An Openhearted Peace with the Pain of Others

Here is the latest talk from the San Rafael Meditation group with Rick Hanson. It’s titled Openhearted Peace with the Pain of Others. More information on the San Rafael Mediation group can be found at http://www.rickhanson.net/teaching/meditation-group.

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Emotional Hijacking

In light of the machinery of survival-based, emotional reactivity, let’s look more narrowly at what Daniel Goleman has called “emotional hijacking.” The emotional circuits of your brain – which are relatively primitive from an evolutionary standpoint, originally developed when dinosaurs ruled the earth – exert great influence over the more modern layers of the brain

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Loving, Learning, and Letting Go – When You Feel Hurt

Here is the latest talk from the San Rafael Meditation group with Rick Hanson. It’s titled Loving, Learning, and Letting Go – When You Feel Hurt. More information on the San Rafael Mediation group can be found at http://www.rickhanson.net/teaching/meditation-group.

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How Firmly Should You Pursue Your Intentions?

How firmly do you pursue your intentions? Neither too tight nor too loose a rein. As with the balance of the capital city and the provinces, it’s worth considering what your tendencies are and if there is an imbalance. For example, some of us hold onto our goals to a fault (myself, ahem) going down

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Friday Favorite

Here’s little perspective for your Friday afternoon. Enjoy!

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Patterns of Closeness and Independence

Intimacy and autonomy are independent dimensions, and it is their combination that counts. The qualities in each category, imperfectly summarized by a single word, characterize both types of individuals and, more importantly, states of mind we all transit: Integrated – Comfortable and skillful with both closeness and agency; able both to carry others in her

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Friday Favorite

Credit: The New Yorker Collection/The Cartoon Bank
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Sila in Relationships

Here is the latest talk from the San Rafael Meditation group with Rick Hanson. It’s titled Sila in Relationships. More information on the San Rafael Mediation group can be found at http://www.rickhanson.net/teaching/meditation-group.

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Inner Strengths

The following excerpt is from chapter one of my book – Hardwiring Happiness. You’ll find helpful guidance to deepen your understanding and practice with the material in the book with the reading guide -  http://www.rickhanson.net/books/reading-guides#Hardwiring-Happiness. A well-known idea in medicine and psychology is that how you feel and act—both over the course of your life

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The Machinery of Upset

(Emotional) life is great when we feel enthusiastic, contented, peaceful, happy, interested, loving, etc. But when we’re upset, or aroused to go looking for trouble, life ain’t so great. To address this problem, let’s turn to a strategy used widely in science (and Buddhism, interestingly): analyze things into their fundamental elements, such as the quarks

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