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Book Review: The Neuroscience of Mindfulness

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The Neuroscience of Mindfulness by Dr Stan Rodski is very interesting, if you wish to understand how mindfulness can have a positive impact on your brain and your wellbeing. Using very easy-to-understand examples and staying away from complex neuroscience terms, while keeping an expert view on the topic, Dr Stan’s book helps you to understand how your brain works and how mindfulness can help you to become healthier. It helps you become acquainted with the stress response and when stress can become dangerous for your health and why. He explains in simple language what body systems are linked to your wellbeing, including how to keep them at optimal health through mindfulness.

He offers very simple exercises that you can follow while you are showering, driving or doing any other daily activities. He also emphasises the link between mindfulness and generating more energy. He says that we need to learn energy management, not time management, and he explains how we can acquire more physical, emotional, mental and mindful energy.

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Finally, he explains the mind-body connection and he uses scientific evidence to prove that your thoughts impact your health and what to do to become healthier. He talks about the most common autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and MS and suppressed immune system diseases, such as cancer, HIV or ME. He doesn’t imply that stress creates these illnesses, but he does believe that it is a contributing factor. He then explains how to use mindfulness for optimal health.

I enjoyed many of the easy explanations about stress and the brain. I found some of the research fascinating. However, some of the exercises interrupted the flow of the text and I was slightly annoyed by them. They seem easy to follow though, for those who have the time and energy for homework. The book reminded me how important it is to look after ourselves by taking time out, boost our energy with things and people we love and bear in mind how detrimental chronic stress and constant worry can be in our lives. Mindfulness, tai chi, qigong, meditation seem to be practises that allow our bodies to relax and produce incredible results reverting some of the symptoms of chronic conditions, helping us to live healthier and happier lives.

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