Author(s): Daniel Goleman
The western world's flirtation with mind training began decades ago, but has quickened in the last few years. As mindfulness, TM, and other brands of meditation sweep through businesses, schools and clinics, The Science of Meditation brings a startling new perspective to an understanding of our relationship to our brain, our personal traits, and even our genome - showing that smart practice can alter these for the better. Drawing on a one-of-a-kind data pool - brain studies of world-class meditators - Goleman and Davidson sweep away common neuromyths to open reader's eyes to the ways data has been distorted to sell mind training methods. And, they share for the first time remarkable findings that show potential for our cultivation of highly positive, lasting qualities, such as selflessness, equanimity, love and compassion, through meditation. The Science of Meditation shifts the conversation of precisely how and when mind training benefits us, revealing reveal the power of intentional, sustained mental exercise to redesign neural circuitry. Anyone who cares about improving the human condition - or their own - will find much to ponder.
This exquisite duet between a down-to-earth science writer and path-breaking neuroscientist is a tour-de-force, revealing how training the mind can transform the brain and our sense of self, inspiring us to create a greater sense of well-being, meaning, and connection in our world. Bravo! -- Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., author of the 'New York Times' best sellers, 'Mind' and 'Brainstorm' This is a book that really can change your life. Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson not only show the power of meditation, but also the smartest way to practice for the maximum possible benefit. The Science of Meditation is your roadmap to a more mindful, compassionate, fulfilling life - who doesn't want that? -- Arianna Huffington, author of the 'New York Times' best seller 'The Sleep Revolution' Impressive in its scope and depth, staggering in its implications -- Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD on 'Emotional Intelligence' Don't miss this smart and lively book by the world's foremost expert on emotion and the brain -- Daniel Gilbert, PhD on 'The Emotional Life of Your Brain' Goleman uses the emerging science of neuro-sociology to show how priming our brains for meaningful connectivity with others can make the world a better place ... Fascinating Sunday Telegraph on 'Social Intelligence' Sure to provoke oodles of debate about declining attention spans in the young Bookseller on 'Focus'
Richard J. Davidson, PhD, is a renowned neuroscientist based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he directs the Waisman Brain Imaging Lab, the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience and the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds. Daniel Goleman, author of five New York Times bestsellers, is best-known for his paradigm-shifting book Emotional Intelligence, which has sold more than 6 million copies globally. Goleman has worked for decades making scientific findings from accessible. His books have been translated into more than 40 languages.