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Meditate On This

What do artists Hugh Jackman, Emma Watson, and Russell Brand have in common with business gurus Bill Gates, Arianna Huffington and Oprah Winfrey. What do they all share with sportspeople Novak Djokovic, Kobe Bryant, and the whole AC Milan soccer team?

The title of this book is a bit of a clue if you’re struggling.

There is lots of anecdotal evidence of the benefits of meditation. But what does it really do? This book aims to answer this question by looking at the science.

We’ve reviewed over a thousand different studies, and trawled through hundreds of journals to find the answers. The science is unequivocal.

An effective meditation practice has a significant effect on happiness, health, performance and relationships. The range of benefits extends from the level of our very own genes, right through to the relationships we have with others and our environment. Plus, the benefits of meditation begin to take root in the brain and body after just a few minutes of practice, and build with consistent practice over time.

The rate at which modern research is revealing scientific evidence on the benefits of meditation benefits is increasing rapidly. Around 40 scientific papers are published each month with include meditation and the sidekick mindfulness as key variables under investigation. This book lays out the proven impact of an effective meditation practice, in terms everyone can understand and appreciate.

MEDITATE ON THIS - The Science of Mindfulness
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There have been a growing number of books written on mindfulness meditation over the last few years, a number of which grace my bookcase at home. What new insights would this book offer that the others hadn’t already covered I wondered?

What I liked about ‘Meditate On This’ was how the three co-authors present a compelling and eminently readable case for how mindfulness meditation changes the brain and facilitates positive change in the areas of happiness, health, relationships and performance. The data is skillfully presented ensuring it’s readily understandable for the layperson, while still meaty enough for the academic seeking evidence of the research.

The book is an invitation to explore and implement a mindfulness mediation practice. It seeks to explain the why rather than the how and proffers no judgment on which type or form of meditation is best, leaving that decision open for the reader to decide.

If you’re uncertain whether mindfulness meditation is for you, this book outlines the potential benefits as validated by the science for the multiple facets of our lives; whether you seek to be a more effective learner, to restore greater balance to your life, be more attentive, creative or to live longer and more healthily.

The key message is practice leads to progress, which in the case of meditation is so very true.

I loved this book.
— Jenny Brockis - Specialist in brain health and high performance thinking