~ Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha's Brain, Hardwiring Happiness, and Just One Thing
"Michael Taft is a gifted teacher of mindfulness with an impressive track record of helping people get results. As one of my senior facilitators with over 30 years of practice experience, he has a comprehensive understanding of meditative traditions and practices, and is able to translate that into science-friendly, secular language. I recommend him wholeheartedly."
~ Shinzen Young, meditation teacher and author of The Science of Enlightenment
"Michael has a deep understanding of meditation practice and its underpinnings, and manifests the wisdom and compassion that comes from this. He is also a skilled listener which is an important complement to these other critical components."
~ Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness & associate professor in Medicine & Psychiatry at UMass Medical School
"Michael Taft's deep expertise shines through in this engaging and compassionate guide to meditation. The Mindful Geek is aninvaluable resource for beginners or anyone wanting to take theirpractice to the next level."
~ Sandra Aamodt, PhD, author of Welcome to Your Brain and Welcome to Your Child's Brain
"Michael possesses a rare combination of talents. First, he has decades of experience, which allows him to teach from a place of great depth and to directly speak to the many different ways a student can come to practice. Second, he is at the forefront of brain and emotion science and is able to speak about contemplative practices to smart, skeptical students. Finally, he has deep practice experiences in multiple wisdom traditions, which allows his secular viewpoint to be not become untethered from the foundation and heart of how mindfulness has been practiced throughout history. "
~ Bill Duane, Superintendent of Well Being at Google
"I have known Michael Taft for fifteen years and have seen him teach various meditation classes as well as academic classes in the Department of Religion and Asian Studies at Vassar College. Michael is a truly accomplished teacher with a skill set that spans and integrates Asian Buddhist and Hindu tradition with Western Neuroscience and contemporary practices of Mindfulness in corporate as well as personal contexts."
~ Rick Jarow, PhD, Professor of Religion at Vassar College and author of The Ultimate Anti-Career Guide.
From the Author
By treating mindfulness as a scientifically-based, psychological technique, you can learn mindfulness meditation without having to believe in reincarnation, karma, or other mystical ideas. You can maintain a powerful, regular, and deeply effective meditation practice and stay well within the boundaries of science and common sense.
That is because meditation doesn't require you to believe in it to work. Like any good technology, if you use it correctly, it will do the job reliably whether you believe in it or not. And--make no mistake--meditation is a kind of technology; a technology for hacking the human wetware to improve your life. This book is a practical, hands-on, step-by-step manual about how to make the most of that technology for yourself.