"Dr. Jha brilliantly blends cutting-edge science, compelling stories, and strong practical instructions--the perfect antidote for our distracted over-busy times." -- Jack Kornfield, bestselling author of The Wise Heart
Research shows we are missing 50% of our lives. Why? Because we aren’t paying attention.
From the constant buzz of your phone, the lure of your media feed, to your unrelenting, all-encompassing, and ever growing 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 a lab to field testing soldiers, athletes, students, and firefighters. 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 the reader 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.
“Dr. Jha brilliantly blends cutting-edge science, compelling stories, and strong practical instructions--the perfect antidote for our distracted over-busy times."
— Jack Kornfield, bestselling author of The Wise Heart
“Proven practices to take control of our focus and become our best selves. A must read for our distracted times.”
— Daniel Goleman, author of #1 NYTimes Bestseller Emotional Intelligence
"Thriving starts with our attention and what we do with it. In Peak Mind, Amishi Jha combines the science of attention with compelling stories from those in high stakes professions to show us all how to be more present in our lives so that we can unlock our full potential."
— Ariana Huffington, author of #1 New York Times Bestseller Thrive
“For a while now I’ve thought of experiences we long for, like love and connection, as emergent properties of how we pay attention. Attention is the key factor in moving beyond just living mechanically into a life of clarity and joy. Dr. Jha brilliantly shows us how that can be so, offering a clear and useful path to paying attention differently.”
— Sharon Salzberg, author of New York Times Bestseller, Real Happiness
“Peak Mind delivers crucial insights about the human mind along with practical, accessible tools to enhance it. With clarity and skill, Amishi Jha brings you into the lab to learn how attention works, why it's essential for well-being, and how it can be trained to reach your greatest potential. Required reading for our modern world!”
— Wendy Hasenkamp, PhD, Science Director, Mind & Life Institute
In Peak Mind, Amishi Jha offers a brilliant guide for training our attention with mindful awareness and maximizing our human potential. You will learn the science behind mindfulness, and well-researched strategies that promote resilience against stress, and increased mental focus, creativity, clarity and strength. The true gift is the capacity to be fully here—present and engaged in your relationships and your life.
— Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance
About the Author:
Amishi P. Jha, PhD is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami, where she serves as the Director of Contemplative Neuroscience for the Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative. She leads research on the neural bases of attention and the effects of mindfulness-based training programs on cognition, emotion and resilience. Her work has been featured at TED.com, the World Economic Forum, NATO, the Pentagon, NYTimes, NPR, Forbes, Time, Newsweek.