January 24, 2011

Power Up Your Brain: The Neuroscience of Enlightenment

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I love neuroscience! I think it is really fascinating, and this science of the brain is finally catching up to what humans have known for centuries.

I recently attended a conference in which neuroscience backed up traditional methods of natural parenting. Now, Dr. Perlmutter and Dr. Villoldo combine neuroscience with spiritual practice in their new book Power Up Your Brain: The Neuroscience of Enlightenment:

The quest for enlightenment has occupied mankind for millennia. And from the depictions we've seen--monks sitting on meditation cushions, nuns kneeling in prayer, shamans communing with the universe--it seems that this elusive state is reserved for a chosen few. But now, neuroscientist David Perlmutter and medical anthropologist and shaman Alberto Villoldo have come together to explore the commonalities between their specialties with the aim of making enlightenment possible for anyone.

Joining the long-separated worlds of science and spirit, Perlmutter explores the exciting phenomena of neurogenesis and mitochondrial health, while Villoldo brings his vast knowledge of shamanic and spiritual practices to the table. Together they draw from the most powerful tools in each discipline to create the Power Up Your Brain program, a ground-breaking, five-week plan that helps prime the brain for enlightenment. With nutritional advice, dietary supplements, physical exercise, shamanic practices, meditation, and visualizations, Perlmutter and Villoldo guide readers, step by step, through a program to help them clear their minds from previous trauma and open themselves up to experience the inner peace, vast insight, and extraordinary creativity that define the experience of enlightenment, paving the way to successfully face the challenges to come.


Of course, the authors recommend, "Choose as many organic foods as possible." The connection between chemicals, food, and our brains cannot be ignored, whether seeking spiritual enlightenment or just optimum health.

Disclosure: I was sent free samples of these products to review. No prior assurances were given as to whether the review be positive or negative.

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Posted by Jennifer Lance at January 24, 2011 12:04 AM

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