Rewire Your Brain For Love
Creating Vibrant Relationships Using the Science of Mindfulness
By Marsha Lucas
(Hay House, Hardcover, 9781401931612)
Publication Date: February 1, 2012
On the way to finding and creating vibrant, successful relationships, too many of us end up tangled in the same old patterns, tripped up by relationship habits that get in our way whether we “know better” or not.
In Rewire Your Brain for Love, neuropsychologist and psychotherapist Marsha Lucas, PhD, helps you untangle those relationship snarls, bringing together the latest neuroscience with a practice consistently heralded by top academic institutions for its effectiveness in changing the brain: the practice of mindfulness meditation.
Dr. Lucas’s clear, unintimidating, often laugh-out-loud style invites you to explore how the brain functions in relationships, helping you understand how your current relationship wiring developed and showing you how you can rewire your relationship brain through mindfulness meditation.
A down-to-earth therapist and self-described neuroscience geek, Dr. Lucas has written a chapter-by-chapter guide with compassion, wisdom, and humor. In Rewire Your Brain for Love, she takes you on a journey through seven high-voltage relationship benefits—everything from keeping your fear from running the show to cultivating healthy, balanced empathy—and offers specific mindfulness practices to help bring those benefits into your life.
With a few minutes of practice a day, you can change the way you interact with everyone around you . . . especially those closest to you. You can transform your brain from an enemy to an ally in all matters of the heart, creating more loving communication, building emotional resilience, and reducing overreactivity—not to mention enjoying better sex.
You don’t have to become a monk, or a vegetarian, or spend hours contemplating your navel—you just need to update the relationship wiring of your brain. The simple practice of mindfulness can help get you there, with Dr. Lucas showing you how.
Marsha Lucas, PhD., is a licensed psychologist and neuropsychologist, and has been practicing psychotherapy and studying the brain-behavior relationship for nearly twenty years. Prior to entering private practice, she was a neuropsychologist on the faculty at the Emory University School of Medicine.
She fell in love with interpersonal neurobiology in a conference room full of 750 other people—finding herself getting some odd looks when she had tears of joy rolling down her face at the mention of the anterior cingulate and the insula in the same sentence as “greater empathy.” She appreciates the integration of mindfulness, neuroscience, and relationships as a perfect confluence of many of the previously unintegrated aspects of her life.
Dr. Lucas maintains a clinical private practice in Washington, D.C. She lives in suburban D.C. with her husband, Duncan Krieger, their son, Gabriel, and their dog, Bodhi Tzedakah.
discoveries in neurobiology and psychology with time-honored practices from
ancient wisdom traditions to help us navigate the challenges of intimate relationships.
A delightful must-read for anyone wanting to get along better with other people."
-- Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology,
Harvard Medical School; author of The Mindfulness Solution
"Rewire Your Brain for Love is delightfully engaging and easy to read.
Everyone will find something life-enhancing inside these pages."
-- Christiane Northrup, MD, author of the New York Times bestsellers Women's Bodies,
Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
"Honest, warmhearted, and funny. Marsha Lucas explains neuroscience in plain
English and gives us a wonderful introduction to mindfulness meditation and its benefits."
-- Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness
"Marsha Lucas takes the mystery out of two mysterious subjects--the inner
workings of our brains and the successful pursuit of true love. She's a wise and funny cupid, bringing together our hearts and minds as she explains
amygdalas and anxiety, frontal lobes and commitment-phobes."
-- Priscilla Warner, author of Learning to Breathe
"Each of us has the potential to live with an open, loving heart.
This book shows us how meditation awakens our capacity for increased
presence, intimacy, and understanding in our relationships."
-- Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance
"Anyone who struggles with garden-variety anxiety about love, all the
way up to full-blown phobia, should read this book, more than once. And it
should be dog-eared and well worn on every therapist's reference shelf."
-- Belleruth Naparstek, LISW, author of Invisible Heroes and
creator of the Health Journeys guided imagery series
"This book is like having a best friend who is both savvy
about the brain and a world-class therapist."
-- Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha's Brain
"Rewire Your Brain for Love is a smart and reader-friendly
guide for an exciting journey through our hearts and brains."
-- Louis Cozolino, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Pepperdine University;
author of The Neuroscience of Human Relationships