Enjoy The Freedom Not To

posted on: July 16th, 2015

Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness (in 14 languages), Buddha’s Brain (in 25 languages), Just One Thing (in 14 languages), and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has several audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and 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. His work has been featured on BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with over 110,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity.

  • oscen

    Thank you Dr. Hanson.
    This particular brain, on freedom/not freedom: 1) “I can’t wait to show this to Charlie, then he’ll take responisibility for his part in the fight with his mom.” 2) This is written so clearly, finally Charlie will ‘get’ that he should act the way I want him to, so we’ll both be happier.” 3) Maybe Charlie really needs to be where he is right now, and I could butt out.” 4) Oh. I am free to work on myself and be as involved or not with Charlie and his problems as I choose. I’m the one choosing.
    Then I have a “Doh” moment, then a “Be kind, you’re still learning.”
    Thank you Dr. Hanson.

  • xnavygal

    Dr. Hanson,
    Thanking you in advance for sharing what you’ve learned and/or experienced. Several key words “popped” right out for me. The first being CHOICE. After some work, I’ve learned that my life doesn’t get better by chance but by change. I was in my early 50’s when I finally realized that I actually had a CHOICE. What an empowering emotion, freedom. I won’t give you my autobiography, lets just say my childhood was dysfunctional. What?? A CHOICE? An opinion? What a foreign concept. :-)) Back to your article, what I’ve been making a concerted effort this past year is to vanquish the words…”I Know”. The minute I think I know, sends me a message that “I am no longer teachable”. I’ve replaced it with, ” I Understand”, of UmmHmm. Lol. I believe with choice comes change, which often involves fear, etc..Another blog, right? But to have change, involves action. ACTION=Any Change To Improve One’s Nature. Respectfully, Jen R.

RICK HANSON, Ph.D.
RICK HANSON, Ph.D.
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness (in 14 languages), Buddha’s Brain (in 25 languages), Just One Thing (in 14 languages), and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has several audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and 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. His work has been featured on BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with over 100,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity.

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