Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time


You’ve heard the expression, “It’s the little things that count.” It’s more than a simple platitude. Research has shown that integrating little daily practices into your life can actually change the way your brain works.

This guide offers simple things you can do routinely, mainly inside your mind, that will support and increase your sense of security and worth, resilience, effectiveness, well-being, insight, and inner peace. For example, they include: taking in the good, protecting your brain, feeling safer, relaxing anxiety about imperfection, not knowing, enjoying your hands, taking refuge, and filling the hole in your heart. At first glance, you may be tempted to underestimate the power of these seemingly simple practices. But they will gradually change your brain through what’s called experience-dependent neuroplasticity.

Moment to moment, whatever you’re aware of—sounds, sensations, thoughts, or your most heartfelt longings—is based on underlying neural activities. This book offers simple brain training practices you can do every day to protect against stress, lift your mood, and find greater emotional resilience.

Just one practice each day can help you to:

Be good to yourself
Enjoy life as it is
Build on your strengths
Be more effective at home and work
Make peace with your emotions
With over fifty daily practices you can use anytime, anywhere, Just One Thing is a groundbreaking combination of mindfulness meditation and neuroscience that can help you deepen your sense of well-being and unconditional happiness.

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Reviews of Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple...
Amy Emerson recommends this
Completed it
Student's grade: College
For: Hobby / just interested
To complete: 3-5 hours
Liked: An easy read that is broken up into short chapters.
Didn't like: There is a little junk science mixed in, but overall this book is very helpful and practical.

I have always tried to meditate but have failed time and time again because I do not know how to "turn off my mind." Dr. Hanson, instead, suggests specific thoughts and sensations to focus on during your meditation time. It gives practical topics and reflections to use your morning routine and daily habits to rewire your brain into thinking more positive.