Get Out of the War

What are you fighting? The Practice: Get out of the war. Why? By “war” I mean here a mindset, not combat between nations with tanks and bombs. The “war” I’m referring to is an attitude of conflict and animosity toward a person, object, or condition. Parents can feel at war with a misbehaving teenager, and

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Drop the Load

Are you doing too much? The Practice: Drop the load. Why? You may have seen the old Mickey Mouse movie in which he is working at a conveyor belt in a factory. More and more widgets come at him that he has to handle, and he gets increasingly frazzled as he struggles to keep up.

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Accept Dependence

What makes your life? The Practice: Accept dependence. Why? Want to try a little experiment? Stop breathing. Really. For a few seconds, maybe a few dozen seconds, and see how it feels. For me, this experiment is an intimate way to experience a deep truth, that we live dependently, relying on 10,000 things for physical

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At Home in the Heart

Session Highlights:

• Dr. Rick Hanson shifts from his role as host to summarize the key themes of the guests in the series
• Highlighting past participants’ practical methods
• Taking viewers through two powerful practices for bringing both strength and heart into important relationships [Read more...]

Compassion in the Wider World

The Compassionate Brain A FREE eight-part video series, hosted by Dr. Rick Hanson, that explores effective ways to change your brain and heart and life. (Watch or listen to the entire series by registering at Session 7: Compassion in the Wider World Session Highlights: An in-depth conversation with Dr. Jean Houston, co-founder of The [Read more...]

The Power of Self-Compassion

Session Highlights:

• An in-depth conversation with Dr. Kristin Neff, professor of human development and culture at the University of Texas, Austin and author of Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind
• How to cultivate self-compassion
• Compassion for those with special needs [Read more...]

Give Them What They Want

What’s up with these people? The Practice: Give them what they want. Why? Research shows that relationships are built from interactions, and interactions are built from moments. A critical moment in an interaction is when one person wants something from the other one. (“Wants” include wishes, needs, desires, hopes, and longings.) The want could be [Read more...]

Balancing Compassion and Assertiveness

Session Highlights:

• An in-depth conversation with Dr. Kelly McGonigal, senior teacher and consultant for the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and author of The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It
• Compassion for oneself and others in pain
• Bringing willpower to compassion
• Balancing compassion and assertiveness [Read more...]

Squabbles are Impermanent

Latest talk by Rick Hanson at his Wednesday night sitting group in San Rafael, CA. More information on the San Rafael Mediation group is available at

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Recognize Suffering in Others

Where Does It Hurt? The Practice: Recognize suffering in others. Why? We’re usually aware of our own suffering, which – broadly defined – includes the whole range of physical and mental discomfort, from mild headache or anxiety to the agony of bone cancer or the anguish of losing a child. (Certainly, there is more to [Read more...]