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Stress-Proof Your Brain: Meditations to Rewire Neural Pathways for Stress Relief and Unconditional Happiness Audio CD – Audiobook, CD
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About the Author
An authority on self-directed neuroplasticity, Dr. Hanson's work has been featured on CBS, BBC, NPR, CBC, 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, his weekly e-newsletter - Just One Thing - has over 100,000 subscribers, and his yearlong program on positive neuroplasticity - the Foundations of Well-Being - is now available as an eCourse. 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.
For more information, please see his full profile at www.RickHanson.net.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The guys voice bothers me so I can't fully appreciate the mediation. Which, by the way, is good. Not good for me but may be really good for other people.Published 2 months ago by Patricia L Jones
Very clear explanations and inspiring, science backed meditations that are interesting to do. Like any practice - it takes practice! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Martha R. Zimiles
Great cd. He has a soothing voice. I found tape 1 to be informative and essential in understanding why stress happensPublished 9 months ago by Dackles
I would never have wasted time on this if I had known that the author makes his opinion (that humans are evolved from "organisms") sound as if it is fact! Read morePublished on March 9, 2014 by reaper wife