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Neuroscience and Psychology of Meditation in Everyday Life

Searching for the Essence of Mind

By Dusana Dorjee

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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.

Reviews

Dusana Dorjee masterfully presents a wealth of information from diverse areas—neuroscience, psychology of meditation, contemplative practices, existential wellbeing, and Buddhism—in a flawless narrative that is sure to prove a classic in the field of meditation. Informed by research and practice, the book lays out the essence of six meditation practices, the changes that occur in the brain as a result of short- and long-term formal and informal practices, and how meditation enhances our general wellbeing. One of the great strengths of the book is that it presents this material in a very accessible form that can be used by practitioners and researchers alike.

Nirbhay N. Singh, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Mindfulness, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Health Behavior, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta University, USA

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

Introduction

 

  1. Chapter 1: THE NEW SCIENCE OF MEDITATION
  2. What is the science of meditation missing?

    The mind’s capacity to self-regulate

    Purpose, meaning and modes of existential awareness

    Existential drive, health and well-being

    Towards a long-term perspective of meditation

    Summary: Chapter 1

     

  3. Chapter 2: LONG-TERM MEDITATION PRACTICE
  4. Neural plasticity, body physiology and meditation

    The state and trait effects of meditation

    The quantity and quality of meditation practice

    Formal and informal meditation

    Adverse effects of meditation

    Developing a long-term perspective of meditation

    Summary: Chapter 2

  5. Chapter 3: MINDFULNESS
  6. What is mindfulness?

    How to develop mindfulness?

    Neuroscience of mindfulness

    Mindfulness, self-regulation and existential well-being

    A day of mindfulness practice

    Mindfulness from a long-term practice perspective

    Summary: Chapter 3

  7. Chapter 4: COMPASSION AND RELATED QUALITIES
  8. What is compassion? A Buddhist perspective

    What is compassion? A Western scientific perspective

    Developing compassion and related qualities in the Buddhist context

    Neuroscience of compassion and loving kindness

    Compassion, self-regulation and existential well-being

    A day of compassion practice

    Compassion from a long-term practice perspective

    Summary: Chapter 4

  9. Chapter 5: VISUALIZATION IN MEDITATION PRACTICE
  10. What is visualization-based meditation?

    Developing visualization-based meditation practice in the Buddhist context

    Neuroscience of visualization-based meditation

    Visualization-based meditation, self-regulation and well-being

    A day of visualization-based meditation

    Visualization-based meditation from a long-term practice perspective

    Summary: Chapter 5

  11. Chapter 6: EXISTENTIAL INSIGHT AND DREAM YOGA
  12. What is existential insight? The Western approach

    What is existential insight? The Buddhist approach

    Developing existential insight in daytime and dream yoga practice

    Neuroscience of existential insight and dream yoga practices

    Existential insight, self-regulation and existential well-being

    24 hours of meditation practice

    Existential insight practice from a long-term perspective

    Summary: Chapter 6

  13. Chapter 7: THE STATE OF EXISTENTIAL BALANCE
  14. What is the state of existential balance?

    Developing the state of existential balance

    Neuroscience of the state of existential balance

    The state of existential balance, self-regulation and existential well-being

    The state of existential balance in everyday life

    The state of existential balance from a long-term practice perspective

    Summary: Chapter 7

  15. Chapter 8: THE POTENTIAL OF CONTEMPLATIVE SCIENCE

Contemplative psychology

Contemplative psychotherapy

Contemplative neuroscience

Contemplative science in health care

Developmental contemplative science

Contemplative science and society

Challenges facing contemplative science

Conclusion

Summary: Chapter 8

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author

Dusana Dorjee, PhD, is a cognitive neuroscientist in the School of Psychology at Bangor University. Her research investigates how meditation, particularly mindfulness, impacts well-being and modifies the mind and brain. Dusana is also a long-term meditation practitioner and teacher in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of Dzogchen.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY028000
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
REL092000
RELIGION / Buddhism / Zen (see also PHILOSOPHY / Zen)