139. Neurodharma with Rick Hanson (Part 1)

What if you could grow a little stronger, more loving, calmer, and clearer each day? Starting today? And what if you sustain these qualities even during times of stress? This is possible, according to Dr. Rick Hanson, a neuropsychologist and senior fellow at the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center. He offers a set of concrete practices to develop seven key qualities steeped in ancient wisdom practices and cutting-edge neuroscience. Join Yael for the first episode of a transformative two-part series with Dr. Hanson about his latest book, Neurodharma: New Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Seven Practices of the Highest Happiness.

During the episode, you’ll hear a fascinating discussion about what is happening in the brains of individuals who have made it their life’s work to develop a more grounded, calm, and contented sense of being. Then you’ll have a chance to try some of the very accessible practices recommended in Neurodharma to develop your own unshakable core.

Listen and Learn:

  • What are Neurodharma’s seven power practices? 
  • Why mindfulness meditation is so powerful
  • How savoring the good cultivates equanimity (and feels great!)
  • The neurological basis for taking in the good
  • The neurological basis for why suffering tends to stick in our brains
  • Dr. Hanson’s personal favorite compassion exercises

About Dr. Hanson:

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Dr. Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, senior fellow at the UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center, and the founder of The Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom. Dr. Hanson is also a meditation teacher and New York Times best-selling author of several books including his newest book, Neurodharma: New Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Seven Practices of the Highest Happiness Dr. Hanson’s other books include Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength and Happiness; Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom; and Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm and Confidence.

Dr. Hanson has spent decades both researching and steeping himself in neuroscience, clinical psychology and contemplative practices and is deeply committed to teaching people scientifically-validated methods to help them take charge of changing their brains for the better, from the inside out. Dr. Hanson received a B.A. from UCLA and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute. 


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Episode 139