Empty the Cup

posted on: June 27th, 2011

Rick Hanson

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.

  • Annie

    Read on internet:
    A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience.
    As she raised a glass of water ,everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question.Instead,with a smile on her face she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”
    Answers called ou ranged 8 oz to 20 oz.
    She replied:”the absolute weight doesn’t matter .It depends on how long I hold it.
    If I hold it for a minute ,it’s not a problem.
    If I hold it for 1 hour ,I’ll have an ache in ly arm.
    If I hold it for a day,my arm will feel numb and paralyzed.
    In each case ,the weight didn’t change,but the longer I hold it,the heavyer it becomes.”
    She continued:”the stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water.
    Think about hem for a while and nothing happens.
    Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt.
    And if you think about them all day long,you will feel paralyzed-incapable of doing anything.
    Remarks: stress( ex.to long to do lists….’)is the glass of water.
    As with the glass of water,you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again.
    When we are refreshed,we can carry o with the burden.
    So,whatever the burdens you’re carrying now,let them down for a moment if you can.
    Don’t pich them up again until after you’ve rested for a while.
    They will then seem so much lighter.
    REMEMBER TO PUT THE GLASS DOWN !

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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