Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time (Paperback)
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Short Description for Just One Thing Presents more than fifty simple practices readers can do each day to wire the brain for increased happiness, positive thinking, and wisdom. This book offers information on why the practice is important and how it works; and, additional resources readers can use to delve deeper into that particular type of practice.
- Published: 01 December 2011
- Format: Paperback 160 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781608820313 ISBN 10: 1608820319
- Sales rank: 6,144
Reviews for Just One Thing
Inspiring Ways to a 'Buddha Brain'!
I was very excited to be given the opportunity to read Just One Thing before it's publication date, given that it sounded like exactly the type of book that motivates, inspires and uplifts me. As the year draws to a close, I feel that have been needing all three!
Separated into more than fifty small, easily digestible entries, this book links Science with Buddhism to present some fantastically useful types on mindfulness, morality and overcoming challenges in life. While a few entries (understandably) did not speak to me, most of them had me nodding my head in agreement and really thinking about how I could integrate the suggestions into my own life. In particular, I love the entries on relaxation, as I really do think this is the modern ailment of our tired, overly stimulated and stressed society. After reading them a first time, entries like 'Relax' and 'Have Compassion for Yourself' had me revisiting to remind myself of the important message. I loved how Hanson gave his readers permission to take a moment, without being overly saccharine or encouraging his audience to be victims of their own circumstances.
I also felt that Hanson worked to build a relationship with his audience, and his light, engaged tone really worked for me. I do find that some self-help books can be patronising, but Hanson strikes a fine balance between expert and engaged onlooker. I also think the inclusion of personal anecdotes work to humanise the author, emphasising that mindfulness is a journey (and sometimes a struggle) for even the most enlightened. The idea of integrating one suggestion per week makes this process of change manageable and approachable. I must admit, however, I would have liked a little more of a Buddhist focus in this text. Yet this was just a personal quibble, and I see how it could be seen as much more approachable and engaging without dense Buddhist passages.
Certainly, I feel this book has moved me one step closer to gaining that peaceful 'Buddha Brain' I have been attempting to cultivate. I enjoyed it so much that I went out to purchase Hanson's earlier work, 'Buddha's Brain'. I also look forward to purchasing this wonderful book for future reference. by K