Ten Breaths to Happiness

Ten Breaths to Happiness : Touching Life in its Fullness

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Zen teacher Glen Schneider has developed a series of simple practices to help us cultivate happiness and fulfillment in the course of our daily lives. Happiness is far more than a positive feeling that comes and goes, happiness is wired into the physiology of our brains. It is a skill we can all develop through cultivating mindfulness and concentration. In Ten Breaths to Happiness Schneider presents a series of simple practices and guided meditations that allow you to literally rewire your neural pathways to experience deeper and more lasting fulfillment and peace.

Studies in neuroscience show that it takes about thirty seconds to build a new neural-pathway. Schneider takes these findings and combines them with mindfulness practices based on the teachings of Zen teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. For example, he encourages us to take ten conscious breaths whenever we encounter something beautiful or have a meaningful experience. Consistently exercising this simple practice creates an opportunity for the brain to move from its default reaction of protection to one of appreciation and spaciousness.

In ten short chapters, Schneider discusses the nature of happiness and its role in our evolution. He shows how our brains can make us happy or create suffering, and he introduces simple, proven techniques that will shape our brains over time to experience more joy and be more fulfilled in everyday life.

Written for adults new to meditation as well as those with previous meditation experience, Ten Breaths to Happiness is a practical, highly accessible book that not only brings us up-to-date with the latest developments in neuroscience but offers simple exercises that can be done anywhere, any time, to help 'rewire our brains' and maximize our potential.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 113 x 165 x 6mm | 85g
  • Berkeley, United States
  • English
  • Combined volume
  • Combined volume
  • 1937006395
  • 9781937006396
  • 599,642

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"I have found that the deepest fear of many of us is that we will miss this life; that we will go through our days and life will somehow pass us by and we will not have touched this miracle authentically. "Ten Breaths to Happiness" is a wonderful way of deepening our encounter and connection with life; deepening our experience of life." -- from the introduction
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About Glen Schneider

Glen Schneider graduated from Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. As a naturalist/gardener, he has specialized in ecosystem restoration through the planting of local native plants. As a Zen teacher he is the founder of the Buckeye Sangha in Berkeley, California and in 2011 was ordained as a Dharma teacher by Thich Nhat Hanh. Glen was a contributing editor to Thich Nhat Hanh's Reconciliation: Healing the Inner Child, and is currently writing Touching the Earth: A Field Guide to East Bay Natural History. He lives in Berkeley, CA.

Jason DeAntonis is an award-winning sculptor and visual artist. His illustrations have appeared in many books including Making Space by Thich Nhat Hanh and Little Pilgrim by Ko Un, both from Parallax Press. jasondeantonis.com

Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most revered Zen teachers in the world today. In addition to authoring over 100 books and founding the largest Buddhist monastery in Europe, his teachings are responsible for bringing mindfulness to the West. He lives in Hue in Central Vietnam.
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