The Awakening Factor of Samadhi

Here is a talk from the San Rafael Meditation group with Rick Hanson. It is titled, “The Awakening Factor of Samadhi”. More information on the San Rafael Meditation group can be found here. The post The Awakening Factor of Samadhi appeared first on Dr. Rick Hanson. … [Read More...]

Stentors: The Tiny Giants

Rick’s Picks is a series of posts highlighting the very best content online.In this amazing video, a researcher at the University of California San Francisco, talks about  “Tiny Giants” that ink like squid and regenerate like Wolverine! “Stentor” sounds like a dinosaur or a minor He-Man villain. But in fact the stentor is one of the strangest, most mysterious organisms on Earth, and it just might be swimming in a pond near you. It’s made up of a single cell so massive yo … [Read More...]

Ask Questions

What are you learning? The Practice: Ask questions. Why? My dad grew up on a ranch in North Dakota. He has a saying from his childhood – you may have heard it elsewhere – that’s: “You learn more by listening than by talking.” Sure, we often gain by thinking out loud, including discovering our truth by speaking it. But on the whole, listening brings lots more valuable information than talking does. Nonetheless, many people are not the greatest listeners. … [Read More...]

Oneness Podcast

In this podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Rick Hanson, a psychologist and New York Times bestselling author. We spoke about how Western Buddhism, transcendental learning and gratitude for opportunity all play an important role in getting in touch with your faith and finding true purpose and happiness in life. Join us to hear more about Dr. Hanson’s own journey as well as his valuable insights into Buddhism and neuroscience. The post Oneness Podcast appeared first on Dr. Rick … [Read More...]

The Neurology of Intention

The Neurology of Intention Our intentions arise in the brain, are represented in the brain, and are pursued in the brain. Where else?  Therefore, a basic understanding of how intentions work in the brain – and thus in your mind – is a very useful thing to have. The Executive Functions The brain is like a committee, with many parts or “members” working together – or at cross purposes! – and the frontal lobes are like the chair of that committee. Or, to use a different metaphor, if the psyche alto … [Read More...]

Alphabet of the Heart Podcast

Rick’s Picks is a series of posts highlighting the very best content online.This Podcast Series features Dr James R. Doty, Neurosurgeon and Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research Education (CCARE) at Stanford University, and Dr James Kirby, Clinical Psychologist and Visiting Scholar at CCARE. Each episode features Dr Doty and Dr Kirby discussing a mnemonic Dr Doty created called, “The Alphabet of the Heart”, which he wrote about in his book, “Into the M … [Read More...]

True Happiness

Is there a particular type of mindset keeps us from finding true happiness ? For our ancestors to survive, they learned to find the bad in situations. In today’s modern age, the human mind is still programmed to latch onto the bad even though that mindset is unnecessary.On this episode with Dr. Rick Hanson, a New York Times best-selling author, he explains the neuroscience behind true happiness, what it means, and how we can find it.Key Takeaways:We’ve got a brain that’s like Velcro f … [Read More...]

The Awakening Factor of Joy

Here is a talk from the San Rafael Meditation group with Rick Hanson. It is titled, “The Awakening Factor of Joy” More information on the San Rafael Meditation group can be found here. The post The Awakening Factor of Joy appeared first on Dr. Rick Hanson. … [Read More...]

A Fictive Flight Above Real Mars

Rick’s Picks is a series of posts highlighting the very best content online.This is a great video posted by Jan Fröjdman showing some incredible images of Mars. For more images and info, please visit Jan’s blog: av-creo.com/fictive-flight-real-marsThe post A Fictive Flight Above Real Mars appeared first on Dr. Rick Hanson. … [Read More...]

How Gratitude Can Change Your Life

Dr Robert Emmons, Professor of Psychology at the University of California and author of Thanks! How The New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier has been researching gratitude for over eight years and states: ”Without gratitude, life can be lonely, depressing and impoverished. Gratitude enriches human life. It elevates, energizes, inspires and transforms, and those who practice it will experience significant improvements in several areas of life including relationships, academics, energy l … [Read More...]