Kindness to You is Kindness to Me; Kindness to Me is Kindness to You

What do you need? The Practice: Kindness to you is kindness to me; kindness to me is kindness to you. Why? I usually describe a practice as something to do: get on your own side, see the being behind the eyes, take in the good, etc. This practice is different: it’s something to recognize. From

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Integration of Mind and Brain

Linking of mind and brain has three important implications. First, as your mind changes, your brain changes. Your brain changes both temporarily, millisecond by millisecond, AND it changes in lasting ways because – in the famous saying of the Canadian psychologist, Donald Hebb – “neurons that fire together, wire together.” The fleeting flow of experience

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Being for Yourself

This practice – Being for Yourself – from page 66 in my book – Hardwiring Happiness – uses the first three HEAL steps of taking in the good. 1. HAVE – Notice any quality of being for yourself already present in the foreground or background of awareness. Perhaps you can sense or feel a determination

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Grow a Key Inner Strength

What do you need? The Practice: Grow a key inner strength. Why? We all have issues – including demands upon us, stresses, illnesses, losses, vulnerabilities, and pain. (As Alan Watts put it: “Life is wiggly.”) Of course, many of our issues – in the broad sense I’m using the word here – are related to

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Intention of Renunciation

Renunciation is founded on a disenchantment with the world and with experience, based on right view. You see through all the possibilities of experience: you see their ephemeral, insubstantial, empty qualities, no matter how alluring or seemingly gratifying. You see the suffering embedded in the experience, the “trap,” as the Buddha put it. And you

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Friday Favorite

Here’s a fun video highlighting some key insights from the truly wonderful Fred Rogers. Enjoy!

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Eat Right

Are you nurturing your body? The Practice: Eat right. Why? [Note: This JOT is adapted from Mother Nurture.] The easiest and usually most effective way to replenish your body is through good nutrition. Most of us have a diet that is very different from the one that we are adapted to through millions of years

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Evolutionary Neurobiology of Shame

Have you ever scolded a dog and seen him or her look guilty? Obviously, animals do not have the elaborated textures of thoughts and feelings that humans do. But our emotions, even the most subtle ones, have their roots in our ancient evolutionary history. By understanding that history better, we do not reduce our feelings

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Friday Favorite

Looks like fun, doesn’t it?

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Turn Anger into a Peaceful Heart

Are you feeling cross? The Practice: Turn anger into a peaceful heart. Why? [Note: This JOT is adapted from Mother Nurture, a book written for mothers - focusing on typical parenting situations and gender differences that are experienced by many, though not all, mothers and fathers, and by parents in same sex relationships. Parenting is

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