Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body

  • by Daniel Goleman, Richard Davidson
  • Narrated by Daniel Goleman
  • 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Two New York Times best-selling authors unveil new research showing what meditation can really do for the brain. In the last 20 years, meditation and mindfulness have gone from being kind of cool to becoming an omnipresent Band-Aid for fixing everything from your weight to your relationship to your achievement level. Unveiling here the kind of cutting-edge research that has made them giants in their fields, Daniel Goleman and Richard J Davidson show us the truth about what meditation can really do for us, as well as exactly how to get the most out of it. Sweeping away common misconceptions and neuromythology to open listeners' eyes to the ways data has been distorted to sell mind-training methods, the authors demonstrate that beyond the pleasant states mental exercises can produce, the real payoffs are the lasting personality traits that can result. But short daily doses will not get us to the highest level of lasting positive change - even if we continue for years - without specific additions. More than sheer hours, we need smart practice, including crucial ingredients such as targeted feedback from a master teacher and a more spacious, less attached view of the self, all of which are missing in widespread versions of mind training. The authors also reveal the latest data from Davidson's own lab that point to a new methodology for developing a broader array of mind-training methods with larger implications for how we can derive the greatest benefits from the practice. Exciting, compelling, and grounded in new research, this is one of those rare books that has the power to change us at the deepest level.

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Validation of contemplative science by imperial science

Excellent book! Need another go at it, this time with a pen and notepad. That’s how valuable I think this book is. I’m hoping to start a discussion group to go over it with other fellow contemplatives.
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- Capt_K

Not the best of Goleman

I did not like it a lot like the rest of Goleman.

And pleaseeeeeeee, dont let him be the voice, is boring, not the best voice like a Simon Sinek or other on audible.

Very interesting subject tough
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- Ildefonso Leyva

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-15-2017
  • Publisher: More Than Sound, LLC