The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being

The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being

Have you ever noticed that trying to calm down before a high-stakes event often just produces more agitation? That trying to change troublesome habits can seem difficult or impossible? Or that real fulfillment and well-being can be elusive, despite living a successful life?

A surprising number of such difficulties stem from an inherited propensity of the human brain—our automatic, hardwired tendency to seek pleasure and to anticipate and avoid pain. Modern science demonstrates that this mental hardwiring, traceable to the survival needs of our earliest ancestors, is at the root of many of the psychological and behavioral problems that we face today.

For thousands of years, people have used mindfulness practices—techniques to develop awareness of present experience with acceptance—to deal effectively with a wide range of life challenges. And, a large and fascinating body of scientific research now validates the remarkable benefits of mindfulness practice for psychological as well as physical health.

But how exactly does mindfulness work, in scientific terms? How can understanding the science and practice of mindfulness improve everyday life? And how can the human brain, whose very functioning gives rise to so many of the problems we struggle with, actually provide a solution?

Now, in the 24 fascinating lectures of The Science of Mindfulness, Professor Ronald D. Siegel, a clinical psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, reveals the science behind mindfulness in compelling detail and demonstrates its application to an extraordinary range of human problems—psychological, social, and medical. You’ll closely examine the neurobiology involved, leaving you with a clear knowledge of the science underlying ancient practices that are now profoundly influencing the contemporary world. And you’ll learn many practical ways you can use mindfulness techniques in your own life.

Title:The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781598035643
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  • Amy Sturgis

    I was hoping for research findings about how different mindfulness practices affect the brain, and Dr. Ronald D. Siegel delivers this and much more. I greatly appreciated his cutting-edge, well-explai...

  • Laurel

    I'm torn on how to rate this course. I thoroughly enjoyed the majority of the 13 hours of lectures, but still find myself bothered by just one statement in all that material that is making me hesitant...

  • Morgan Blackledge

    This is part of the great courses series. But it could have just as easily been a part of the really fuckin incredibly good as fuck courses series if there were in fact such a thing. Professor Ronald ...

  • Jeff Yoak

    I'm a bit piqued by this being titled as it is. The "Science" aspect seems mostly to center around the lecturer mentioning a few parts of the brain by name, at least from the quarter or so of the cour...

  • Gary  Beauregard Bottomley

    Buddhism was explained better in this lecture than I’ve ever seen elsewhere. Modern Psychology has immense value and all the old Freudian or Jungian or Skinner paradigms have been discarded and the ...

  • Teo 2050

    ~6h @ 2x (+ meditation tracks). This was a really well-made course centered on mindfulness. It combines a scientific evolutionary worldview with studies from (clinical; positive; cognitive; ...) psyc...

  • Beverly Temporal

    I first listened to one of the lectures in channels on the audible app. I enjoyed it so much, I searched for the book. I've always seen a lot of treatment options as hit or miss as each person or clie...

  • wirrow wirrow

    best material i've experienced on mindfulness therapy/meditation. it goes through the science of what it does to various parts of our brains, as well as a lot of other stuff. the actual techniques are...

  • Ali Al Zadjali

    "Let Go or Be Dragged" a very through and comprehensive introduction to mindfulness, the course strikes a right balance between giving a historical background of mindful practices, the science behind...

  • Adam

    Another great book! ...