QUIZ: Do You Realize Your Dreams?

What hopes and dreams did you have as a child? How has it gone with fulfilling them? Does the part of your life that is “work” feel like a good combination of what you really enjoy doing, are talented at, and care about? Investigate this…

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Malala Yousafzai Interview

Rick’s Picks is a series of posts highlighting the very best content online. Malala Yousafzai is the youngest ever Nobel laureate, awarded the Peace Prize in 2014 for her activism for the rights of all children to education, and for equal access to education for…

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Find Your Ground

What can you do when you’re shaken? Find your ground. It’s clear that we all need a place to stand. A physical place to be sure – hearth and home, land and sea, a bed to curl up in – but also psychological or spiritual places, such as feeling loved, a calm clear center inside

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Speak From The Heart

What’s Your Heart Saying? The Practice: Speak from the heart. Why? One Christmas I hiked down into the Grand Canyon, whose bottom lay a vertical mile below the rim. Its walls were layered like a cake, and a foot-high stripe of red or gray rock…

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Paul Gilbert: An Interview on Confidence

“A lot of what happens with loss of confidence, is that we undermine whatever confidence we may have. Humans have an amazing capacity to monitor everything – and that can begin to cause you a lot of trouble – because you’re monitoring that there’s a…

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Cosmic Eye: A Micro and Macrocosmic View of The Universe

Rick’s Picks is a series of posts highlighting the very best content online. Drawing inspiration from the classic movie Powers of Ten, directed by Charles and Ray Eams in 1977, Cosmic Eye is an app featuring views of our Universe gathered by world-class scientists. With…

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Love Someone

What can you do when there’s nothing you can do? Love Someone. Sometimes something happens. Perhaps your cat takes a turn for the worse, there’s a money problem, or it’s on a larger scale: maybe there’s been an election and you’re grappling with its consequences

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Mindfulness of Anxiety

This talk on mindfulness and anxiety is one in a series on Buddhist perspectives and practice where Dr. Rick Hanson explores the practical wisdom in one of the world’s oldest contemplative traditions.

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A Courageous Brain: Not Manipulated by Needless Fear

Our ancestors evolved a frightened brain for survival in harsh conditions. Today, unnecessary and unwarranted fear can make it harder to speak from the heart, dream big dreams and stand up to the manipulations of advertisers and demagogues. A Courageous Brain: Not Manipulated by Needless…

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Take Heart

What do you do when the bottom falls out? The Practice: Take heart. Why It takes heart to live in even ordinary times.   By “taking heart,” I mean several related things: Sensing your heart and chest Finding encouragement in what is good both around…

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