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Rewire Your Brain For Love: Creating Vibrant Relationships Using the Science of Mindfulness Hardcover – February 1, 2012
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"Rewire Your Brain for Love synthesizes complex neurophysiological information about the brain's role in relationships in reader-friendly ways, and combines this with really practical, effective tools for beefing up the capacity for attachment."
-- Belleruth Naparstek, LISW, creator of the Health Journeys guided imagery series
"Dr. Lucas shows readers how to use the power of neuroplasticity to build up the "circuits" of resilience, empathy, and assertiveness for relationships. Warm, funny, and so very helpful; like having a best friend who is both savvy about the brain and a world-class therapist."
-- Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha's Brain
"Honest, warmhearted, and funny. Lucas explains neuroscience in plain English, so all of us can understand. She brings great clarity to the sometimes murky waters of romantic relationships and gives us a wonderful introduction to mindfulness meditation and its benefits."
-- Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness
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On the way to finding and creating vibrant, successful relationships, too many of us end up tangled in the same old patterns, tripped up by relationship habits that get in our way whether we "know better" or not.
In Rewire Your Brain for Love, neuropsychologist and psychotherapist Marsha Lucas, PhD, helps you untangle those relationship snarls, bringing together the latest neuroscience with a practice consistently heralded by top academic institutions for its effectiveness in changing the brain: the practice of mindfulness meditation.
Dr. Lucas's clear, unintimidating, often laugh-out-loud style invites you to explore how the brain functions in relationships, helping you understand how your current relationship wiring developed and showing you how you can rewire your relationship brain through mindfulness meditation.
A down-to-earth therapist and self-described neuroscience geek, Dr. Lucas has written a chapter-by-chapter guide with compassion, wisdom, and humor. In Rewire Your Brain for Love, she takes you on a journey through seven high-voltage relationship benefits—everything from keeping your fear from running the show to cultivating healthy, balanced empathy—and offers specific mindfulness practices to help bring those benefits into your life.
With a few minutes of practice a day, you can change the way you interact with everyone around you . . . especially those closest to you. You can transform your brain from an enemy to an ally in all matters of the heart, creating more loving communication, building emotional resilience, and reducing over-reactivity--not to mention enjoying better sex.
You don't have to become a monk, or a vegetarian, or spend hours contemplating your navel--you just need to update the relationship wiring of your brain. The simple practice of mindfulness can help get you there, with Dr. Lucas showing you how.
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Dr. Lucas has produced a book that has real possibility for folks who are looking for solid, abiding relationships or for those who are seeking to make their relationships better. I like several things about this book but mostly, that the author has given us practical explanations for why and how we create attachments and foster (or sabotage) relationships. Then she helps us to kindly take responsibility for ourselves by offering specific practices to help us "rewire" our patterned responses.
One of the best things (though there are many) about Dr. Lucas' explanations is that she takes complicated, neurological theory and puts it in down-to-earth, comprehensible english. The audience gets a clear picture, sometimes with diagrams, on why and how we respond to particular situations the way we do. I particularly enjoy her humor.
Dr. Lucas explains that there are seven powerful skills that we must develop if we are to cultivate healthy, balanced, fulfilling relationships. She offers doable, step-by-step practices to help us develop personal awareness of our physical and emotional reactions. Then she gives us practical skills to help us change them, develop empathy, shift our perspective, and become much more flexible in our responses to relationship situations.
"Rewire..." is ground-breaking because no one has explained the neurological processes this clearly and offered us the blueprint to change those processes so effectively.
I read this book in one day and am now going back for a deeper journey. It's readable, funny, poignant and practical. Change yourself. Change your relationships. Change your world!
This book takes you through, one step at a time, how to meditate and what happens in the Brain as a result of meditating. It is at once educational, funny, helpful, insightful and incredibly practical.
I found this book enjoyable as well as instructive and will be recommending it to many of my Psychotherapy patients.
But she does not stop at anatomy and physiology. Middle chapters then weave and shape information into a way to achieve a new level of integration which could potentially lead to lasting health and happiness. If you long to understand your way of being in relationships, marvel or work with families, or just want to learn about different ways to achieve some semblence of balance in life - this book is for you.
Final chapters move outward from the individual level, to ways to be connected but differentiated in even the closest of relationships. Core concepts are solidified by excellent and touching real-life patient, couple and family examples. I am still enjoying the transformation this work has caused in my life . Happy rewiring.