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Stress-Proof Your Brain: Meditations to Rewire Neural Pathways for Stress Relief and Unconditional Happiness Audio CD – Audiobook, October 28, 2010


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  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True (October 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159179921X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591799214
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rick Hanson, PhD, is a neuropsychologist and New York Times bestselling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence (in 13 languages), Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom (in 25 languages), Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time (in 13 languages), and Mother Nurture: A Mother's Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and on the advisory board of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he's been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, Dr. Hanson has been featured on the BBC, NPR, CBC, and Fox Business, and in Consumer Reports, U.S. News & World Report, and O, The Oprah Magazine. He also has several audio programs with Sounds True. His weekly e-newsletter, Just One Thing, has over 100,000 subscribers, and also appears on Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other major websites.

For more information, please see his full profile at www.RickHanson.net.

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Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist, a Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and a New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence (in 14 languages), Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom (in 25 languages), Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time (in 14 languages), and Mother Nurture: A Mother's Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he's been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.

An authority on self-directed neuroplasticity, Dr. Hanson's work has been featured on CBS, BBC, NPR, FoxBusiness, Consumer Reports Health, U.S. News and World Report, and O Magazine, and he has several audio programs with Sounds True. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin, and his weekly e-newsletter - Just One Thing - has over 100,000 subscribers and also appears on Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other major websites.

A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, Dr. Hanson has been a trustee of Saybrook University and served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center for nine years. He enjoys rock-climbing and taking a break from emails. He and his wife have two adult children.

For more information, please see his full profile at www.RickHanson.net.

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You can just listen to the voice and relax.
Mike Donovan
He mentions that Buddhist meditation is one of the best studied mental training and one that he has practiced.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By David Bennett VINE VOICE on December 9, 2010
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I have been reading a lot lately about the power of the brain, particularly the ability of the brain to rewire, which is called neuroplasticity. The brain is amazingly powerful, and mindfulness (i.e. a kind of relaxed focus) can cause our brains to rewire in a positive way. The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force is an excellent book on the topic for those who want to know a little more. In other words, look around at those people that go through the same problems the rest of the world does, but who remain happy, calm, and detached. Compare this to the reaction many people have to life's setbacks: anger, stress, and dejection. Hanson argues that stress is not external (caused by stimuli), but really internal (caused by our brain's response to the stimuli).

The first tracks explain Hanson's system. While some presentations on stress are just rehashes of basic material covered in high school health class, Hanson gets into facts about brain wiring, which makes this CD new and interesting. The actual therapeutic tracks are basically a series of anti-stress hypnotic trances combined with positive thinking and visualizations designed to alter your way of thinking (for example to become more detached or purposefully grateful). Hanson provides hypnotic suggestions that help the listener experience joy in the midst of trials, feel cared about, feel gratitude and contentment, among others. The techniques are typical hypnosis and neuro-linguistic programming (can you feel yourself... imagine yourself as a child...feel them in your body...). This is good, because I find hypnosis and neuro-linguistic programming to be quick and effective.
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92 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Colleen M. Schneider VINE VOICE on December 21, 2010
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Frankly, I wish Dr. Hanson, could just follow me to work one day and as I get into melt-down mode he could just talk to me in that soothing voice and snap my brain back into a logical mode again. Short of this, (since he is a PHD, he is probably super busy and doesn't have time), listening to one of the 7 meditations on this cd set (2 cd's running a total time of 2.5 hours). This cd is best used when you are someplace quiet and you can either sit with your eyes closed, or lay on the floor in a comfortable resting position. I used these meditations after my daily exercise and it really calmed my mind and centered me. My plan is to keep this set in my car (not for driving, by the way), and when I start to run a little ragged or find myself not in what I call my "happy place", I can go to my car at lunch and practice one of the meditations.

This is not an easy fix, "oh, just do this, and you will totally be zen" kind of things. It is called a practice because you need to do just that, practice. It is not easy to re-wire your brain and it takes active participation for you to recognize you are getting into a stressful area that you need to actively work.

In this cd, you learn to replace unhealthy reactions to stress with mindfulness of the situation and self compassion (if you are like me, you are much harder on yourself then you ever would be to a friend or family member). You also learn to operate on your own principles, to garner kindness to yourself and to others and to better soothe feelings of anxiety, anger, frustration, etc. by applying his techniques.

Did I feel I was a changed person? Well, I have to say, I felt better, and I felt that oftentimes I could look at a situation in a different light and maybe not cause myself undue stress.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By bert1761 VINE VOICE on January 27, 2011
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I have done A LOT of reading of books related to Buddhist teachings of which a fundamental element is mindfulness, which is learned and reinforced through meditation. Unfortunately, reading about it -- even reading books specifically on the topics -- were not helpful to me in getting started with the actual practice of meditation. Being guided through the process on these CDs -- which, I must note, is not strictly consistent with the "pure" Buddhist teachings -- however, has enabled me to get started. Of course, keeping up the "practice," which it is called for a VERY good reason, is another issue altogether, but Dr. Hanson's voice and demeanor are so calming and reassuring that I will return to these CDs to keep me on course. (And while I find the meditations themselves the most useful aspect of these CDs, I must say that the "informational" portion is itself interesting, albeit not entirely new to me.)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Laura I on August 25, 2011
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If you walked a path through the woods everyday, that path would become a clear and obvious trail, even if it was a bad path to take because it led through thorns, a bee's nest, and past a bear's den. That's sort of like your old, unproductive ways of dealing with stress. They're not helpful, but they're familiar, so you do them all the time. You need to "rewire" your brain to blaze a new path through the woods, a path that's safer. Yes, the first time you try and take the new path, it will be difficult because it's never been walked before, but it would be easier if you had a guide, wouldn't it? That guide is this CD. And of course, if you kept walking that new, safer, better path, pretty soon it would be a well worn path that was easy to walk as well.

Hopefully that analogy was easy to understand. Basically we need to find better ways to deal with our stress, and at first it's going to be very difficult, but with time and practice it will become increasingly easier. In the end it will be like second nature. I have a master's degree in Social Work and more and more of the "3rd Wave Cognitive Behavioral Therapies" as they're called (ie, the newer stuff) are using meditations like this and "mindfulness" as it's called. This particularly CD deals with stress, but there is tons of peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles on everything from using meditations for any number of mental illnesses and even chronic pain relief.

This CD has a nice narrator (sometimes you get one and the guy has an annoying voice, which is really distracting). The meditations are well chosen, and if done regularly can help to rewire your brain so that you find more productive ways to deal with stress.
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