PART FOUR: OUR
PEACE OF MIND
Jill Bolte Taylor
The happiness industry is booming. And with good reason
- everyone wants to be happy. Today, science can light the way. Brain
researcher Richard Davidson can sum it up quickly: learn to meditate.
Davidson's research studying the brains of longtime Buddhist monks has
discovered that most of the time, the brain that meditates is a happy
brain. And a Harvard-trained neuro-scientist finds nirvana in the devastation
of a stroke.
Harvard trained brain scientist Jill Bolte Taylor
found an unusual path to growth. She describes her stroke, the weird
euphoria it caused and her long process of recovery in her book, "My
Stroke of Insight," and in this conversation with Anne Strainchamps.
Also, Richard Davidson is a neuro-psychologist at the University
of Wisconsin-Madison and a longtime friend of the Dalai Lama. He tells
Steve Paulson about observing contemplatives with a brain scanner. And
we learn what Seneca thought was the secret of happiness.
We hear a round-up of some of the latest research into
happiness, from economist Richard Layard, and psychologists Robert
Biswas-Diener and Sonja Lyubormirsky. And an Islamic mystic's
take on the secret of happiness. Also, Satish Kumar, a former
Jain monk and follower of Ghandi, tells Steve Paulson that the secret
to a stress-free life is to take it at a walking pace. Kumar is the
author of "The Buddha and the Terrorist" and editor of the
eco-spiritual magazine, "Resurgence."
Richard Schoch is the author of "The Secrets
of Happiness: Three Thousand Years of Searching for the Good Life."
He tells Jim Fleming that the way we think about happiness today is
a thin, watery version of a deep and complex subject. Also, we're giving
the last word on happiness to the great American soul singer Al Green.
He's spent his life testifying on stage and in the pulpit to the power
of grace, love and happiness. Al Green talks with Steve Paulson, and
of course, we hear him sing.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 09-04-12-A.
- -Kronos Quartet Our Beginning on
their CD Pieces of Africa. (Elektra Nonesuch)
- -Bond Hymn, on their CD Born
- Man, Charlie Brown. (1999 Broadway revival cast
- - California Guitar Trio, Arroyo, from
their CD Pathways. (DGM)
- -Kronos Quartet, White Man Sleeps, from
the CD Pieces of Africa
- -California Guitar Trio, Kaleidoscope,
from the CD Pathways
- -Ustad Usman Khan, Beauty in Simplicity,
from the CD Journey in Dream (New Earth Records)
- -Bobby McFerrin, title track from the CD Dont
Worry, Be Happy (Collectables)
- -Al Green, selections from his 2008 CD Lay It
Down (Blue Note Records)
week of 12/27/2009 - hour 2
week of 04/12/2009 - hour 1
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