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Research shows we are missing 50 percent of our lives. Why? Because we aren’t paying attention. From the constant buzz of your phone and the lure of your media feed to your unrelenting, all-encompassing, and evergrowing mental to-do list—the demands on your attention have never been so severe. The result is an escalating crisis, where we feel mentally foggy, scattered, and Research shows we are missing 50 percent of our lives. Why? Because we aren’t paying attention. From the constant buzz of your phone and the lure of your media feed to your unrelenting, all-encompassing, and evergrowing mental to-do list—the demands on your attention have never been so severe. The result is an escalating crisis, where we feel mentally foggy, scattered, and overwhelmed. Remarkably, the solution to our attention crisis has been right here in front of us the entire time. Acclaimed neuroscientist Amishi P. Jha, PhD, has dedicated her life’s work to understanding the science of attention at every level—from brain-imaging studies in the lab to field-testing soldiers, firefighters, athletes, healthcare and business professionals, and students. Her mission has been to scientifically determine how we can harness the full power of our attention to better meet all that life demands. Dr. Jha expertly guides readers through fascinating research, debunking common assumptions and offering stunning new insights into where presence and purpose really come from. Peak Mind reveals remarkably easy to adapt, flexible, 12-minute-a-day exercises to lift the mental fog, declutter the mind, and strengthen focus so that you can experience more of your life. About the author: Amishi P. Jha, Ph.D is professor of psychology and director of contemplative neuroscience at the University of Miami. She leads research on the neural bases of attention and the effects of mindfulness-based training programs on cognition, emotion, and resilience. She has spoken at TED.com, the World Economic Forum, and NATO, and has been covered by Scientific American, the New York Times, NPR, and Forbes.


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Research shows we are missing 50 percent of our lives. Why? Because we aren’t paying attention. From the constant buzz of your phone and the lure of your media feed to your unrelenting, all-encompassing, and evergrowing mental to-do list—the demands on your attention have never been so severe. The result is an escalating crisis, where we feel mentally foggy, scattered, and Research shows we are missing 50 percent of our lives. Why? Because we aren’t paying attention. From the constant buzz of your phone and the lure of your media feed to your unrelenting, all-encompassing, and evergrowing mental to-do list—the demands on your attention have never been so severe. The result is an escalating crisis, where we feel mentally foggy, scattered, and overwhelmed. Remarkably, the solution to our attention crisis has been right here in front of us the entire time. Acclaimed neuroscientist Amishi P. Jha, PhD, has dedicated her life’s work to understanding the science of attention at every level—from brain-imaging studies in the lab to field-testing soldiers, firefighters, athletes, healthcare and business professionals, and students. Her mission has been to scientifically determine how we can harness the full power of our attention to better meet all that life demands. Dr. Jha expertly guides readers through fascinating research, debunking common assumptions and offering stunning new insights into where presence and purpose really come from. Peak Mind reveals remarkably easy to adapt, flexible, 12-minute-a-day exercises to lift the mental fog, declutter the mind, and strengthen focus so that you can experience more of your life. About the author: Amishi P. Jha, Ph.D is professor of psychology and director of contemplative neuroscience at the University of Miami. She leads research on the neural bases of attention and the effects of mindfulness-based training programs on cognition, emotion, and resilience. She has spoken at TED.com, the World Economic Forum, and NATO, and has been covered by Scientific American, the New York Times, NPR, and Forbes.

30 review for Peak Mind: Find Your Focus, Own Your Attention, Invest 12 Minutes a Day

  1. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I generally star my reviews and move on due to the sheer number of books I go through as a librarian. However, this one got my attention after being contacted privately. I received an email on Sept 21, 2021 stating “We're reaching out to you because we noticed that you recently rated Peak Mind: Find Your Focus, Own Your Attention, Invest 12 Minutes a Day:..” and they wanted to verify that I actually meant to star it and not just add it to my shelves. Um, what? When I went to check, it turns out I I generally star my reviews and move on due to the sheer number of books I go through as a librarian. However, this one got my attention after being contacted privately. I received an email on Sept 21, 2021 stating “We're reaching out to you because we noticed that you recently rated Peak Mind: Find Your Focus, Own Your Attention, Invest 12 Minutes a Day:..” and they wanted to verify that I actually meant to star it and not just add it to my shelves. Um, what? When I went to check, it turns out I had rated it...3 months previously in June of 2021! To make it even more odd, the title’s description field now stated “NOTE: DUE TO BOOK UNAVAILABILITY PRIOR TO OCTOBER 19, 2021 RELEASE DATE, PUBLIC REVIEWS OFFERED PRIOR TO THIS DATE ARE NOT VALID.” I’ve no idea what the author or publisher or their rep is up to but, having been at this site for over 12 years now, let me tell you, this isn’t how it works. Any reader that receives ARC’s knows how this works and assuming we don’t is ridiculous and makes you look foolish. I actually wasted my time to check and yes, my feedback was sent through NetGalley in May 2021. My original rating was 2 stars. Since it took me longer than “Investing 12 minutes a Day” to uncover their shady behavior, it’s now 1 star.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Too much time is spent getting to the meat of the matter and too little nourishment is presented to make this read worth the time invested. A total disappointment! My thanks to NetGalley and Harper One for allowing me access to this book which I had hoped would be helpful. The book is scheduled for publication on 10/19/21. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are freely given.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fred Leland

