Mindfulness of “Selfing”

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

Sean Kyler’s Valedictorian Speech

Rick’s Picks is a series of posts highlighting the very best content online.Sean Kyler gives such a powerful speech touching on things like celebrating your successes, preservation and looking at the future with hope and positivity despite anything negative that may have happened in your life. It is the way you program your brain to think, that really creates such a positive outlook on life. Way to go, Sean! “I fully accept the philosophy, that in order to change a persons behavior, you m … [Read More...]

Be Friendly

Friend or Foe? The Practice: Be friendly. Why? Friendliness is a down-to-earth approach to others that is welcoming and positive. Think about a time when someone was friendly to you – maybe drawing you into a gathering, saying hello on the sidewalk, or smiling from across the room. How did that make you feel? Probably more included, comfortable, and at ease; safer; more open and warm-hearted. When you are friendly to others, you offer them these same benefits. Plus you get rewarded … [Read More...]

The Power of Mindfulness: Shauna Shapiro

How do we change? In this pioneering talk, Dr. Shauna Shapiro draws on modern neuroscience and ancient wisdom to demonstrate how mindfulness can help us make positive changes in our brains and our lives.The post The Power of Mindfulness: Shauna Shapiro appeared first on Dr. Rick Hanson. … [Read More...]

Right Livelihood

The Noble Eightfold Path: “I teach one thing: Suffering and its end.” — The Buddha Introduction The Eightfold Path is the fourth of the Buddha’s Noble Truths, and it is the way leading to the uprooting of the causes of suffering, and thus to increasingly stable and profound peacefulness, wisdom, virtue, and happiness. Each of the eight elements of this Path is described by a word that is typically translated as “right” or “wise.” Both meanings are … [Read More...]

Spirit Rock

Rick’s Picks is a series of posts highlighting the very best content online.Spirit Rock Meditation Center has been my primary personal wellspring of spiritual practice. I love Spirit Rock. Check out the workshops and retreats from this peaceful, welcoming, world-renowned center. To view their upcoming programs, visit their calendar here. The post Spirit Rock appeared first on Dr. Rick Hanson. … [Read More...]

A Caring, Joyful Heart

As you probably know, compassion and loving kindness are central elements of Buddhism. They arise naturally in response to one of those three fundamental characteristics of existence: interdependence/not-self/emptiness. They are also a beautiful path of spiritual practice. And they just feel good: “Through compassion one is free from lethargy and depression.” (Acariya Dhammapala) Interestingly, a scientifically based tradition as hard-headed as Western psychology is also beginning to … [Read More...]

Chris Picco Sings “Blackbird” to Son in NICU

Rick’s Picks is a series of posts highlighting the very best content online.After his wife unexpectedly and tragically passed away in her sleep, Chris Picco’s son Lennon was delivered by emergency c-section at just 24 weeks. Chris decided to bring his guitar to sing Blackbird to his baby, Lennon, as Ashley, his wife, would often feel Lennon moving to the music. Sadly, Lennon died in Chris’s arms several days later. Chris used his music, even during their memorial, to continue to co … [Read More...]

Give No One Cause to Fear You

What puts people at ease? The Practice Give no one cause to fear you. Why We evolved to be afraid. The ancient ancestors that were casual and blithely hopeful, underestimating the risks around them – predators, loss of food, aggression from others of their kind – did not pass on their genes. But the ones that were nervous were very successful – and we are their great-grandchildren, sitting atop the food chain. Consequently, multiple hair-trigger systems in your brain … [Read More...]

Turn Toward Suffering, from Frank Ostaseski

In Western culture, we are taught that if suffering exists, something is wrong. It is a mistake. I had a boss years ago who, when something didn’t work out, demanded, “Whose fault is this? Who is to blame?” When I would explain that sometimes things just don’t go according to plan, he would yell, “Don’t be ridiculous! This is somebody’s fault. When we believe that suffering is a mistake, it’s no wonder we do everything in our power to steer clear of it. Our avoidance instinct is also due to the f … [Read More...]