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For centuries, spiritual and meditative practices have helped people become more calm, focused, and happy. Christian saints such as John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila encouraged habits of the heart and soul. Now we know that such habits benefit the whole person.
In Spiritual Practices for the Brain, Anne Kertz Kernion relies on the most current research to link spiritual practices to improved health, whether it's the development of a teenager's reasoning process or the lowering of risk for heart disease and dementia in older adults. Relying on her education and experience in brain development, positive psychology, and theology, Kernion is able to relate seemingly simple practices--such as focused breathing, gardening, practicing kindness, or going for a walk--with powerful results for your mind, body, and soul. Her presentation is friendly and readable, and each chapter includes simple practices for readers to try. As an artist and exercise instructor, she exudes encouragement and hope for the person learning a new practice or revisiting an old one.