    Outstanding Research and Book: Developing Awareness and Focus of Effort in Rapidly Changing and Uncertain Conditions The work and research in mindfulness written about in “Peak Mind” by Amishi Jha is something I believe will help cops (I am retired cop with 32 years and post retirement still training cops) make more effective decisions while handling crises on the street. Then work in this book is much needed In Policing in making them more effective and safe. I have been talking about mindfulnes Outstanding Research and Book: Developing Awareness and Focus of Effort in Rapidly Changing and Uncertain Conditions The work and research in mindfulness written about in “Peak Mind” by Amishi Jha is something I believe will help cops (I am retired cop with 32 years and post retirement still training cops) make more effective decisions while handling crises on the street. Then work in this book is much needed In Policing in making them more effective and safe. I have been talking about mindfulness making a big difference in preparing cops through better awareness over the past couple of years since I began using mindfulness techniques myself. This book has the research and science behind what my intuition and practice was showing me ( better awareness, better decisions, better courses of action, and better adaptability). I could go on but I will digress and just say, I am excited about this book and it’s benefits in making cops and those they serve more effective and safe. Thank you for all your efforts and for this book. In my humble opinion “Peak Mind” is a must read!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sam Moen

    I was excited after seeing the title and the mindfulness approach. There is nothing new to this book. It repeats mostly studies from other books. If this is your first time reading about meditation it would be a good place to start. Not much in practical advice and written by an academic. Too many words and got boring. I love the concept of this book and the overall message. When I saw it was 9 hours long on audible I should have trusted my instincts.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Keith Akers

    I've been doing meditation for decades now, and was already aware of the practices mentioned, which will also be quite familiar to many long-time Buddhist (and other) practitioners. I'd been following the meditation advice to follow your breath, and then if your mind wanders, to bring it back to your breath. BUT this book was really helpful in one key way. She points out that a "wandering mind" is NOT a defect in your attention abilities. It's a feature, and an important survival tool. It means I've been doing meditation for decades now, and was already aware of the practices mentioned, which will also be quite familiar to many long-time Buddhist (and other) practitioners. I'd been following the meditation advice to follow your breath, and then if your mind wanders, to bring it back to your breath. BUT this book was really helpful in one key way. She points out that a "wandering mind" is NOT a defect in your attention abilities. It's a feature, and an important survival tool. It means you probably won't get eaten because a tiger surprised you; you'll be constantly checking the outside world, mentally taking your focus away from whatever task you're working on to let it survey the immediate surroundings checking for signs of trouble. In other words, instead of trying to keep your focus on the breath (and feeling somehow inadequate if it wanders), try to keep bringing your naturally wandering mind back to your breath, and count it a success if you do bring it back. So we shouldn't curse our minds for their forgetfulness when they wander; rather we should praise our minds when you notice that it's wandered. So I was grateful to have this one piece of advice totally turned me around, and have the way your attention works --- and the things that degrade your attention as well --- spelled out in non-technical jargon. I was able to recognize, as "mindfulness based attention training," a number of types of Buddhist meditation, including Zen and Vipassana (and probably others, those are just the types I've heard of). Core practices include "Find your focus," i. e. bring your attention back to your breath; "body scan," i. e. mentally observe your body from bottom to top; and "river of thought," i. e. watching your thoughts, emotions, distractions, as they float through your mind, without getting caught up in them. She uses these techniques to deal with ADHD type symptoms when you just can't focus your mind on what you want to focus on. She devotes an entire chapter, early on, to "kryptonite," things that tend to damage your attention and cause you to lose your focus. Stress, poor mood, or threats are three especially volatile forms of kryptonite. One odd thing (from a Buddhist perspective, at least) is that she was using these techniques to help Marines do their job in the military! So obviously this techniques does not imply any particular type of morality of nonviolence. But she does cite one case where attention helped avert an accidental attack on civilians who had been misidentified as enemy military. So I don't see how meditation by itself gets you to the five Buddhist precepts, or any other particular ethical teaching, though obviously it probably helps you on such a path. Another odd thing is that she thinks that you can do this on only 12 minutes a day! Most meditation groups I've been to have meditation periods of 20, 25, or 30 minutes, or maybe even longer. One significant negative: there's no index.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Steve Brock

