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Favorite Quick Reads
Our top picks for articles on the neuroscience of meditation


How to Make Meditation a Daily Habit for Life: Inspiration and tips for making meditation a daily habit in your life

A Mindful Brain: Mindfulness and the shape of your brain

Mindfulness, Neuroplasticity and Altered Traits: How meditation alters the brain

A Deep Dive Into Brainwaves: Brainwave Frequencies Explained: Great introduction to brainwave frequencies

Have a Blast With Your Brain Waves: More basics of brainwave science

Meditation Science
Our top picks for articles on the neuroscience of meditation

Long-term meditators self-induce high-amplitude gamma synchrony (Lutz et al. 2004)

Meditation experience is associated with increased cortical thickness (Lazar et al. 2005)

The Human Default Consciousness and Its Disruption: Insights From an EEG..(Denison 2019)

EEG manifestations of nondual experiences in meditators (Berman and Stephens 2015)

Mindfulness practice leads to increases in regional brain gray matter..(Holtzel 2011)

Favorite Books

Key neuroscience of meditation

The Open Focus Brain by Les Fehmi and Jim Robbins

Symphony in the Brain by Jim Robbins

Becoming Supernatural by Dr. Joe Dispenza

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza

The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani

Mindfulness Bliss and Beyond by Ajahn Brahm

The Mind Illuminated by John Yates aka Culdasa

Practicing the Jhanas by Stephen Synder and Tina Rasmussen 

Raising Our Vibration by Kevin Schoeninger and Stephen Altair

Head Strong by Dave Asprey

Power Up Your Brain: The Neuroscience of Enlightenment by David Perlmutter and Alberto Villoldo

Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body by Daniel Golman

Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal

Vital Force by Rajshree Patel

Electric Body, Electric Health by Eileen Day McKusick

The Energy Codes by Dr. Sue Morter


Brainwave Tracking and Tools



Awearness App Instructions (only for Apple devices):

  1. Turn on your Muse

  2. Go to Alpha Training, set the number of minutes you want to meditate.

  3. Click on the person heart icon in the center

  4. You should see a Bluetooth icon with your Muse above it. Click on the Muse device words, and you should see it connecting and a band will appear with 4 sensors indicated with colors of blue and orange.

  5. Now click on the person heart icon at the bottom of the screen and you should see the synchrony training beginning...indicated by "meditating..." and counting down and you should be good to go.

  6. Synchrony is indicated by sound when you hear different tones and see the blue change to orange (indicating alpha synchrony in the bands).