Peak Mind: Find Your Focus, Own Your Attention, Invest 12 Minutes A Day

Sharon Salzberg & Jack Kornfield in Conversation with Amishi P. Jha


An Evening Book Event, Conversation and Q&A
Friday, October 22, 2021, 7:00 – 8:30 PM ET

Acclaimed neuroscientist, Dr. Amishi Jha, reveals that our attention system is a hidden superpower that enables us to function at maximum capacity despite anxiety and stress, achieve more, maintain healthier relationships and be engaged for all the moments of our lives. Research shows we are missing 50% of our lives. Why? Because we aren’t paying attention. From the constant buzz of our phones, the lure of our social media feed, to our unrelenting, all-encompassing and ever-growing mental to-do list, the demands on our attention have never been so severe. The result is an escalating crisis where we feel mentally foggy, scattered, anxious and overwhelmed yet unable to resist the pull of another attention-seeking email, zoom call, ad, message or notification.

Dr. Jha says that we actually use 100% of our attention at every waking moment, but what she discovered is that unless we create room in our minds through specific and targeted daily practices, we will have little to no control over what takes our attention throughout the day and we will continue to experience what she calls ‘attention degradation’.

In Peak Mind, Dr. Jha presents her in-depth research that concludes that it is only through mindfulness training that we can hope to improve our attention and performance. So she honed, researched and field-tested the minimum amount of time to be applied that would be an effective dose which she found to be a practice that lasts no more than 12 minutes a day.

Peak Mind offers new tools to harness attention to improve our brain health and even offers us new insights into where presence and purpose really come from. These are remarkably easy-to-follow, flexible 12 minute-a-day exercises that train us to declutter the mind and strengthen our focus so that we can experience being more present in our life.

This evening world-renowned teacher of meditation Sharon Salzberg will converse with Dr. Amishi Jha about her new book. Peak Mind. She will share with us how this approach can help us to focus without all the struggle, lose interest in distractions, and start to function at a peak state of mind.

Each ticket includes your own hardcover book Peak Mind. The book will be mailed after the event to participants with the current U.S. mailing address. We cannot mail the book internationally. Please allow 2 – 4 weeks for delivery.

If you are joining us from outside of the U.S., we have an option for you, please email to hello@opencenter.org before registering for the event.

Note: This program will be offered online. Sessions of all our online programs will be recorded and shared with registrants after each is completed for 90 days.


  • Prerequisites: N/A
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“Peak Mind is a must-have guide to experiencing every moment of our lives. Equipping us with easy-to-follow exercises based in the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience, Dr. Amishi Jha reveals the unfiltered joy of paying attention.” Goldie Hawn

“How easy it is to lose your mind just in those critical moments when you need it most. Here is a friendly and compelling way to not only get it back but to optimize it for life—your own and those with whom you share this world. Suffused with Amishi’s rare talent for making rigorous science commonsensical, her exquisite clarity as both a researcher and teacher, her own experiences with life’s sometimes rending challenges, and her personal meditation practice, this book can catapult you into living fully the life that is yours to live while you have the chance.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn, Founder of MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction), author of Full Catastrophe Living and Mindfulness for All

“Dr. Jha brilliantly blends cutting-edge science, compelling stories, and strong practical instructions–the perfect antidote for our distracted over-busy times.” – Jack Kornfield, bestselling author of The Wise Heart

“Clear, illuminating and filled with practices that will strengthen your attention, open your awareness, and cultivate compassionate connections within yourself and in your relationships with others, this is a treasure trove of insights and exercises to enrich our lives!”  – Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., author of New York Times bestseller Aware

“In Peak Mind, Amishi Jha, a leading brain scientist explains how attention works and how to build it back up to uplift ourselves, our souls and our nation.” Congressman Tim Ryan, author of Healing America

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Peak Mind: Find Your Focus, Own Your Attention, Invest 12 Minutes A Day

  • 1 Session(s)
  • Oct 22 2021 7:00 PM ET





Amishi Jha, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the University of Miami. She serves as the Director of Contemplative Neuroscience for the Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative, which she co-founded in 2010.

Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation and a world-renowned teacher and author. She is the cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and the author of ten books, including the New York Times bestseller Real Happiness.

Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. After graduating from Dartmouth College in Asian Studies in 1967 he joined the Peace Corps and worked on tropical medicine teams in the Mekong River Valley.


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