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Neuroscience and Psychology of Meditation in Everyday Life: Searching for the Essence of Mind



Neuroscience and Psychology of Meditation in Everyday Life: Searching for the Essence of Mind

Author: Dusana Dorjee

Publisher: Routledge

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Publish Date: August 5, 2017

ISBN-10: 9781138691858

Pages: 208

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

This book resulted from my exploration of long-term meditation practice both as a meditator and as a scientist. In over 16 years of my meditation practice I have experienced first-hand, and also witnessed in others’ meditation progression, many of the common challenges practitioners encounter in the process of developing long-term meditation practice. These seem to range from the beginner’s misconceptions about what meditation is and about the overall trajectory of meditation training, to ‘fossilization’ of meditation practice in long-term practitioners who are not able to progress beyond a particular stage. Yet, I have also encountered advanced, highly accomplished practitioners who shared the challenges they experienced in their long-term meditation training. A common topic in their comments was that the challenges made them question fundamental assumptions about their existence, the purpose and meaning of their life, and this process in turn catalyzed their meditation progress.

Alongside this experiential learning, as a meditation researcher I have repeatedly observed over the last decade that despite the recent boom in studies on meditation, most of them apply a short-term perspective of meditation and neglect the role of meditation in the development of purpose and meaning in life. I found this somewhat perplexing given that in the traditional contexts meditation training is intended as a long-term path and the primary goal of meditation is to enable practitioners to explore deep questions about their existence. This observation suggested to me that if meditation-based approaches are to become effective tools in supporting health and well-being across the life-span, research and applications targeting long-term effects of meditation and focus on existential well-being will be of essential importance in the next phase of development in this field.

Together, my explorations both at the personal practice and scientific research levels pointed to the same implications about the potential of long-term meditation practice in meeting a fundamental human need for experiential understanding of meaning and purpose in life – existential balance. This became the overarching theme of this book. It is my hope that the book will be helpful to those teaching, researching, practicing or developing long-term meditation training.

Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

List of abbreviations

Introduction

1 The new science of meditation

What is the science of meditation missing?

The mind’s capacity to self-regulate

Purpose, meaning and modes of existential awareness

Existential drive, health and well-being

Towards a long-term perspective of meditation

Summary

2 Long-term meditation practice

Neural plasticity, body physiology and meditation

The state and trait effects of meditation

The quantity and quality of meditation practice

Formal and informal meditation

Adverse effects of meditation

Developing a long-term perspective of meditation

Summary

3 Mindfulness

What is mindfulness?

How to develop mindfulness?

Neuroscience of mindfulness

Mindfulness, self-regulation and existential well-being

A day of mindfulness practice

Mindfulness from a long-term practice perspective

Summary

4 Compassion and related qualities

What is compassion? A Buddhist perspective

What is compassion? A Western scientific perspective

Developing compassion and related qualities in the Buddhist context

Neuroscience of compassion and loving kindness

Compassion, self-regulation and existential well-being

A day of compassion practice

Compassion from a long-term practice perspective

Summary

5 Visualization in meditation practice

What is visualization-based meditation?

Developing visualization-based meditation practice in the Buddhist context

Neuroscience of visualization-based meditation

Visualization-based meditation, self-regulation and well-being

A day of visualization-based meditation

Visualization-based meditation from a long-term practice perspective

Summary

6 Existential insight and dream yoga

What is existential insight? The Western approach

What is existential insight? The Buddhist approach

Developing existential insight in daytime and in dream yoga practice

Neuroscience of existential insight and dream yoga practices

Existential insight, self-regulation and existential well-being

Twenty-four hours of meditation practice

Existential insight practice from a long-term perspective

Summary

7 The state of existential balance

What is the state of existential balance?

Developing the state of existential balance

Neuroscience of the state of existential balance

The state of existential balance, self-regulation and existential well-being

The state of existential balance in everyday life

The state of existential balance from a long-term practice perspective

Summary

8 The potential of contemplative science

Contemplative psychology

Contemplative psychotherapy

Contemplative neuroscience

Contemplative science in healthcare

Developmental contemplative science

Contemplative science and society

Challenges facing contemplative science

Conclusion

Summary

Glossary

Index


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