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Rewire Your Brain For Love: Creating Vibrant Relationships Using the Science of Mindfulness

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In Rewire Your Brain for Love, neuropsychologist Marsha Lucas brings together neuroscience and mindfulness meditation in an exciting program to help readers create and sustain better, healthier, juicier romantic relationships. With a passion for neuroscience and the ability to relay it in a clear, unintimidating—and funny— manner, Lucas delves into how the human brain work ...more
Hardcover, 201 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Hay House (first published 2012)
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Apr 24, 2013 Clayton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been meditating daily for 6 months as a direct result of this book. Meditation is by far the most important daily constant in my life.

At the end of September I went on a 10-day silent meditation retreat to strengthen my meditation -- it's "free" (donation based) and you can sign up for a course on .. or if you Google around you might find some groups sits in your area who practice meditation.

update 2:
it's been nearly 2 years and meditation has continued to be a
Delia O' Riordan
May 03, 2012 Delia O' Riordan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone

I just finished Marsha Lucas' "Rewire Your Brain for Love" and already it is a hit as far as I am concerned. For humans, the 'final frontier' - assuming there is such a thing - must be our consciousness. Some of the most exciting science being done today is in the field of consciousness research. In "Rewire Your Brain" Marsha Lucas brings together the findings of leading edge research into the relationship between mind and brain and how 'mindfulness' practices can literally re-wire neuro-circuit
Jeanine Marie Swenson
Jan 01, 2012 Jeanine Marie Swenson rated it it was amazing
Esteemed and experienced psychotherapist and neuroscientist, Dr. Marcia Lucas, has written a beautiful, funny, evidence-based and down-to-Earth book for individuals and relationships that has the potential to change your life (it certainly has changed mine already in so many wonderful ways) and those of your families. Starting slowly and building, from the outside inward, Dr. Lucas explains complicated terms and structures and gives you understanding about your primary attachments and how to man ...more
Feb 05, 2013 Vikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Understanding the foundations of how we develop our understanding of love is one book.
Understanding brain wiring is another book.
Using both to create change along with exercises to actually begin to change the "hard wiring" of perception, understanding and ultimately experience is THIS book.

