Altered Traits by Daniel Goleman & Richard J. Davidson

The subtitle to this book: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body

Part of my seemingly neverending quest to find the "source" that will convince my teeming brain to commit to a meditation practice--this was not the source and my brain continues its path of resistance. 

This is not to say that this book did not increase my understanding and value of medition as it certainly did, however, this is not a book about how to meditate, it is instead a book that compiles the evidence and body of research that exists to support the benefit of starting and maintaining a meditation practice. Easily readable and certainly does an excellent job at neutrally examining the facts and research study results.

It does a good job of explaining the Default Mode Network, the somewhat recently discovered neural network that is responsible for "telling our story", a narrative from the "I" perspective, a pathway that seems to be running on a nonstop loop. For myself, I am hoping to find the "source" that will help me to meditate in a sustainable manner that shuts down my DFM for any amount of time.

Fair Game by Valerie Plame Wilson

In honor of 2024's international Woman's Month I decided to devote some reading time to some unsung females and their often heroic contributions to history--even if most of their accomplishments were often shoved "under the rug".

The subtitle to this book is "How a Top CIA Agent Was Betrayed by Her Own Government", a book in which the author "sets the record straight with her unvarnished account of the personal and international consequences of speaking the truth to power." She and her husband, Ambassador Joe Wilson, got caught up in the aftermath of 9/11 and "Weapons of Mass Destruction" witchhunt as it soon became apparent that Iraq didn't have any such weapons. The Bush administration, especially, Karl Rove, were looking scapegoats...and found them in Valerie and Joe.

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