Feel The Support

What helps you carry your load? The Practice: Feel the support. Why? We’re all carrying a load, including tasks, challenges, worries, inner criticism, mistreatment from others, physical and emotional pain, loss and illness now or later, and everyday stresses and frustrations. Take a moment to get a sense of your own load. It’s very real,

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Let Go

What Are You Holding Onto? The Practice: Let go. Why? I’ve done a lot of rock climbing, so I know firsthand the importance sometimes of not letting go! This applies to other things as well: keeping hold of a child’s hand while crossing the street, staying true to your ethics in a tricky situation, or

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Let Things Change

What’s changing? The Practice: Let Things Change Why? Lately I’ve been writing about the fifth of my personal Top 5 practices (all tied for first place): open out, by which I mean relaxing into a growing sense of connection, even oneness, with all things. (The other four are be mindful, love, take in the good,

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Hardwiring Happiness: The HEAL Steps to Inner Strength and Peace

This is the third talk in the series on “Hardwiring Happiness”, based on my new book. To listen to the other talks in the series, go here.
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Hardwiring Happiness: Being for Yourself, and the Three Ways to Practice with Your Mind

This is the second talk in the series on “Hardwiring Happiness”, based on my new book of the same name, which is being released tomorrow, October 8!**
This talk was given at the San Rafael Meditation gathering on September 18, 2013.
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Hardwiring Happiness: Using the Mind to Change the Brain to Change the Mind (Part II)

Part II of a two-part talk on how to use the mind to change the brain to change the mind based on the theme of my new book, Hardwiring Happiness.
This talk was given at the San Rafael Meditation gathering on September 11, 2013.
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Hardwiring Happiness: Using the Mind to Change the Brain to Change the Mind (Part I)

Part I of a two-part talk on how to use the mind to change the brain to change the mind based on the theme of my new book, Hardwiring Happiness. This talk was given at the San Rafael Meditation gathering on September 11, 2013.
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You ARE Good Enough

My friend and colleague, James. R. Doty, M.D. sent me this pic, recently. I thought I’d share it here. James is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University and the Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCare) at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is also

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Accept Them as They Are

Who are you resisting? The Practice: Accept them as they are. Why? I admit it: whether close to home or far away, I wish some people were different. Depending on who they are, I wish they’d stop doing things like leaving cabinet doors open in our kitchen, sending me spam emails, or turning a blind

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Accept It

What are you resisting? The Practice: Accept it. Why? As general categories that each include a number of specific methods, my Top 5 practices (all tied for first place) are: * Be mindful * Love * Take in the good * Go green * Open out So far, I’ve written about the first four of

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