Be the Whole, Not the Part

Here is the latest talk from the San Rafael Meditation group with Rick Hanson. It is titled Be the Whole, Not the Part. More information on the San Rafael Mediation group can be found at http://www.rickhanson.net/multimedia/audio/talks/buddhist-wisdom/… [Read more...]

Rick’s Picks: Man vs. Machine

Rick’s Picks is a new series of posts highlighting the very best content online. This piece from FiveThirtyEight explores a classic contest of man vs. machine, carried out on the battlefield of the chess board. Seventeen years ago in New York City, brooding chess champion Garry Kasparov sat down to take on an opponent he

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The Neurodharma of Love

Most of our greatest joys and sorrows happen in our relationships with others. Imagine then: what if you could guide your mind to forgive, heal, and find greater happiness in your connections with others? The remarkable truth is that you can. Check out this sample audio of my The Neurodharma of Love: Rewire Your Brain

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Mind Precedes All Things

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