Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time

Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time

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By (author) Rick Hanson

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  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 175mm x 15mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Oakland, CA
  • ISBN 10: 1608820319
  • ISBN 13: 9781608820313
  • Edition statement: Original
  • Sales rank: 7,043

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Presents more than fifty simple practices readers can do each day to wire the brain for increased happiness, positive thinking, and wisdom. Written by Rick Hanson, author of Buddha's Brain, this pocket-sized book helps readers reap the benefits of meditation through simple five to ten-minute practices they can access anytime, anywhere. Building on the success of Buddha's Brain, each practice is grounded in neuroscience and positive psychology. The book offers information on why the practice is important and how it works, guidance for performing the practice, and additional resources readers can use to delve deeper into that particular type of practice. Some of the practices encourage readers to focus on gratitude for what they have, while others offer guidance for taking refuge and slowing down in stressful times. All of the practices are designed to gradually change the way readers process their emotions and create new neural pathways for greater happiness and fulfillment.

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Rick Hanson, PhD, is a neuropsychologist, founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, and author of Buddha's Brain. His work has been featured on the BBC and NPR, and he has been invited to present at Oxford, University of California Berkeley, Stanford University, and other universities.

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By K 01 Dec 2011 4

I was very excited to be given the opportunity to read Just One Thing before it's publication date, given that it sounded like exactly the type of book that motivates, inspires and uplifts me. As the year draws to a close, I feel that have been needing all three!

Separated into more than fifty small, easily digestible entries, this book links Science with Buddhism to present some fantastically useful types on mindfulness, morality and overcoming challenges in life. While a few entries (understandably) did not speak to me, most of them had me nodding my head in agreement and really thinking about how I could integrate the suggestions into my own life. In particular, I love the entries on relaxation, as I really do think this is the modern ailment of our tired, overly stimulated and stressed society. After reading them a first time, entries like 'Relax' and 'Have Compassion for Yourself' had me revisiting to remind myself of the important message. I loved how Hanson gave his readers permission to take a moment, without being overly saccharine or encouraging his audience to be victims of their own circumstances.

I also felt that Hanson worked to build a relationship with his audience, and his light, engaged tone really worked for me. I do find that some self-help books can be patronising, but Hanson strikes a fine balance between expert and engaged onlooker. I also think the inclusion of personal anecdotes work to humanise the author, emphasising that mindfulness is a journey (and sometimes a struggle) for even the most enlightened. The idea of integrating one suggestion per week makes this process of change manageable and approachable. I must admit, however, I would have liked a little more of a Buddhist focus in this text. Yet this was just a personal quibble, and I see how it could be seen as much more approachable and engaging without dense Buddhist passages.

Certainly, I feel this book has moved me one step closer to gaining that peaceful 'Buddha Brain' I have been attempting to cultivate. I enjoyed it so much that I went out to purchase Hanson's earlier work, 'Buddha's Brain'. I also look forward to purchasing this wonderful book for future reference.

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"Rick Hanson has done the work for us, distilling decades of self-inquiry and key psychological research into fifty-two essential skills for healthy, happy living. This deceptively simple book is a trustworthy guide to living our lives more deeply and fully. Read, practice, and your brain will surely return the favor." --Christopher K. Germer, PhD, clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School and author of "The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion "

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You've heard the expression, "It's the little things that count." Research has shown that little daily practices can change the way your brain works, too. This book offers simple brain-training practices you can do every day to protect against stress, lift your mood, and find greater emotional resilience. "Just One Thing" is a treasure chest of over fifty practices created specifically to deepen your sense of well-being and unconditional happiness.Just one practice each day can help you: Be good to yourselfEnjoy life as it isBuild on your strengthsBe more effective at home and workMake peace with your emotions