Neuroscience: How Mindfulness Increases Well-Being

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From Faith Middleton: Neuroscientists are verifying that practicing mindful awareness promotes neuroplasticity in the human brain, activating the “resonance” circuit that leads to a greater sense of well-being.

Renowned mindfulness teacher Dr. Jack Kornfield explains how mindfulness works quickly to transform neural circuits, enhance inner and interpersonal attunement, and deepen the capacity for empathy and lovingkindness.

According to Kornfield and psychologists, it is possible through mindful awareness to increase secure attachment with another, heal the lingering effects of trauma, and strengthen resilience in an unpredictable world.

Who is Dr. Jack Kornfield? While in the Peace Corps, he trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, India, and Burma. He has taught meditation since 1974, and is one of the key teachers to explain Buddhist mindfulness practices to the West.

After returning to the United States, Kornfield founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, along with co-founders Sharon Salzberg (our previous guest) and Joseph Goldstein. His books have sold more than a million copies, and been translated into 20 languages. They include A Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist PsychologyBuddha's Little Instruction BookAwakening Right Where You Are, and After the Ecstasy, The Laundry.

He lives in California.

Jack Kornfield and Dan Siegel will present a two-day event, The Neuroscience of Well-Being, Mindfulness & Love, November 15–16, for the Omega Institute. The presentation will be held at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. Both new and experienced practitioners are invited. For information click here, or call 800 944-1001.

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