Review: Altered Traits: Sci­ence Reveals How Med­i­ta­tion Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body

Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body
Altered Traits: Sci­ence Reveals How Med­i­ta­tion Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body by Daniel Gole­man
My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars

This book tries to explain the ben­e­fits and what is and isn’t proven about med­i­ta­tion. I found it to be very help­ful know­ing the sci­en­tif­ic back­ground in order to estab­lish a new rou­tine. Some­how, the ratio­nal part of my mind needs to be con­vinced of the ben­e­fits for me to make even an attempt.
In the end it comes down to prac­tice and dis­ci­pline. There exists lit­tle doubt that med­i­ta­tion is ben­e­fi­cial, it is just a mat­ter of mak­ing it a habit to reap the ben­e­fits and fine­tune the prac­tice when you are more expe­ri­enced. I do think it can help to focus and resist dis­trac­tions, to get more eas­i­ly into a flow and gath­er your thoughts when you find your­self over­whelmed by what life throws at you.

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Review: The Hid­den Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World
The Hid­den Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben
My rat­ing: 4 of 5 stars

Edu­ca­tion­al and enter­tain­ing book about the lives of trees and how they inter­act with one anoth­er. Fas­ci­nat­ing read, espe­cial­ly if you are walking/running through the woods your­self while lis­ten­ing to this book. The dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive on time that this type of plant life has is dif­fi­cult to envi­sion. In the end I found myself to be a lot more com­pas­sion­ate towards trees. Espe­cial­ly, know­ing how dis­rup­tive human inter­ven­tion can be with regards to the main­te­nance of forests. Of course, there has to be a lim­it of where we would draw a line as soci­ety towards the feel­ing of oth­er sen­tient being, but trees might be more per­cep­tive than we give them cred­it for.

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