Search Inside Yourself

Chad-Ment TanSearch Inside Yourself is a popular course at Google and it is also a book describing the course. It was written by Google’s “Jolly Good Fellow,” Chad-Meng Tan, usually called Meng.

Meng is associated with The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and

The course and the book take the ideas of mindfulness meditation and combines them with the wisdom of emotional intelligence. This combination provides a set of tools that anyone can use to become calm and master of their emotions. It takes the best of neuroscience, emotional intelligence, and meditation and mindfulness and presents them in a way that anyone can follow.

Meng called upon Zen Master Zoketsu Norman Fischer, Marc Lesser, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard, neuroscientist Philippe Goldin, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Richie Davidson, Daniel Goleman, and others to help design the course. He was also inspired by the Dalai Lama and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in this vast undertaking.

It amuses me that of the 16 videos on the Search Inside Yourself website a total of 8 have already been presented to you on Meditation Practices for Healing and Well-being. These are the same videos on Search Inside Yourself with the titles that I have chosen for them.

  • Daniel Siegel: Daniel Siegel Talks About Mindsight – This interactive talk examines two major questions: “What is the mind?” and “How can we create a healthy mind?” We’ll examine the interactions among the mind, the brain, and human relationships and explore ways to create a healthy mind, an integrated brain, and mindful, empathic relationships.
  • Philippe Goldin: Meditation Practices: How Do They Affect The Brain? – Philippe examines the effect of mindfulness meditation practice on the brain systems in which psychological functions such as attention, emotional reactivity, emotion regulation, and self-view are instantiated.
  • Richie Davidson: Meditation Can Change Your Brain – Richie explores recent scientific research on the neuroscience of positive human qualities and how they can be cultivated through contemplative practice.
  • Daniel Goleman: Daniel Goleman On Emotional Intelligence – Daniel Goleman discusses the basics and importance of emotional intelligence and his book “Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships.”
  • Philippe Goldin: Many Types of Mindfulness Meditation – The ability to recognize and work with different emotions is fundamental to psychological flexibility and well-being. Neuroscience has contributed to the understanding of the neural bases of emotion, emotion regulation, and emotional intelligence, and has begun to elucidate the brain mechanisms involved in emotion processing. Of great interest is the degree to which these mechanisms demonstrate neuroplasticity in both anatomical and functional levels of the brain.
  • Matthieu Ricard: Matthieu Ricard On Happiness – If happiness is an inner state, influenced by external conditions but not dependent on them, how can we achieve it? Ricard examines the inner and outer factors that increase or diminish our sense of well-being, dissect the underlying mechanisms of happiness, and lead us to a way of looking at the mind itself.
  • Jon Kabat-ZinnStress Reduction with Mindfulness – In this session, Jon Kabat-Zinn, one of the world’s leading experts on the science of mindfulness meditation, leads a discussion on meditation and a meditation practice.
  • Jon Kabat-ZinnMBSR And Healing – Jon describes the revolution in medicine that has integrated the mind back into the body and developed a remarkable range of practices for integrating one’s experience, reducing stress, healing the body, coping more effectively with emotions such as anxiety, anger, and depression, and cultivating greater well-being and happiness.

Click here for more information about the other videos on the Search Inside Yourself book website. The descriptions are taken from there.

With all this overlap, doesn’t it make sense for me to collaborate with Search Inside Yourself? What do you think after reading this article?

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