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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...

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. ...

Are we there yet? The Practice: Relax, you've arrived. Why? We spend so much of our time trying to get somewhere. Part of this comes from our biological nature. To survive, animals - including us - have to be goal-directed, leaning into the future. It's certainly healthy to pursue wholesome...

This recent series of posts has used the example of Stephen Colbert's satirical "March to Keep Fear Alive" as a timely illustration of a larger point: humans evolved to be fearful -- a major feature of the brain's negativity bias that helped our ancestors pass...

My previous post used the example of Stephen Colbert's satirical "March to Keep Fear Alive" as a timely illustration of a larger point: humans evolved to be fearful -- since that helped keep our ancestors alive -- so we are very vulnerable to being frightened...

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have dueling rallies in DC coming soon. Stewart's is the "Rally to Restore Sanity" and Colbert's is the "March to Keep Fear Alive!" Obviously, Colbert is a great satirist who is poking fun here, since we sure don't need a rally...

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