~ Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha’s Brain, Hardwiring Happiness, and Just One Thing
“Michael Taft is a gifted teacher of mindfulness with an impressive track record of helping people get results. As one of my senior facilitators withover 30 years of practice experience, he has a comprehensiveunderstanding of meditative traditions and practices, and is able totranslate that into science-friendly, secular language. I recommend himwholeheartedly.”
~ Shinzen Young, meditation teacher and author of The Science of Enlightenment
“Michael has a deep understanding of meditation practice and its underpinnings,and manifests the wisdom and compassion that comes from this. He is also a skilled listener which is an important complement to these othercritical components.”
~ Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness & associateprofessor in Medicine & Psychiatry at UMass Medical School
“Michael Taft’s deep expertise shines through in this engaging and compassionate guide to meditation. The Mindful Geek is aninvaluable resource forbeginners or anyone wanting to take theirpractice to the next level.”
~ Sandra Aamodt, PhD, author of Welcome to Your Brain and Welcome to Your Child’s Brain
“Michael possesses a rare combination of talents. First, he has decades ofexperience, which allows him to teach from a place of great depth and to directly speak to the many different ways a student can come topractice. Second, he is at the forefront of brain and emotion scienceand is able to speak about contemplative practices to smart, skepticalstudents. Finally, he has deep practice experiences in multiple wisdomtraditions, which allows his secular viewpoint to be not becomeuntethered from the foundation and heart of how mindfulness has beenpracticed throughout history. “
~ Bill Duane, Superintendent of Well Being at Google
“I have known Michael Taft for fifteen years and have seen him teachvarious meditation classes as well as academic classes in the Department of Religion and Asian Studies at Vassar College. Michael is a trulyaccomplished teacher with a skill set that spans and integrates AsianBuddhist and Hindu tradition with Western Neuroscience and contemporarypractices of Mindfulness in corporate as well as personal contexts.”
~ Rick Jarow, PhD, Professor of Religion at Vassar College and author of The Ultimate Anti-Career Guide.
From the Author
My intention in writing this book was simple: You shouldn’t have to join a religion to get the benefits of meditation.
By treating mindfulness as a scientifically-based, psychologicaltechnique, you can learn mindfulness meditation without having tobelieve in reincarnation, karma, or other mystical ideas. You canmaintain a powerful, regular, and deeply effective meditation practiceand stay well within the boundaries of science and common sense.
That is because meditation doesn’t require you to believe in it to work.Like any good technology, if you use it correctly, it will do the jobreliably whether you believe in it or not. And–make nomistake–meditation is a kind of technology; a technology for hackingthe human wetware to improve your life. This book is a practical,hands-on, step-by-step manual about how to make the most of thattechnology for yourself.
About the Author
Michael W. Taft is an author, editor, meditation teacher, andneuroscience junkie. He is currently a meditation coach specializing insecular, science-based meditation training in corporate settings andone-on-one sessions. Michael is the author of several books, includingthe upcoming The Mindful Geek, and Nondualism: A Brief History of a Timeless Concept, Ego (which he co-authored), as well as the editor of such books as Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson and the upcoming The Science of Enlightenment by Shinzen Young.
Michael has taught at Google and has worked on curriculum developmentfor SIYLI. He is also an official advisor to the TherapeuticNeuroscience Lab. He was previously editor-in-chief of Being Human, asite for exploring what evolution, neuroscience, biology, psychology,archeology, and technology can tell us about the human condition, andwas editorial director of Sounds True.
From Zen temples in Japanto yogi caves in India, Michael W. Taft has been meditating for overthirty years and has extensive experience in both Buddhist and Hindupractice. Michael is a senior facilitator in Shinzen Young’s BasicMindfulness system, and is a teacher at Against the Stream BuddhistMeditation Society. He currently lives in Berkeley, California, and isfounding editor of the popular mindfulness meditation blog Deconstructing Yourself.