Best Spirituality Book for Depression: The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience: Audiobook and Course Guidebook by Andrew Newberg
The Spiritual Brain is about the connection between spirituality and the human brain.
Can this book help me overcome depression?
Does it address depression specifically? What does it say that can help?
No, but it discusses the specific ways that spirituality affects your brain, and how to use spirituality to create different neuropathways–pathways for better-feeling thoughts.
“Prayer causes a specific pattern of activity in the brain—a pattern that can be detected by scanning technology . . .” This is what researchers found during a 1993 study of nuns practicing their so-called “centering prayer.”
Different spiritual practices affect the brain activity differently (cause activity in different parts of the brain). But general affects are similar.
“Prayer and meditation result in decreased heart rate and blood pressure, increased heart rate oscillation, decreased body metabolism, and hormonal changes. In addition, they result in increased serotonin, dopamine, and GABA and decreased cortisone and epinephrine.”
The book also briefly discusses the history of religion. “The first evidence of religious activity appears with the Neanderthals, who lived 20,000 to 100,000 years ago. Neanderthals had a much larger brain than prior human ancestors; particularly the cortex, or the outer part of the brain, was responsible for much of the higher thought processes.”
To what degree do you think it can help me overcome depression?
Depression effectiveness rating: 5 on a scale of 1-10
Where can I find it?
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