I want to let you know about an important new book, by a longtime close friend. It’s about effective, research-proven ways to light up the circuits in your brain that will bring you more joy, more fulfilling relationships, and more inner peace.
It’s called Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love,and Wisdom. It’s written by Rick Hanson, Ph.D.—a neuropsychologist and meditation teacher. (Go to www.rickhanson.net/writings/buddhas-brain for more information. You can order it from Amazon here.)
Rick ably unpacks key, un-obvious implications of brain research to help us more skillfully surf the waves of moment-to-moment mental experience. This beautifully written, easy-to-read book gracefully conveys a series of epiphanies that can enable us to achieve self-compassion, balance and happiness.
Combining the latest neuroscience with the deep Buddhist understanding of the mind, it shows you how to change your own brain for well-being, personal growth, and spiritual practice.
It has a Foreword from Daniel Siegel, M.D. and a Preface from Jack Kornfield, Ph.D. Major topics include how to feel less rattled by turbulent times, take in good experiences to overcome the negativity bias of the brain, energize empathy and love, improve mindfulness, and feel more at one with all things. As Rick writes in it, “If you can change your brain, you can change your life.”
I also want to let you know about Intimate Meanderings: Conversations Close to Our Hearts by Morgan Zo-Callahan “and friends.” It’s actually something of a potpourri of spiritual reflections on life from a variety of Christian, Eastern and even Muslim perspectives. It’s available on its own website or through Amazon.
Between 1973-1979, Morgan Callahan and I shared a remarkable adventure as fellow devotees of Adi Da Samraj (then known as Bubba Free John). He writes about this period in one chapter (The Path of No-Seeking) in his book, Intimate Meanderings, just published this year.
Morgan has spent the last 30 years endeavoring to live the essence of the Catholic faith in which he was raised. (He is a former Jesuit, who has, in those three decades, among other things, devoted himself to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.)
Taking to heart St. Ignatius’ famous dictum, that love is best expressed in deeds and not words, Morgan’s life has been dedicated to social service and education. Trained by Saul Alinsky and Cesar Chavez, he has worked as a teacher, community organizer, and hospice worker in Mexico and in (some of the toughest neighborhoods of) Los Angeles (where he was knifed nearly to death, a story that provokes a meditation on virtue in the chapter titled “We Inter-Are“).