The Blissful Brain: Neuroscience and Proof of the Power of Meditation by Shanida Nataraja
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Meditators do not really look for proof that meditation is actually good for them. Practice makes that very apparent, really.
And yet, it is undeniable that the working of the brain is fascinating. This book does an excellent job of explaining what meditation does to our brain. It covers active and passive types and how various regions of the brain respond. As the author notes though - there are various ways people meditate and individual responses and results vary. Hence, the explanations given are somewhat generic - though they do fall into certain broad patterns.
While our knowledge of the brain is improving, it is still far from adequate. The observations in the book are hence somewhat early and limited.
Overall, however, this book is a great read and provides a scientific basis for the benefits of meditation.
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