QUIZ: Can You Calm Yourself?

“Life is wiggly,” as Alan Watts put it, and the parasympathetic wing of the nervous system helps us ride out the wiggles – and bumps – of everyday living. This ancient part of your nervous system is soothing, calming, and refueling. Find out how skillful you are at activating this to replace stress, anxiety, and

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James Doty Interview on Service

“What happens so many times in our lives is, we walk by people – we don’t really look at them. When you take the time to look, to truly see, then there’s this explosion of opportunity to care and have an impact. The goodness you get back from that is so powerful, it makes you

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QUIZ: Can You Control Your Inner Critic?

Do you have a sense of a strong part of yourself that soothes, calms, encourages, and sticks up for you? Or does it feel like your inner critic – finding fault with you, minimizing your pain and your needs, tearing you down – has the upper hand? Find out how skillful you are at controlling

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Marci Shimoff Interview on Gratitude

“We give our life energy by these practices, so they become more of our natural state.” – Marci Shimoff NY Times bestselling author Marci Shimoff shares practical ways of developing good habits and fitting in regular practice to increase your happiness, self-worth, and inner peace, in this interview I did for my Foundations of Well-Being

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QUIZ: How Filled with Compassion are You?

In essence, compassion is the wish that beings not suffer, and kindness is the wish that beings are happy – usually along with feelings of warmhearted caring. Did you know that studies show that people can increase these qualities in themselves, even changing their brains in the process? Find out how much compassion and kindness

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When You Just Can’t Make a Good Thing Happen

Here is a talk from the San Rafael Meditation group with Rick Hanson. It is titled When You Just Can’t Make a Good Thing Happen.

More information on the San Rafael Mediation group can be found here.

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Aspiration: An Interview with Dan Siegel

“Life is always unfolding, you’re always in an emerging process… only junk can really make you feel stagnat or chaotic, and the beautiful thing about being a human being is you have a choice. With awareness, you can use liberate yourself and free yourself to your original aspirations. You can have a set of values,

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Take in the Good

Do Positive Experiences “Stick to Your Ribs?” The Practice Take in the good. Why? Scientists believe that your brain has a built-in “negativity bias.” In other words, as we evolved over millions of years, dodging sticks and chasing carrots, it was a lot more important to notice, react to, and remember sticks than it was

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QUIZ: Do You Know When to Stop?

Whether driving a car or going through life altogether, we need to be able to speed up skillfully . . . as well as slow down and even stop. How is it going with whatever you want to decrease or stop in your own life? Perhaps related to food, drugs and alcohol, media. And can

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Compassion and Equanimity

Here is a talk from the San Rafael Meditation group with Rick Hanson. It is titled Compassion and Equanimity.
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