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Bridging the Science and Practice of Mindfulness

By Deborah Norris, Ph.D.

Don’t just survive, live IN THE FLOW 

Stress is ubiquitous. The pace of life has accelerated, and we’re all searching for ways to break free from the rapids of racing minds, taxing work days, family demands, and physical and mental health challenges.

Often, this stress has been building for years, slowly eroding our perception of control. Other times, we simply look up to find ourselves struggling in a phase of transition without familiar ground to hold onto. No matter the cause of your stress, it’s time to resolve the struggle and return to serenity. 

IN THE FLOW: BRIDGING THE SCIENCE AND PRACTICE OF MINDFULNESS presents the use of meditation to create a beautiful, thriving life of contentment and ease. 

In the Flow by Dr. Deborah Norris is the most outstanding book on meditation published to date. The book is authoritative, complete, and readable. What is most amazing is the readability of this excellent text, as well as being complete in its scientific basis and its experiential relevance. Dr. Norris has also freed meditation from the mythological and the traditional religious frames of reference. Nonetheless this book brings forth a sense of spirituality that is profoundly human and exquisitely compassionate. Moreover this book is original in its sophisticated understanding of contemporary neuroscience and perceptual psychology, bringing forth and expanding the boundaries of our understanding and skills in meditation. This knowledge is presented in such an accessible and informative manner. Dr. Norris is a master teacher who teaches through this book the mastery of meditation. Her presentation is not repetitious of the same old simplistic themes that are relentlessly narrated in so many mindfulness texts. Importantly, her understanding of the subtle process of meditational knowingness is most useful for the psychotherapist who wishes to understand the process of meditation, and wishes to be able to use the benefits of meditation with their patients. Mindfulness is more often than not presented in such a simplistic frame that the power of meditation is hidden. This book brings forth the vast hidden neuropsychology of this dramatic skill of meditation. I recommend this book for everyone who wishes to deepen their knowledge and skill in meditative awareness. I am so happy to see that In the Flow is a direct and clear doorway into meditative experience.

Rudolph Bauer, Ph.D. Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology

Washington Center for Consciousness Studies and the Washington Center for Phenomenological and Existential Psychotherapy Studies.

More than a how-to meditation book;

IN THE FLOW introduces several profound scientific theories on the use of meditation for transforming the mind and, ultimately, your life. By integrating recently discovered information on the physical and psychological effects of meditation with existing understandings of the brain’s inner workings, IN THE FLOW presents insightful new theories that explain how meditation enables emotional regulation and the creation of your ideal life. 

Throughout IN THE FLOW, you will discover: 

  • How to establish a maintain a mindfulness practice that works for you 
  • How the brain regulates behavior, thoughts, and emotions 
  • How to let go of stress, anxiety, and trauma, so you find and embrace joy 
  • How mindfulness practices are working to relieve pain 
  • How to cultivate greater self-awareness and fulfillment 

Through a breadth of scientific evidence, poetic deftness, and compelling personal stories, you will come to understand that personal experience is the true teacher and that you, as you are now, have the profound ability to transform your life and get back in the flow. 


"As soon as I finished reading the book, I turned back to the first page to reread it again."

"I read your book and found it simply excellent. I’ve rated it 5 stars on Amazon and left a review there too. I am recommending it to all my clients and to all my Georgetown coaching program alumni colleagues. Really a very useful book for everyone!"

About the Author:
Dr. Deborah Norris, Ph.D.

Deborah Norris, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized mindfulness leader, bridging the scientific basis and the energetic experience of mindfulness. A neuroscientist by training, she has taught and conducted research at Georgetown University Medical School, American University, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, among others. She is Founder and Director of both the Psychobiology of Healing program at American University and The Mindfulness Center, headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. She has been a keynote presenter at the National Institutes of Health and other national and international conferences. An esteemed and inspiring speaker, her teaching is known for being as profound and effective as it is simple and healing.