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Embrace Fragility

posted on: September 19th, 2012

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence (in 14 languages), Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom (in 25 languages), Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time (in 14 languages), and Mother Nurture: A Mother’s Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, and a Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, his work has been featured on the BBC, NPR, CBC, FoxBusiness, Consumer Reports Health, U.S. News and World Report, and O Magazine and he has several audio programs with Sounds True. His weekly e-newsletter – Just One Thing – has 100,000 subscribers, and also appears on Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other major websites. For more information, please see his full profile at www.RickHanson.net.

  • jpwomack

    You are so right. One never knows what is around the next corner. You may wake up in the morning on top of the world and end your day in the ER after a car accident or any other incident. I have a couple of the to in to items. I am going to get my stuff in order. Love this article.

  • Toni

    Great article! Yes. The only things that are a certainty inline are that everything changes, and none of us gets out of this alive. I’m becoming more aware that each of us is on a personal journey and there will be bumps, bruises and sometimes horrendous losses along the way. I try not to take these things personally. Someone’s house doesn’t burn down or their child dies because God hates them or selects them for suffering. Everything in life is in process, like a million tiny balls in the air, rotating along their own axis. Sometimes the balls collide and wonderful or terrible things happen. There is randomness and chaos in the universe. I may as well accept that fact and concentrate on strengthening myself for the journey. There are no guarantees. I’d best accept and embrace change instead of fighting it. In nature, the most beautiful things are often the most delicate and fragile. How cool is that?

  • Mary Elizabeth

    So well said- thank you. I feel ‘seen’ in some ways just reading it- especially acknowledging how even a ill placed word can have difficult consequences.

    Love idea of understanding and recognizing ‘fragility’ in life, and then learning to appreciate it in others- and how people’s delicacies of feeling can touch sense of worthy and well being. We try to remember to be kind in the most mundane situation. Well- I’m reiterating!

    The image I take away is that of a holding a bird’s nest between my cupped hands and looking down to see beautiful yet fragile eggs-soft blue in fact…. filled with life and possibility.

RICK HANSON, Ph.D.
RICK HANSON, Ph.D.
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. He has several audio programs and his free Just One Thing newsletter has 100,000 subscribers.

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