The Awakened Brain: The Psychology of Spirituality and Our Search for Meaning, UK Edition
‘Erudite, compelling . . . a credible and original investigation’ Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
A ground-breaking exploration of the neuroscience of spirituality and a bold new paradigm for health, healing and resilience
Whether it’s an uplifting walk in nature, meditation or prayer, there are many ways to experience heightened awareness and escape the relentless demands of modern life. The range of opportunities of this kind suggest that it isn’t dependent on faith or religion, but that it’s about a different mode of living; an innate spirituality.
Lisa Miller has spent decades researching the effects of spirituality on the brain. In this book she draws on her clinical experience and award-winning research to show how an active spiritual life can transform our physical and psychological wellbeing. Bringing scientific rigour to the most intangible aspect of our lives, Miller offers insights into the neurological basis for the increased resilience that comes with nurturing spirituality and highlights its measurable positive effects: decreasing the likelihood of depression and substance abuse, and shifting the course of recovery in many other clinical settings.
Woven throughout is Miller’s personal story of how, while confronting her own challenges, her professional pragmatism gave way to a greater appreciation of insights that are important to so many people and yet so often dismissed as unscientific. Brimming with inspiration and compassion, this landmark book will revolutionize your understanding of spirituality, mental health and how we find meaning and purpose in life.