Mindfulness Tune Up

This is the third post in the series on developing mindful presence. Here’s Part One and Part Two. Steady mindfulness requires overcoming the natural – and evolutionarily adaptive – tendency of mind to scan endlessly and think of new things. So the basic capacity to steady the mind – called concentration, as a short-hand –

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Rick’s Picks: Norah Jones Sings “Don’t Know Why” on Sesame Street

Rick’s Picks is a new series of posts highlighting the very best content online. Norah Jones sings “Dont know why ‘Y’ didnt come” – starring Elmo – during the “letter of the day” segment on Sesame Street season 35 episode 4081. I have fond memories of my children watching Sesame Street as kids, this was

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Self-Directed Brain Change

I think you might like this sample from my audio program – Self-Directed Brain Change: Rewire Your Neural Pathways for Happiness and Resilience – a step-by-step program for retraining our neural structure out of “sheer survival” mode and into one of greater well-being, mental clarity, and moment-to-moment appreciation. I’d love to hear your feedback about

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Forgive Yourself

Are you hard on yourself? The Practice: Forgive yourself. Why? Everyone messes up. Me, you, the neighbors, Mother Teresa, Mahatma Ghandi, King David, the Buddha, everybody. It’s important to acknowledge mistakes, feel appropriate remorse, and learn from them so they don’t happen again. But most people keep beating themselves up way past the point of

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Why Develop Mindful Presence?

This is the second post in the series on mindful presence. You can view Part One here. So why should we go out of our way to develop mindfulness? Mindful presence feels good in its own right: relaxed, alert, and peaceful. Not contending with anything. No struggle. In addition to the inherent, experiential rewards of

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Listening to Your Longing for Peace

Here is the latest talk from the San Rafael Meditation group with Rick Hanson. It is titled Listening to Your Longing for Peace. More information on the San Rafael Mediation group can be found at http://www.rickhanson.net/teaching/meditation-group/.
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Rick’s Picks: Four Year Old Reviews French Laundry

Rick’s Picks is a new series of posts highlighting the very best content online. In what has to be the most adorable review of a restaurant ever written, The Bold Italic writer Jessica Saia takes a friend’s four-year-old daughter to The French Laundry and subjects its legendary tasting menu to her simple yet extremely judgmental

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The Enlightened Brain

I thought you might like to listen to a sample from my audio program – The Enlightened Brain: The Neuroscience of Awakening – in which I offer practical tools to reshape your brain for awakening. Enjoy! I’d love to hear your feedback about this audio excerpt in the comments below!

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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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Fear

I had the pleasure of being interviewed on the Ask Dr. Nandi Show on the topic of Fear.
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