    As Stevo’s Novel Ideas, I am a long-time book reviewer, member of the media, an Influencer, and a content provider. I received this book as a free review copy from the publisher. I was not compensated for this review. This book was Stevo's Business Book of the Week for the week of 11/7, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet and Stevo's Novel Ideas. Are you here right now? Is your focus on this page? Or is it roaming elsewhere, to the past or future, to a worry, to your to-do list, As Stevo’s Novel Ideas, I am a long-time book reviewer, member of the media, an Influencer, and a content provider. I received this book as a free review copy from the publisher. I was not compensated for this review. This book was Stevo's Business Book of the Week for the week of 11/7, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet and Stevo's Novel Ideas. Are you here right now? Is your focus on this page? Or is it roaming elsewhere, to the past or future, to a worry, to your to-do list, or to your phone? Jha helps us maintain our focus and concentration for longer periods of time with 12-minute exercises that increase the brain's ability to stay attentive to our immediate surroundings. Most important to me are those which help me be a better listener. Instead of fighting with distractions, she tells me to "pay attention to my attention" by practicing mindfulness techniques that have a high rate of success. This is a great resource that I will be referring to again and again. Find more Business Books of the Week on my Goodreads Listopia page at https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/9..., and find many more recommended books on my Amazon Influencer page at https://www.amazon.com/shop/stevo4747 or by searching for me on Google.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Good book with real practice applications and guiding activities woven in. A little repetitive but a good read. The back of book has a sample guide with meditation and awareness activities.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Bennet

    Some interesting ideas, but really, really needed more editing - Would be a much better book at half the length. TLDR - Mindfulness meditation is the only thing they tested that will improve your focus, minimum effective does is 12 minutes / day for 4 weeks.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Julia Hotmer

    Peak written by Amishi Tsa is an amazing book and one that hones in on the behind the scenes explanations as to how our brains function and what are the key components of mindfulness and focus. Amishi walks you through techniques on how to improve your focus, that are easy for everyone to try. I heard Amishi Tsa on Joe Rogan's Podcast recently and had to immediately run out to get the Audio Book. This book will not disappoint anyone that is interested in improving their focus, resulting in obtai Peak written by Amishi Tsa is an amazing book and one that hones in on the behind the scenes explanations as to how our brains function and what are the key components of mindfulness and focus. Amishi walks you through techniques on how to improve your focus, that are easy for everyone to try. I heard Amishi Tsa on Joe Rogan's Podcast recently and had to immediately run out to get the Audio Book. This book will not disappoint anyone that is interested in improving their focus, resulting in obtaining your Peak mindfulness.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kim Coenen

