Buddha’s Brain iPhone App

With the new breakthroughs in neuroscience, combined with insights from thousands of years of contemplative practice, you, too, can shape your own brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom.

Based on the bestselling book, Buddha’s Brain, this app will show you how to rewire your brain over time, including how to:

  • Take in good experiences to feel happier and more confident
  • Cool down stress, anxiety, sorrow, frustration, and anger
  • Energize the neural networks of compassion, empathy, and love – and clear out resentment, envy, guilt, and loss
  • Improve attention for daily life, mindfulness, and meditation
  • Feel more at one with the world, and less separate and vulnerable

Your brain is the foundation of your well-being, relationships, and actions. If you can change your brain, you can change your life.


From the App Store:

Buddhism meets neuroscience ★★★★★
by Buddhabobby – Version 1.1 – Mar 29, 2013

This is a fascinating and well detailed app of how the benefits of meditation affect our body and brain. This is a must for people wanting to really understand how meditation effects the body at a neuroplastic level. Think of your brain like plasticine and how meditation can shape this to change and perform,anything from more relaxed states,happiness,compassion. Our bodies are mapped to learn use this app to establish true changes!! Well worth the money 🙂

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List of Practices

Foundations

  • Be on Your Own Side
  • Have Self-Compassion
  • Take in the Good
  • Pair Positive and Negative

Cooling the Fires

  • Be Mindful of Your Body
  • Quickly Relax
  • Long Exhalations
  • Diaphragm Breathing
  • Progressive Relaxation
  • Balance Your Heartbeat
  • Meditate
  • Feel Cared about
  • Feel Safer
  • Find Refuge

Strong Intentions

  • Challenge Negative Beliefs
  • Feel Stronger
  • Intend with Head and Heart

Equanimity

  • Observe Hedonic Tones
  • Don’t React to Your Reactions
  • Like, Don’t Want
  • Hold Wants Lightly

Compassion and Kindness

  • Recognize the Wolf of Love
  • Recognize the Wolf of Hate
  • Strengthen Empathy
  • Feel More Comfortable with Closeness
  • Have Compassion
  • Be Kind
  • Meditate on Loving-Kindness

Skillful Assertiveness

  • Practice Unilateral Virture
  • Understand Ill Will
  • Turn Ill Will to Good Will
  • Consider the Causes Upstream
  • Be Mindful of “Us” and “Them”
  • Expand the Circle of “Us”
  • Communicate Effectively

Mindfulness

  • Intend to Be Mindful
  • Stay Alert
  • Be Aware of the Body as a Whole
  • Hush the Verbal Centers
  • Rest in Awareness
  • Enjoy Everyday Mindfulness

Concentration

  • Understand Meditation
  • Keep Attention on Its Object
  • Filter out Distractions
  • Manage the Desire for Stimulation
  • Encourage Rapture and Joy
  • Open to Singleness of Mind
  • Concentration Meditation

Relaxing the Self

  • Take the Body for a Walk
  • Release Identification
  • Give “Self” Away
  • Fill the Hole in Your Heart
  • Relax about What Others Think
  • Join with the World

Dr. Ramani Durvasula is a licensed clinical psychologist, author, and expert on the impact of toxic narcissism. She is a Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, and also a Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg.

The focus of Dr. Ramani’s clinical, academic, and consultative work is the etiology and impact of narcissism and high-conflict, entitled, antagonistic personality styles on human relationships, mental health, and societal expectations. She has spoken on these issues to clinicians, educators, and researchers around the world.

She is the author of Should I Stay or Should I Go: Surviving a Relationship With a Narcissist, and Don't You Know Who I Am? How to Stay Sane in an Era of Narcissism, Entitlement, and Incivility. Her work has been featured at SxSW, TEDx, and on a wide range of media platforms including Red Table Talk, the Today Show, Oxygen, Investigation Discovery, and Bravo, and she is a featured expert on the digital media mental health platform MedCircle. Dr. Durvasula’s research on personality disorders has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and she is a Consulting Editor of the scientific journal Behavioral Medicine.

Dr. Stephen Porges is a Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and Professor Emeritus at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He is a former president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and has been president of the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological, and Cognitive Sciences, which represents approximately twenty-thousand biobehavioral scientists. He’s led a number of other organizations and received a wide variety of professional awards.

In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that links the evolution of the mammalian autonomic nervous system to social behavior and emphasizes the importance of physiological states in the expression of behavioral problems and psychiatric disorders. The theory is leading to innovative treatments based on insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical disorders, and has had a major impact on the field of psychology.

Dr. Porges has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers across a wide array of disciplines. He’s also the author of several books including The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation.

Dr. Bruce Perry is the Principal of the Neurosequential Network, Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, and a Professor (Adjunct) in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago and the School of Allied Health at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. From 1993 to 2001 he was the Thomas S. Trammell Research Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and chief of psychiatry at Texas Children's Hospital.

He’s one of the world’s leading experts on the impact of trauma in childhood, and his work on the impact of abuse, neglect, and trauma on the developing brain has impacted clinical practice, programs, and policy across the world. His work has been instrumental in describing how traumatic events in childhood change the biology of the brain.

Dr. Perry's most recent book, What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing, co-authored with Oprah Winfrey, was released earlier this year. Dr. Perry is also the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children, and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered. Additionally, he’s authored more than 300 journal articles and book chapters and has been the recipient of a variety of professional awards.

Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith is a child clinical psychologist who specializes in trauma and issues of race. She earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard and then received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She performed postdoctoral work at the University of California San Francisco/San Francisco General Hospital. She has combined her love of teaching and advocacy by serving as a professor and by directing mental health programs for children experiencing trauma, homelessness, or foster care.

Dr. Briscoe-Smith is also a senior fellow of Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and is both a professor and the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Wright Institute. She provides consultation and training to nonprofits and schools on how to support trauma-informed practices and cultural accountability.

Sharon Salzberg is a world-renowned teacher and New York Times bestselling author. She is widely considered one of the most influential individuals in bringing mindfulness practices to the West, and co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts alongside Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein. Sharon has been a student of Dipa Ma, Anagarika Munindra, and Sayadaw U Pandita alongside other masters.

Sharon has authored 10 books, and is the host of the fantastic Metta Hour podcast. She was a contributing editor of Oprah’s O Magazine, had her work featured in Time and on NPR, and contributed to panels alongside the Dalai Lama.

Rick Hanson, PhD is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and New York Times best-selling author. His books have been published in 29 languages and include NeurodharmaResilient, Hardwiring HappinessBuddha’s BrainJust One Thing, and Mother Nurture – with 900,000 copies in English alone. His free newsletters have 215,000 subscribers and his online programs have scholarships available for those with financial need. He’s lectured at NASA, Google, Oxford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. An expert on positive neuroplasticity, his work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, NPR, and other major media. He began meditating in 1974 and is the founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. He and his wife live in northern California and have two adult children. He loves wilderness and taking a break from emails.

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