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What do you want? The Practice: Hold wants lightly. Why? Getting caught up in wanting - wanting both to get what's pleasant and to avoid what's unpleasant - is a major source of suffering and harm for oneself and others. First, a lot of what we want to get...

What could you offer? The Practice: Make the offering. Why? One of the strangest and most meaningful experiences of my life occurred when I going through Rolfing (ten brilliant sessions of deep-tissue bodywork) in my early 20's. The fifth session works on the stomach area, and I was...

Each year, Spirit Rock Meditation Center holds a moving and heartfelt event to express deep appreciation for the generous donors and volunteers that support SRMC. Rick Hanson, PhD presented for the 2010 event, giving an inspiring talk exploring the dimensions and benefits of both gratitude...

Rick Hanson presents on the Science of Mindfulness at Awakening Joy in February, 2008. Awakening Joy is an engaging and highly regarded Internet course, with an add-on option to attend onsite recording sessions in Berkeley, California. The fun and nourishing material gradually, but deeply, impacts...

Part II of a talk and guided mediation given at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in March, 2011. Your brain evolved a negativity bias that makes it like Velcro for negative experiences but Teflon for positive ones. Therefore, a foundation for happiness is to deliberately weave positive...

What do you notice in people? The Practice: See the good in others. Why? Many interactions these days have a kind of bumper-car quality to them. At work, at home, on the telephone, via email: we sort of bounce off of each other while we exchange information, smile or...

What's the most important thing? The Practice: Keep your eyes on the prize. Why? Have you heard this saying? The most important thing is to remember the most important thing. What are the most important things to you? In your life as a whole? During a particular interaction with someone? Right this...

Your brain evolved a negativity bias that makes it like Velcro for negative experiences but Teflon for positive ones. Therefore, a foundation for happiness is to deliberately weave positive experiences into the fabric of your brain and your self. ...

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