Chapter two of Buddha's Brain is aptly titled "The Evolution of Suffering" because it walks the reader through the myriad ways our brains use negativity as a survival tactic. The methods our brains utilize are effective but less necessary now since we as modern humans are more predator than prey, especially when compared to our … Continue reading Buddha’s Brain: Chapter two recap and discussion
Buddha's Brain is not what you would call a "light read." I have a tendency to skim or speed read if I'm not careful, and that method of reading doesn't work with this book. Even the first chapter, which is effectively an introduction to major themes and an overview of what's to come, is full … Continue reading Buddha’s Brain: Chapter one recap and discussion
Image: Coursera Near the start of the pandemic, Yale announced that they would be making one of their most popular courses, The Science of Well-Being, free online. I began the course hopeful and excited, but as I was working full-time, caring for my two year old, and in my third trimester of pregnancy with my … Continue reading The Yale “Science of Well-Being” course on Coursera is free!
I'm doing a re-read of Buddha's Brain, after having started and not finished it years ago. Chapter one discusses the link between neurology and the "self," and I thought this quote was too lovely not to share: "It's a remarkable fact that the people who have gone the very deepest into the mind - the … Continue reading Buddha’s Brain: Your true nature is the best of you, regardless of what you are feeling right now