Buddha’s Brain: 100 Word Book Review

Buddha’s Brain:  100 Word Book Review
Buddha’s Brain: 100 Word Book Review

Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom  / Rick Hanson

If you are like me, you like to know the “why” and “how” of change occurs.  This book explains neuroplasticity (a.k.a how change occurs in the brain) in layperson’s terms. Hanson’s teaching infuse Buddhist principles and the search of purpose into why, and how, to change the way we think.  His meditations are easy for therapists to teach and for clients to apply.  

I frequently use Hanson’s velcro analogy with my clients to explain why it is so hard to let go of negative thoughts.  It goes like this:  we aren’t to blame when we get bogged down in negative thinking, as our brains attach to negative thoughts like velcro as a way to keep ourselves safe.  We can peel back the velcro, but it involves addressing the underlying unmet safety needs.  

Check it out here:

I am currently reading Hanson’s newest book and will review in a month or so:

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    Posted October 1, 2018 5:58 am

    This is such a great book. It pointed out to me that the brain can be trained in a similar way to which muscles can be trained, and that made a big impression. Just because we’re conditioned to think a certain way doesn’t mean we can’t change it.

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