Meditations to Change Your Brain

In this audio excerpt from Meditations to Change Your Brain: Rewire Your Neural Pathways to Transform Your Life, Richard Mendius and I offer seven guided practices to “rebuild” your brain for lasting joy and fulfillment. I hope you like it. I’d love to hear your feedback about this audio excerpt in the comments below!

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Being For Something

This is the second post in the series on Your Precious Life. You can find Part One here. In it we’ll look at the power of Being For Something. Let’s do a brief practice together. Think of it as an exercise for your mind. You can keep your eyes open or closed, take notes or

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Rick’s Picks: Amazing Modern Dance Piece

Rick’s Picks is a new series of posts highlighting the very best content online. Australian dancer and choreographer Wade Robson choreographed this beautiful modern dance piece set to John Mayer’s Slow Dancing in a Burning Room. He shot this short video staring two of his dancers that really connected with the piece, Ben Susak &

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The Hard Things That Open the Heart

I’d like to offer some of my central practices that help me grapple with the First Noble Truth, particularly focusing on skillful means. In this talk at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center I go over some ways to cultivate the feeling of being for something, how to be on one’s own side enough that you

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Your Precious Life

This series of blog posts is about Your Precious Life: what an incredible opportunity it is to have a life. At all. To fulfill that opportunity, we need a fundamental orientation inside that treats our life as if it matters. As if our happiness is important, as if being mistreated is not alright, as if

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Rick’s Picks: Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture

Rick’s Picks is a new series of posts highlighting the very best content online. Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September 2006, and in August 2007 he was given a terminal diagnosis. He gave his last lecture at the university on Sept. 18,

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Mindfulness of the Body as a Whole

Attention tends to move around, but something often bubbles to the surface at the front of our awareness. Even if we’re trying to focus just on the breath, the attention tends to wander from one part of the body to the next. In this audio practice from the Spirit Rock Meditation Center, I explore the

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Open Space Mindfulness

This is the fourth and final post in the series on developing mindful presence. Here’s Part One, Part Two, and Part Three. In Part Three we did a little mindfulness meditation to “tune-up” our mindfulness and concentration skills. Now we are going to distill that mindfulness meditation down to its very essence: abiding as awareness

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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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