When I’m not being judgmental, cold, cynical, sarcastic, fatalistic, angry, or hopeless, I try to be a better person. Have a positive attitude, practice active kindness, find beauty and good in the world and all that crap.
Buddha’s Brain is an incredible resource. It starts with the neuroscience of what happens in our bodies when we react to situations. Without being textbook boring, Hanson looks at current (2009) advances in neuroscience and what science is continually learning about the brain. It’s fascinating and helped me understand how biological reactions immediately become emotional responses.
You should read it. I wrote a gigantic review over on my blog with my own practices and arguments with my brain. If your brain seems to stay in panic mode or you have thoughts constantly stacking up and you just want to be calm for a moment and enjoy what’s happening, this book can really help.