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Le Bain Epanouissant pour le Cerveau (A Nurturing Bath for the Brain)

Rick Hanson’s “Pet the Lizard, Feed the Mouse and Hug the Monkey” practices from the Just One Thing newsletter have been put together by Marina Berney into an easy daily routine called the BEC. In this little French booklet, Marina first summarises some of the main ideas and concepts of Buddha’s Brain, along with selected posts of Just One Thing. We are then introduced to the practice, whereby the rewiring of the brain is enhanced by Brain Gym® movements and the holding of Acupressure points. Embodying the practice in this way is extremely effective in helping the “Enrich” and “Absorb” steps of Rick Hanson’s HEAL process.

These practices from Just One Thing have been translated by Carmen Lopez:

This practice from the Just One Thing Newsletter was adapted in French by Clara Berut-Lhopital:

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Marina Mandofia-Berney

Marina Mandofia Berney has a background in Law. She has trained as a barrister and worked part time as a judge, and completed a PhD before specifying as a lecturer and researcher in Medical Law and Ethics at the Faculty of Medicine of Geneva University. She emigrated to Australia from Switzerland in 1996 and there, after raising four children full time for a few years, changed her career path.

Marina Berney now works as a psychotherapist and an educational kinesiologist in her private practice Move2balance, both in Sydney and in Geneva. Her original holistic approach combines talk therapy, educational kinesiology, acupressure techniques, tibetan bowl vibrations, and exercises using the potential of the neuroplasticity of the brain, tailored to suit each individual client’s needs. This multi-dimensional method promotes change and transformation at a physical, mental, emotional and energetic level.

Marina also teaches a self-help energetic healing technique (Q-Touch Healing), a parenting/relating course (Q-Touch conscious parenting, Q-Touch conscious relating) and is one of Rick Hanson’s PNT (Positive Neuroplasticity Training) teachers.

Carmen Lopez

Carmen Lopez holds a Phd. of Arts in French Language and Literature from University of Nice, France where she currently resides. She is the managing director of CEFRO, Ldt., responsible for creating and organizing training courses for the European Union program « Grundtvig » and recently for « Erasmus+ », which combines all EU’s current cultural initiatives in education and training.

Carmen has over 25 years of experience as French teacher. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Philology, French Language and Literature from University of Bucharest, Romania and holds a Diploma of Advanced studies in Education from University of Iasi, Romania.

Her essays on literature, translations, professional works on social psychology and book « Nice, mon amour…? » have been published in both France and Romania. Since 2008, she is creating and conducting CEFRO training sessions validated by the EU National French Agency and published in the database of the European Education Programs. These courses are designed to encourage developing Emotional Intelligence in the workplace and have had participants from more than 10 European Countries.


Clara Berut-Lhopital

Clara Berut-Lhopital specializes in English-to-French translations. After a few years studying psychology and law, she decided to focus on medical translation. She now writes a blog where you will be able to discover wonderful people with important messages in a lot of different areas, like entrepreneurship, self-help, education, non-violent communication, positive psychology, sexuality, neuroscience and feminism to name just a few.

Dr. Ramani Durvasula is a licensed clinical psychologist, author, and expert on the impact of toxic narcissism. She is a Professor of Psychology at California State University, Los Angeles, and also a Visiting Professor at the University of Johannesburg.

The focus of Dr. Ramani’s clinical, academic, and consultative work is the etiology and impact of narcissism and high-conflict, entitled, antagonistic personality styles on human relationships, mental health, and societal expectations. She has spoken on these issues to clinicians, educators, and researchers around the world.

She is the author of Should I Stay or Should I Go: Surviving a Relationship With a Narcissist, and Don't You Know Who I Am? How to Stay Sane in an Era of Narcissism, Entitlement, and Incivility. Her work has been featured at SxSW, TEDx, and on a wide range of media platforms including Red Table Talk, the Today Show, Oxygen, Investigation Discovery, and Bravo, and she is a featured expert on the digital media mental health platform MedCircle. Dr. Durvasula’s research on personality disorders has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and she is a Consulting Editor of the scientific journal Behavioral Medicine.

Dr. Stephen Porges is a Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and Professor Emeritus at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He is a former president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research and has been president of the Federation of Behavioral, Psychological, and Cognitive Sciences, which represents approximately twenty-thousand biobehavioral scientists. He’s led a number of other organizations and received a wide variety of professional awards.

In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that links the evolution of the mammalian autonomic nervous system to social behavior and emphasizes the importance of physiological states in the expression of behavioral problems and psychiatric disorders. The theory is leading to innovative treatments based on insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical disorders, and has had a major impact on the field of psychology.

Dr. Porges has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers across a wide array of disciplines. He’s also the author of several books including The Polyvagal Theory: Neurophysiological foundations of Emotions, Attachment, Communication, and Self-regulation.

Dr. Bruce Perry is the Principal of the Neurosequential Network, Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, and a Professor (Adjunct) in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago and the School of Allied Health at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. From 1993 to 2001 he was the Thomas S. Trammell Research Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and chief of psychiatry at Texas Children's Hospital.

He’s one of the world’s leading experts on the impact of trauma in childhood, and his work on the impact of abuse, neglect, and trauma on the developing brain has impacted clinical practice, programs, and policy across the world. His work has been instrumental in describing how traumatic events in childhood change the biology of the brain.

Dr. Perry's most recent book, What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing, co-authored with Oprah Winfrey, was released earlier this year. Dr. Perry is also the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children, and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered. Additionally, he’s authored more than 300 journal articles and book chapters and has been the recipient of a variety of professional awards.

Dr. Allison Briscoe-Smith is a child clinical psychologist who specializes in trauma and issues of race. She earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard and then received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. She performed postdoctoral work at the University of California San Francisco/San Francisco General Hospital. She has combined her love of teaching and advocacy by serving as a professor and by directing mental health programs for children experiencing trauma, homelessness, or foster care.

Dr. Briscoe-Smith is also a senior fellow of Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center and is both a professor and the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Wright Institute. She provides consultation and training to nonprofits and schools on how to support trauma-informed practices and cultural accountability.

Sharon Salzberg is a world-renowned teacher and New York Times bestselling author. She is widely considered one of the most influential individuals in bringing mindfulness practices to the West, and co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts alongside Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein. Sharon has been a student of Dipa Ma, Anagarika Munindra, and Sayadaw U Pandita alongside other masters.

Sharon has authored 10 books, and is the host of the fantastic Metta Hour podcast. She was a contributing editor of Oprah’s O Magazine, had her work featured in Time and on NPR, and contributed to panels alongside the Dalai Lama.

Rick Hanson, PhD is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and New York Times best-selling author. His books have been published in 29 languages and include NeurodharmaResilient, Hardwiring HappinessBuddha’s BrainJust One Thing, and Mother Nurture – with 900,000 copies in English alone. His free newsletters have 215,000 subscribers and his online programs have scholarships available for those with financial need. He’s lectured at NASA, Google, Oxford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. An expert on positive neuroplasticity, his work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, NPR, and other major media. He began meditating in 1974 and is the founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. He and his wife live in northern California and have two adult children. He loves wilderness and taking a break from emails.

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