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Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body Audiobook

Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body

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Publisher's Summary

Two New York Times best-selling authors unveil new research showing what meditation can really do for the brain. In the last 20 years, meditation and mindfulness have gone from being kind of cool to becoming an omnipresent Band-Aid for fixing everything from your weight to your relationship to your achievement level. Unveiling here the kind of cutting-edge research that has made them giants in their fields, Daniel Goleman and Richard J Davidson show us the truth about what meditation can really do for us, as well as exactly how to get the most out of it. Sweeping away common misconceptions and neuromythology to open listeners' eyes to the ways data has been distorted to sell mind-training methods, the authors demonstrate that beyond the pleasant states mental exercises can produce, the real payoffs are the lasting personality traits that can result. But short daily doses will not get us to the highest level of lasting positive change - even if we continue for years - without specific additions. More than sheer hours, we need smart practice, including crucial ingredients such as targeted feedback from a master teacher and a more spacious, less attached view of the self, all of which are missing in widespread versions of mind training. The authors also reveal the latest data from Davidson's own lab that point to a new methodology for developing a broader array of mind-training methods with larger implications for how we can derive the greatest benefits from the practice. Exciting, compelling, and grounded in new research, this is one of those rare books that has the power to change us at the deepest level.

©2017 Penguin Group (USA) LLC (P)2017 More Than Sound, LLC

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    "Not for me, unfortunately."

    Having read previous books by Daniel Goleman I was excited about this one. Unfortunately I struggled to finish it as I thought he was going on and on about things and not getting anywhere. Perhaps it's one to be listened to whilst resting rather than running errands, exercising etc.
    Narrator is excellent though. Sometimes it felt like he was an acquaintance just having a chat.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Esther 08/10/2017
    Esther 08/10/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Top read if you are into meditation"

    Well worth the listen. Excellent book, masterfully read. The overview of the science behind meditation makes a very compelling case.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • Bryce
    27/01/18
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    "Fascinating"

    Some of the most interesting research and anecdotes in the field of neuroscience today. Great book for the science minded meditator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Luanna Vieira Leite
    11/01/18
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    "Important information for meditation seekers"

    Good to know the proven benefits of meditation. I had a little difficulty in understanding the narrator before I started listening to the audio on a lower speed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • E. A. Jacques
    Michigan USA
    14/12/17
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    "Couldn't Make it Past the Two Hour Mark"

    I have a standing rule that I will listen to any audio book I purchase until the end, no matter what. I have a few that are still queued up that I intent to finish at some point so I am true to myself. This one has been relegated to that queue. Over two hours into the book and so far, no substance what so ever. I do not see what people are getting from this book.

    I practice meditation daily and am working to making living mindfully a way of life. I have purchased countless books on the subjects. Some of the top rated and some not so high up the list and every one has been far better than this book.

    I had a hard time figuring out where the authors were going with this book. Just babbling about who traveled where and did what, some vague references to studies that were completed, and just plain dribble for two hours. I started skipping chapters to see if it was going to actually get-on-with-it. Nope. Same old stuff.

    And to make matters worse, the narrator speaks like he is reading a kids book to a bunch of first graders. Not that it could have saved this book, but spend the money and get a professional narrator next time.

    I would have given it one star in every category, but since I did not finish the book, I gave it two stars for story.

    There are sooooo many better books out there on meditation and mindfulness. Do yourself a favor don't make this your first one on the topic and skip it if, like me, you have been studying for some time. Not worth the credit. I wish I could get a refund

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    08/02/18
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    "Under developed "

    Was hoping for some more take away from this book. It started out with big promise but left me wanting more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sean C. Cahill
    Imperial Beach, CA United States
    22/01/18
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    "Incredibly Grateful"

    These men are true pioneers of humanity, not to mention consciousness. The future will see their research as one of the foundations of a better humanity. Well read, easy to listen to and perfectly accessible to novice and master alike. Bravo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dimitrios
    19/01/18
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    "Excellent book"

    A scientific approach to meditation, mindfulness and their connection to EI and empathy. Exceptional perspective and explanation of the experiments discussed in the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alejandro
    06/01/18
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    "Much Ado about nothing. "

    Santa Claus type of narration to present sth that could have been just a magazine article.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brodey Loftin
    08/12/17
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    "great science"

    Good book, I like the stories at times I feel the science got a little boring but I hung in there. over all a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elan Sun Star
    Hawaii
    19/10/17
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    "An excellent sequel..well worth the listen"

    I appreciate all of Daniel Goleman's work
    and he tells a lot of background stories which enrich the material immensely
    I highly recommend this one

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Capt_K
    South Riding, VA, United States
    27/09/17
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    "Validation of contemplative science by imperial science"

    Excellent book! Need another go at it, this time with a pen and notepad. That’s how valuable I think this book is. I’m hoping to start a discussion group to go over it with other fellow contemplatives.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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