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Rewire Your Brain for Love: Creating Vibrant Relationships Using the Science of Mindfulness Paperback – February 4, 2013
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“This is great stuff. The latest, best mindful brain science in a wildly practical form, with wise and clear practices that can radically transform your relationships.”
— Jack Kornfield, PhD, author The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology
— Dan Berkowitz, PsychCentral Book Reviews
— Marci Shimoff, New York Times bestselling author of Happy For No Reason and Love For No Reason
— Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School; author of The Mindfulness Solution
— Christiane Northrup, MD, author of the New York Times bestsellers Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
— Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness
— Priscilla Warner, New York Times bestselling author of Learning to Breathe
— Tara Brach, PhD, bestselling author of Radical Acceptance
— Belleruth Naparstek, LISW, author of Invisible Heroes and creator of the Health Journeys guided imagery series
— Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha’s Brain
— Louis Cozolino, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Pepperdine University; author of The Neuroscience of Human Relationships
— Elisha Goldstein, PhD, author of The Now Effect and co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook
— Allan Warshowsky, MD, FACOG, ABIHM, Director Emeritus of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine
— Shamash Alidina, author of Mindfulness for Dummies and Relaxation for Dummies
— Leonard A. Wisneski, MD, FACP, Professor at George Washington University, Georgetown University, University of Colorado; author of The Scientific Basis of Integrative Medicine
— Ed Halliwell, co-author of The Mindful Manifesto
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Through informative but clear introduction to the relevant cognitive neuroscience involved, Dr. Marsha Lucas illustrates the concept of neuroplasticity, aka. the ability of the brain to rewire itself through experience and focused practice, as related to relationships. Even though the focus of this book is on romantic relationships, I find the information and practice provided to apply to other relationships as well.
Her writing style is fun and informative. She manages to break down difficult concepts into easily understandable chunks of information. I enjoy the meditation practices, some of which I was not familiar with before. Even though I'm already aware of the multitude of benefits meditation offers, I find it intriguing and hopeful to see that its benefits pertain to relationships as well. Along with the anecdotes provided through her own experiences with patients, Dr. Lucas shows that we can literally change the neural connections so that our brain can be rewired for love.
Update November 26, 2013:
I have meditated for 25 minutes everyday almost 3 months. Both my boyfriend and I have noticed I'm less moody and becoming more joyful and relaxed. My response to anger and irritation are also not as reactive as before. I'm slowly getting better at becoming mindful of my anger. Now, when I get can feel the anger rising, I'm more quick to catch it on its path and soothe myself. The progress comes subtly and slowly but it's definitely encouraging to see positive changes.
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.
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!
Top international reviews
This resource is applicable for exploring, developing, maintaining all types of relationships, including the most important self love.
Helpful practice sessions which will assist in developing our meditation practice.
A more scientific, although without trying to make us all Phd students, approach to mindfulness in life. Written by a Phd title holder, therefore tested by a scientist herself techniques to gain a new brain for a healthier life!