New Book Review!
I know it's been a while, but this is one worth a skim. Buddha's Brain by The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom probably isn't your summer beach read, but it's worth a read if you have interest in yoga, meditation, and spiritual practice.
While I'm not a huge fan of the whole "happiness is a choice" mantra, I do believe that as my first yoga teacher Swami Sivananda is quoted to have said you can, "make your mind your friend."
Neuroscience is described in an accessible way that yoga nerds will really enjoy, but also that many of us who regularly practice meditation may already have some insight into. Certainly we may not get all the technicalities right and know which part of the brain is named what, but it seems the MRI machine has finally caught up to the teachings of the Buddha.
The discussion of "SELF," identity, habit, perception is all in the yogi's wheel house. You may want to approach the books in small sections. A chapter a week is a nice strategy. There are some tips for meditation throughout that are worth experimenting with in your own seated practice.
ENJOY! Let me know what you think in the comments below.