On writing her new book with a monk and a neuroscientist…
It’s pretty much a look at everything I wanted to know about. Like are we what evolution hoped we would be? Or where did it go wrong, and how come everybody is still reading these self-help books? The interesting thing about neuroscience and Buddhism is that they agree on the idea of your reality being problematic. There isn’t a ‘channel you’ that you can really trust. If you harp on your negative past, that becomes embedded in your brain and becomes who you are right now. I’m the first to say my childhood was horrifying, but if you keep repeating that story it defines who you are right now.
Everybody should understand this word – which recognises that the brain is always changing and being trained. It’s as important as knowing that the world is not flat. If people don’t understand that their brains can change, we’re doomed. You need to understand that you make the world, so change your brain and your world will change. This isn’t airy-fairy; it’s science!
Ruby’s new book, ‘How to be Human: The Manual’ is now available from Penguin Life.
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