Marsha Lucas, PhD takes us by the arm and says "Look what the research, and brain science says about love and the brain. Let's use it, tweak this, focus on that and make some changes" using language that i
Apr 10, 2012 Raj rated it it was amazing
My second book on mindfulness and the scientific explanations seem to strengthen the reasons as why you should meditate. Having followed the meditations at the end of chapters , I can honestly say that they have made a great impact on my life . Learning from examples of problems of her clients gives a great insight on the working of the mind and how it plays tricks on you .
Alain Burrese
Mar 03, 2013 Alain Burrese rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first saw the title of this book I wasn't very interested. However, upon finding out a bit more about the scope of “Rewire Your Brain for Love: Creating Vibrant Relationships Using the Science of Mindfulness” by Marsha Lucas, PhD, I figured it would be something I'd enjoy, and I did. As someone who already believes in the positive power of meditation and mindfulness, I liked this different view that blended the ancient wisdom I'm more familiar with, along with cutting-edge discoveries in ...more
Feb 20, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
Very interesting read. Also entertaining in some places, which was a delightful surprise. I basically read through the book without doing any of the exercises, just to get the gist of it. I will probably go back through it again more slowly to take notes and perhaps try out some of the techniques. I suspect that if they work at all (and I admit, I'm skeptical), they will improve not just my love life, but other areas of life as well.
Nov 16, 2011 GONZA rated it really liked it
This book mixes mindfull meditation with neuroscience and relationship. It helps to understan ours reaction towards other people that are or could be for us significative. It's clear and well written and for every problem, like anger for example, it helps you to get the right relaxation and meditation and, in the same time, it explains what is changing in your brain.
Dec 29, 2013 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent refresher on how mindlessness can get in the way of living!
Dana Brittan
Oct 16, 2012 Dana Brittan rated it it was amazing
New research on the power of meditation to effect brain function is just amazing!
Feb 26, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing
This is a book that had great meditation advice. I will certainly return to it again.
Sep 14, 2012 Elbe rated it it was amazing
Good, genuine, simple. Enough to be precise, sufficient of science and heartful on mindfulness - just in a right dosage for the simple reader. The everyday person seeking for a change.
Aug 21, 2013 Andrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very nice, clear and practical introduction into midnful meditation and how it can be used to fix many relationship problems
Jul 26, 2012 Eryn rated it really liked it
Lots of great insights. Have started practicing mindfulness meditation because of it.
Jul 26, 2012 Mary marked it as to-read
Recommendation from Bill!
Tien Pham
The main audience of this book seems to be people with insecure style of attachment. For those of you who are not familiar with the theory, attachment theory basically observes and predicts that people with secure attachment (parents were loving, attentive, relatively stress-free) often grow up to have more satisfying relationships. Those with insecure style of attachment, preoccupied (often perceived as needy and temperamental) and dismissive (emotionally distant and aloof), generally face prob ...more
Christina Flammang
May 17, 2012 Christina Flammang rated it it was amazing
I am so happy this book came to me. It has enriched my goals to be healthy and live a joyous, vibrant life. As we watch what we eat, exercise and take vitamins, what about our brains ? This book centers on mindfulness and how it can benefit your life. Why do I do what I do ? Why am I so stressed ? Why do I create the same patterns in my relationships ? This book offers a pathway to a peaceful gentle solution and way of being. Thanks to goodreads for an advance copy.
Sep 11, 2012 Jessica rated it it was ok
If you haven't started practicing mindfulness meditation, this book could convince you, and the patient case studies are interesting. However, it shares with similar books the problem of trite phrases and a self-conscious voice.
Kenneth E.
Nov 10, 2015 Kenneth E. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful integration of mindfulness, neuroscience, and attachment theory. Very accessible, enormously useful.
Nov 25, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An easy read. Mostly about how to strengthen positive thought patterns and neural connections through mindfulness meditation.
Laura Smoot
Sep 14, 2014 Laura Smoot marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Marsha Lucas, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and neuropsychologist, and has been practicing psychotherapy and studying the brain-behavior relationship for more than twenty years. Prior to entering private practice, she was a neuropsychologist on the faculty at the Emory University School of Medicine.

She has a special interest in the practice of mindfulness, especially in how it stimulates the br
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“We cannot make another person change his or her steps to an old dance, but if we change our own steps, the dance no longer can continue in the same predictable pattern.” 1 likes
“CIRCUIT BREAKER MEDITATION First, settle into your body and your breath, as described in the Basic Mindfulness Meditation in Chapter 3. Invite yourself to move slowly through the meditation exercise, taking your time with each step. Bring your awareness to your jaw and your mouth. Allow your tongue to relax inside your mouth and let your jaw open slightly. Feel your breath passing easily through your relaxed throat. When you feel ready, gently place your hand on your heart, in the center of your chest. Place your other hand on your lower belly, below your navel. Imagine your hands getting warmer, the tiny capillaries and arteries relaxing just a bit to allow warmth to flow into them. Breathe gently and deeply, imagining the breath going into your heart and your belly. With each breath, invite yourself to also breathe into your heart and your belly any sense of goodness, safety, trust, acceptance, or ease that you’re able to bring to mind. Once that’s steady, call to mind a moment of being with someone who loves you unconditionally, someone you feel completely safe with. This may not always be a partner or a parent or a child. Those relationships can be so complex and the feelings can be mixed. It may be, for example, a good friend or a trusted teacher. It may be your therapist, your grandmother, a third-grade teacher, or a beloved pet. Pets are great. As you remember feeling safe and loved with this person or pet, see if you can feel the feelings and sensations that come up with that memory in your body. Allow yourself to really savor these feelings of warmth, safety, trust, and love in your body. When that feeling is steady, gently release the image for now and simply bathe in the feeling for 30 seconds or so. As always, when you’re done with your formal practice, gently and gradually bring yourself back into the room and into the stream of” 0 likes
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