Spiritual Practices for the Brain

by Anne Kertz Kernion

Anne will be leading a FREE virtual Book Club through Loyola Press, beginning Wednesday night, October 21, 8-9 pm EST. It will be based on four chapters of the book. (See schedule on right.) She will begin each one hour session with a short reflection, and then break into small groups to discuss a few questions. If you'd like to take part, here's the link to register.


  • Week 1, October 21: Taking a Breath, Paying Attention
  • Week 2, October 28: Understanding Meditation
  • Week 3, November 3: Living with Gratitude
  • Week 4, November 11: Discovering Self-Compassion
  • Caring for Mind, Body, and Soul

    For centuries, spiritual and meditative practices have helped people become more calm, focused, and happy. Christian saints such as John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila encouraged habits of the heart and soul. Now we know that such habits benefit the whole person. In Spiritual Practices for the Brain, Anne Kertz Kernion relies on the most current research to link spiritual practices to improved health. Relying on her education and experience in brain development, positive psychology, and theology, Anne is able to relate seemingly simple practices such as focused breathing, gardening, practicing kindness, or going for a walk with powerful results for your mind, body, and soul. Her presentation is friendly and readable, and each chapter explores a specific topic such as the Breath, Gratitude, and Self-Compassion, and includes simple practices for readers to try.

    Excerpt from the Forward:
    "Anne's words stand at the intersection of a time in history when change rules the roost but offers timeless and new ways of looking at ourselves, our faith, and the wider world. In this delightful book, I encountered new ways of approaching spirituality, neuroscience, and the natural world in a seamless and thoughtful way. Anne is a master at weaving a tapestry of complex thought that comes together in a simple and accessible quilt of ideas stitched together with care. If you are searching for a place to enter the conversation on spirituality, or are a veteran seeking to lean on new insights from the world of science and research, Spiritual Practices for the Brain is a book you will savor. You will find that it stands the test of time as it threads the needle on practices old and new that can nourish and energize our faith lives."

    ~ Julianne Stanz, Director of Parish Life and Evangelization, Diocese of Green Bay

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    Spiritual Practices for the Brain

    Nourish your well-being with practices drawn from neuroscience, psychology and spirituality, including tips to become less stressed and more mindful of the gifts in each day.

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