    Voor het lezen: De mooi vormgegeven cover van dit trekt gelijk je aandacht. De gestileerde golven aan de boven en onderzijde met in het midden van de cover groot en duidelijk de titel, ondertitel en naam van de schrijfster van het boek. De achtergrond hiervan is een textuur van papier te zien. Dit in combinatie met de verzadigde kleuren die precies passend op elkaar zijn afgestemd. Dit zorgt bij mij voor extra aantrekkingskracht tot het willen lezen van het boek. Op de achterzijde loopt datzelfde Voor het lezen: De mooi vormgegeven cover van dit trekt gelijk je aandacht. De gestileerde golven aan de boven en onderzijde met in het midden van de cover groot en duidelijk de titel, ondertitel en naam van de schrijfster van het boek. De achtergrond hiervan is een textuur van papier te zien. Dit in combinatie met de verzadigde kleuren die precies passend op elkaar zijn afgestemd. Dit zorgt bij mij voor extra aantrekkingskracht tot het willen lezen van het boek. Op de achterzijde loopt datzelfde papier structuur door en is goed en duidelijk de beschrijvende tekst van het boek te lezen, vergezeld met een foto van Amishi Jha. De beschrijvende tekst maken mij alleen nog maar meer nieuwsgierig naar het boek. Tijdens het lezen: We volgen de weg die Amishi aflegt naar van het moment dat Amishi tot de conclusie komt dat je haar aandacht en focus op dingen die voor haar belangrijk zijn volledig kwijt is en heel veel dingen in haar leven gebeuren zonder dat ze hier bewust iets van mee maakt. Haar leven wil ze zo laten en onderzoeken of ze iets kan veranderen aan haar manier van aandacht op de dingen. Amishi start verschillende onderzoeken en stuit met enige toeval op Mindfullness. Haar verhaal heeft een hele persoonlijke twist gecombineerd met de wetenschappelijke onderzoeken en wetenschappelijke studies, deze combinatie maakt het boek erg prettig leesbaar en begrijpelijk. Ze weet haar onderzoeken ook zo te verwoorden dat het voor iedereen te volgen is. Conclusie: Dit boek heeft zeker op heel veel verschillende vlakken mijn ogen weten te openen, ondanks dat ik al vele boeken over persoonlijke ontwikkeling en mindfulness heb verslonden. Dit boek was erg verrassend en leerzaam. Amishi weet haar reis door de vele van onderzoeken en wetenschappelijke studies zo te beschrijven dat het vlot en prettig leest. Ze weet dingen heel begrijpelijk en duidelijk te verwoorden. Wat ook erg leuk is, is dat er tussendoor verschillende mindfulness oefeningen worden uitgelegd waarover net de kennis is gegeven. Hierdoor kan je met de opgedane kennis en het waarom gelijk zelf aan de slag. Ondanks dat ik al enige jaren met mindfulness en ontspanningsoefeningen bezig ben, heeft dit boek zeker mijn kennis weten te verruimen. Door dit boek weet ik nu waarom bepaalde dingen wel en niet werken en hoe dat het beste resultaat te bereiken is. Het boek wordt afgesloten met de 8 weken meest effectieve wetenschappelijk aangetoonde manier om met mindfulness aan de slag te gaan. De strijd om aandacht te trainen en de strijd om het vermogen dat je in staat stelt om het leven echt te leven. Met mindfulness kan je deze strijd winnen. Amishi heeft me absoluut weten te overtuigen met dit boek. Ik ben dan ook van plan om met haar 8 weken cursus aan de slag te gaan en ook mijn strijd om echt het leven te gaan leven aan te gaan! Ik raad echt iedereen dit boek aan. Hoe druk bestaan je ook is en vooral dan, ik weet zeker dat dit boek je kijk op je aandacht en de manier hoe je je leven beleeft zal veranderen.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sadie-Jane Alexis Nunis

    🌟🌟💫 What obviously started with good intentions, ended up falling flat. There were some decent parts, I enjoyed it when she shared about personal stories, etc. The irony was that to finally get to the tail end when it covered ways to invest, it took way too long to get there and focus went elsewhere.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristine Thurston

    Antidote to the Current Moment & our other moments. I liked that the book had a strong focus—improving our attention and awareness. Between stress about Covid and too much Zoom, my attention feels completely shot on many days. I’d let my meditation practice weaken over time. This book has motivated me to strengthen it once again.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jan Hrdina

    Very well put together and well written - oscillating between research results, interesting real-life stories and straight-to-the-point meditation excercices. After all the "spiritual" books, it was this super-skeptical evidence-based one that finally convinced me to give a chance to the regular daily meditation. Very well put together and well written - oscillating between research results, interesting real-life stories and straight-to-the-point meditation excercices. After all the "spiritual" books, it was this super-skeptical evidence-based one that finally convinced me to give a chance to the regular daily meditation.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Costanza Alessio

    Definitely a must read!! An accessible way to learn about the science behind meditation and the changes it can bring in everyday life. Highly recommended for everyone, from expert meditators to people who are just getting started.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This is an excellent book! It’s really well written and researched. I first heard about the book through an interview and wanted to know more about what it takes to have a peak mind. I was not disappointed and I cannot wait to get working on my mind’s ability to focus and grow!

  16. 4 out of 5

    AMAN SHARMA

    This book can be summarized in one page. After halfway through the book, I lost interest and jumped straight to the exercises which are itself not new. Anyone which some exposure to meditation practices will be aware of these practices. I was reading it for more deterministic scientific findings.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anti Erisalu

    You'll have to start from somewhere, do the half of the time you want to do for starters. You'll have to start from somewhere, do the half of the time you want to do for starters.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cori Widen

    I’ll spare you the meandering: mindfulness practice positively influences focus and attention. So do that.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tyson Gaylord

    If you're looking for a way to get the most out of your life, this is the book you want. If you're looking for a way to get the most out of your life, this is the book you want.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Philip

    I highly recommend this book. I read the book and reiterated it by listening to the audible. It’s unfortunate that the author did not read the audio version book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nobuto Ito

  22. 5 out of 5

    Blaine Buxton

  23. 4 out of 5

    Edelhart Kempeneers

  24. 4 out of 5

    Khashayar Rafatzand

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tim Hool

  26. 5 out of 5

    Paul Vittay

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michael Bevin

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jen

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad

  30. 5 out of 5

    Eliott Senechal

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