhism and cognitive science, Evan Thompson combines the latest neuroscience research on sleep, dreaming, and meditation with Indian and Western philosophy of mind, casting new light on the self and its relation to the brain. Thompson shows how the self is a changing process, not a static thing. When we are awake we identify with our body, but if we let our mind wander or daydream, we project a mentally imagined self into the remembered past or anticipated future. As we fall asleep, the impression of being a bounded self distinct from the world dissolves, but the self reappears in the dream state. If we have a lucid dream, we no longer identify only with the self within the dream. Our sense of self now includes our dreaming self, the "I" as dreamer. Finally, as we meditate—either in the waking state or in a lucid dream—we can observe whatever images or thoughts arise and how we tend to identify with them as "me." We can also experience sheer awareness itself, distinct from the changing contents that make up our image of the self. Contemplative traditions say that we can learn to let go of the self, so that when we die we can witness its dissolution with equanimity. Thompson weaves together neuroscience, philosophy, and personal narrative to depict these transformations, adding uncommon depth to life's profound questions. Contemplative experience comes to illuminate scientific findings, and scientific evidence enriches the vast knowledge acquired by contemplatives.