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Intimacy and autonomy are independent dimensions, and it is their combination that counts. The qualities in each category, imperfectly summarized by a single word, characterize both types of individuals and, more importantly, states of mind we all transit: Integrated – Comfortable and skillful with both closeness and...

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Here is the latest talk from the San Rafael Meditation group with Rick Hanson. It's titled Sila in Relationships. More information on the San Rafael Mediation group can be found at http://www.rickhanson.net/teaching/meditation-group....

The following excerpt is from chapter one of my book - Hardwiring Happiness. You’ll find helpful guidance to deepen your understanding and practice with the material in the book with the reading guide -  //www.rickhanson.net/books/reading-guides#Hardwiring-Happiness. A well-known idea in medicine and psychology is that how you...

There's been a lot of research and clarification over the last several decades about how the brain makes the mind, and how the mind makes the brain, in a codependent, circular kind of way....

(Emotional) life is great when we feel enthusiastic, contented, peaceful, happy, interested, loving, etc. But when we’re upset, or aroused to go looking for trouble, life ain’t so great. To address this problem, let’s turn to a strategy used widely in science (and Buddhism, interestingly): analyze...

Here is the latest talk from the San Rafael Meditation group with Rick Hanson. It's titled Ethical Impacts. More information on the San Rafael Mediation group can be found at http://www.rickhanson.net/teaching/meditation-group....

Intimacy and autonomy are channels for expressing your natural goodness. For example, being kind toward someone naturally involves both an affinity with that person and a certain autonomy for the kindness to be genuine. Besides its obvious rewards in everyday life, intimacy supports personal growth and...

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