The Impact of Experiences

Children express what they feel and what they want through their actions, emotions, signals, and, by their second birthday, words. Then people respond, including their parents, teachers, and other children; responses can be active or passive, verbal or nonverbal, positive or negative. These interactive episodes are usually brief, so there are a lot of them

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Friday Favorite

This video needs no explanation – just a few minutes to listen. Enjoy!

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Thou All Others

Here is the latest talk from the San Rafael Meditation group with Rick Hanson. It’s titled Thou All Other. More information on the San Rafael Mediation group can be found at http://www.rickhanson.net/teaching/meditation-group.

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Mindfulness of Object Relations

Here is the latest talk from the San Rafael Meditation group with Rick Hanson. It’s titled Mindfulness of Object Relations. More information on the San Rafael Mediation group can be found at http://www.rickhanson.net/teaching/meditation-group.

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Realizing You Don’t Need to Feel Frightened, Frustrated, or Hurt

Here is the latest talk from the San Rafael Meditation group with Rick Hanson. It’s titled Realizing You Don’t Need to Feel Frightened, Frustrated, or Hurt. More information on the San Rafael Mediation group can be found at http://www.rickhanson.net/teaching/meditation-group.

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Being at Peace with the Pain of Others

Can you stay open to the pain of others? The Practice: Being at peace with the pain of others. Why? Humans are an empathic, compassionate, and loving species, so it is natural to feel sad, worried, or fiery about the troubles and pain of other people. (And about those of cats and dogs and other

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An Openhearted Peace with the Pain of Others

Here is the latest talk from the San Rafael Meditation group with Rick Hanson. It’s titled Openhearted Peace with the Pain of Others. More information on the San Rafael Mediation group can be found at http://www.rickhanson.net/teaching/meditation-group.

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Emotional Hijacking

In light of the machinery of survival-based, emotional reactivity, let’s look more narrowly at what Daniel Goleman has called “emotional hijacking.” The emotional circuits of your brain – which are relatively primitive from an evolutionary standpoint, originally developed when dinosaurs ruled the earth – exert great influence over the more modern layers of the brain

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Loving, Learning, and Letting Go – When You Feel Hurt

Here is the latest talk from the San Rafael Meditation group with Rick Hanson. It’s titled Loving, Learning, and Letting Go – When You Feel Hurt. More information on the San Rafael Mediation group can be found at http://www.rickhanson.net/teaching/meditation-group.

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How Firmly Should You Pursue Your Intentions?

How firmly do you pursue your intentions? Neither too tight nor too loose a rein. As with the balance of the capital city and the provinces, it’s worth considering what your tendencies are and if there is an imbalance. For example, some of us hold onto our goals to a fault (myself, ahem) going down

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