Now out: Why We Meditate by Daniel Goleman and Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Many know of Daniel Goleman for his writings on emotional intelligence. With that credential, he seems to me to be the perfect guide to learning more about and understanding meditation.

Meditation seems in some ways to be a deceptively simple practice but it is actually complex. Daniel Goleman will help readers to understand how this Eastern practice can help us in our world that is, at times, filled with the negative.

There is lots of advice in this book. This is a case where the advice is professional and based upon neuroscience. It will help those who pick it up to let go of some negative influences on their lives.

I think that both those who already practice mindfulness and/or meditation will find much to contemplate in this excellent guide. A few of the chapter titles include What This Book Offers You, Beautiful Monsters, and Calm and Clear. Definitely worth a read.

Note that Goleman’s co-author is a well known teacher of Buddhist meditation. He offers the practice and Goleman the science; a terrific collaboration in a book that is full of things to try.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books for this title. All opinions are my own.

From the Publisher

Editorial Reviews


“Why We Meditate is an exciting new book that combines recent research into meditation with fresh, accessible and profound teachings on the actual practice. I consider Tsoknyi Rinpoche one of my beloved teachers and so wholeheartedly endorse any attempt to share his healing and liberating teachings with the world.”  — Pema Chödrön, author of When Things Fall Apart

“Two giants team up for a kind of meditative buddy film— What’s not to like? In this book, you’ll get practical, doable techniques for making two game-changing inner moves: getting out of your head, as well as taming your demons with warmth rather than our habitual resistance, indulgence, and denial. The best part is that all of it is backed up by rigorous science. Highly recommend.” — Dan Harris, author of 10% Happier

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