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Two New York Times best-selling authors unveil new research showing what meditation can really do for the brain. In the last 20 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 J 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 listeners' 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 change - even if we continue for years - without 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 Davidson's 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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An excellent sequel..well worth the listen

I appreciate all of Daniel Goleman's work
and he tells a lot of background stories which enrich the material immensely
I highly recommend this one

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Validation of contemplative science by imperial science

Excellent book! Need another go at it, this time with a pen and notepad. That’s how valuable I think this book is. I’m hoping to start a discussion group to go over it with other fellow contemplatives.

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great science

Good book, I like the stories at times I feel the science got a little boring but I hung in there. over all a good book.

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Not the best of Goleman

I did not like it a lot like the rest of Goleman.

And pleaseeeeeeee, dont let him be the voice, is boring, not the best voice like a Simon Sinek or other on audible.

Very interesting subject tough

2 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • 11-20-17

Not for me, unfortunately.

Having read previous books by Daniel Goleman I was excited about this one. Unfortunately I struggled to finish it as I thought he was going on and on about things and not getting anywhere. Perhaps it's one to be listened to whilst resting rather than running errands, exercising etc.
Narrator is excellent though. Sometimes it felt like he was an acquaintance just having a chat.

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  • Esther
  • 10-08-17

Top read if you are into meditation

Well worth the listen. Excellent book, masterfully read. The overview of the science behind meditation makes a very compelling case.

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