- Venue: The Hillside Club, Berkeley
- Date: September 18, 2017
- Time: 7:30 PM (Doors open at 7)
Price: $12-$47 (discount for GGSC members)
A trailblazers of the American mindfulness movement discusses his new book with Daniel Goleman, Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body.
In the last 20 years, meditation and mindfulness have gone from being kind of cool to becoming an omnipresent Band-Aid for everything from your weight to your relationship to your achievement level. Unveiling the kind of cutting-edge research that has made them giants in their fields, Daniel Goleman and Richard J. Davidson show us the truth about what meditation can really do for us, as well as exactly how to get the most out of it.
Sweeping away common misconceptions and neuromythology to open readers eyes to the ways data has been distorted to sell mind-training methods, Goleman and Davidson demonstrate in Altered Traits that beyond the pleasantstatesmental exercises can produce, the real payoffs are the lasting personalitytraitsthat can result. But short daily doses will not get us to the highest level of lasting positive changeeven if we continue for yearswithout specific additions. More than sheer hours, we need smart practice, including crucial ingredients such as targeted feedback from a master teacher and a more spacious, less attached view of the self, all of which are missing in widespread versions of mind training. The authors also reveal the latest data from Davidsons own lab that point to a new methodology for developing a broader array of mind-training methods with larger implications for how we can derive the greatest benefits from the practice.
Moderated by Dacher Keltner, Director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.
PLEASE NOTE: This event originally featured Daniel Goleman, but due to unforeseen events, he will not be able to join. The presentation should still be fascinating!