This book is about how to use the focus of your mind to harness the power of attention to enhance your life and your relationship with others. Synthesizing ancient insights from traditional Buddhist practices with modern discoveries from the field of neuroscience, the authors Drs. Rick Hanson and Richard Mendius have assembled a practical and thought-provoking guide that walks you step-by-step through awakening your mind. They not only show us the effective ways of developing real happiness in our lives but also explain physiologically how and why it works.
The book has three main parts: The causes of Suffering, Happiness, and Love. In the first three chapters, the authors explain the basic facts of the brain, how it works, the brain neurons and how they interact with the other systems of the body. In the chapters two and three – they explain suffering, what it is, how it happens, how much it can affect you. The chapters four to seven are about happiness, the benefits of positive thinking, learning from past experiences, how to avoid greed and hatred and have strong intentions. The concluding chapters are about compassion, peace, kindness, and mindfulness – how and why to practice them.
The book is quite captivating, easy to read and educational. It skillfully answers the central question of each of our lives – how to be happy? It tries to answer this by presenting the core principles of Buddhism by integrating the primers of how our brain functions.
The book will be helpful to anyone wanting to understand time-tested ways of skillful living backed by up-to-date science. It is a highly-recommended one for those seeking a secular spiritual path, take in all the good information it has to offer and savor it.