The First Noble Truth – The Noble Truth of Suffering

The Four Noble Truths are the most fundamental teaching of the Buddha. Deceptively simple, they actually provide a profound explanation of human unhappiness, both gross and subtle, and how to attain increasingly positive states of mind, from stress relief in daily life to an unshakeable calm happiness and a selflessly compassionate heart. With regard to the Four Noble Truths, the Buddha has been likened to a physician who diagnoses a condition, explains what causes it and what will end it, and … [Read More...]

Friday Favorite

I hope you enjoy this very heart-warming and inspirational story about never giving up.The post Friday Favorite appeared first on Dr. Rick Hanson. … [Read More...]

Inhibition Profiles

The inhibition profile of a particular person can be quite nuanced. For example, in terms of attachment theory, a person raised by a “dismissing” parent could worry about asking too much of others, and someone with an “inconsistent” parent –alternately intrusive and rejecting – could feel ashamed or guilty about desires that differ from those of her partner. Or, as a generalization, boys are socialized not to show fear, girls not to show anger; since what people do not express tends to build up i … [Read More...]

Meditate

Can you come home to yourself? The Practice: Meditate. Why? Meditation is to the mind what aerobic exercise is to the body. Like exercise, there are many good ways to do it and you can find the one that suits you best. Studies have shown that regular meditation promotes mindfulness (sustained observing awareness), whose benefits include decreased stress-related cortisol, insomnia, symptoms of autoimmune illnesses, PMS, asthma, falling back into depression, general emotional distress, anxiety, … [Read More...]

Will Pye – Blessed with a Brain Tumor

Here is the latest talk from the San Rafael Meditation group with Rick Hanson and Will Pye. It’s titled Will Pye – Blessed with a Brain Tumor. More information on the San Rafael Mediation group can be found at http://www.rickhanson.net/teaching/meditation-group. The post Will Pye – Blessed with a Brain Tumor appeared first on Dr. Rick Hanson. … [Read More...]

Changing the Machinery of Upset

Let’s consider ways to cultivate more peace of mind – and even its consummation in profound equanimity – by working with the eight gears of the machine of suffering that we explored in this earlier post. (There are other methods, too, that are more specifically Buddhist, and you might like to explore the Access to Insight website for more information.) This list is by no means exclusive: it just points to how many great tools are available these days for managing our emotional reactions. Methods … [Read More...]

The Impact of Experiences

Children express what they feel and what they want through their actions, emotions, signals, and, by their second birthday, words. Then people respond, including their parents, teachers, and other children; responses can be active or passive, verbal or nonverbal, positive or negative. These interactive episodes are usually brief, so there are a lot of them each day. For example, from multiple studies, a reasonable estimates that a typical toddler has his or her wants thwarted about twenty times … [Read More...]

Friday Favorite

This video needs no explanation – just a few minutes to listen. Enjoy!The post Friday Favorite appeared first on Dr. Rick Hanson. … [Read More...]

Thou All Others

Here is the latest talk from the San Rafael Meditation group with Rick Hanson. It’s titled Thou All Others. More information on the San Rafael Mediation group can be found at http://www.rickhanson.net/teaching/meditation-group. The post Thou All Others appeared first on Dr. Rick Hanson. … [Read More...]

Mindfulness of Object Relations

Here is the latest talk from the San Rafael Meditation group with Rick Hanson. It’s titled Mindfulness of Object Relations. More information on the San Rafael Mediation group can be found at http://www.rickhanson.net/teaching/meditation-group. The post Mindfulness of Object Relations appeared first on Dr. Rick Hanson. … [Read More...]


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