Author: Rick Hanson

Are you full to the rim? The Practice: Empty the cup. Why? Once upon a time, a scholar came to visit a saint. After the scholar had been orating and propounding for a while, the saint proposed some tea. She slowly filled the scholar's cup: gradually the tea rose...

Enjoy the Good That Lasts What doesn’t rust? The Practice Enjoy the good that lasts. Why So many things change. Leaves fall, friends move away, children leave home. My dad died a year ago, and my mom about ten years before that. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting...

Rick’s Picks is a series of posts highlighting the very best content online. It can be hard to understand our relative size on a cosmic level. This series of images helps make it clear.  ...

Here is a talk from the San Rafael Meditation group with Rick Hanson. It is titled, "Love More, Cling Less." More information on the San Rafael Meditation group can be found here....

Love What’s Real What can you count on? The Practice Love what’s real. Why Because this practice could seem so abstract or so obvious that it’s not worth doing, I am going to take longer than usual to explain why it’s so important. As I grew up, my family and schools...

Putting Time In Perspective is series of interesting timelines on WaitButWhy.com, each incorporating the previous timeline, which really puts our human history into perspective....

What matters most to you? The Practice: Remember the big things. Why? In every life, reminders arrive about what's really important. I've recently received one myself, in a form that's already come to countless people and will come to countless more: news of a potentially serious health problem. My semi-annual...

Are we there yet? The Practice: Relax, you've arrived. Why? We spend so much of our time trying to get somewhere. Part of this comes from our biological nature. To survive, animals - including us - have to be goal-directed, leaning into the future. It's certainly healthy to pursue wholesome...