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About Rick Hanson
Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he's lectured at NASA, Google, Oxford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with 150,000 subscribers. His popular online programs have scholarships available for those with financial need.
Dr. Hanson has been a trustee of Saybrook University, served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and was president of the board of FamilyWorks, a community agency. He began meditating in 1974, trained in several traditions, and leads a weekly meditation gathering. He and his wife live in northern California and have two adult children. He enjoys being in wilderness and taking a break from emails.
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Throughout history, people have sought the heights of human potential—to become as wise and strong, happy and loving, as any person can ever be. And now recent science is revealing how these remarkable ways of being are based on equally remarkable changes in our own nervous system, making them more attainable than ever before.
In Neurodharma, the follow-up to his classic Buddha’s Brain, New York Times bestselling author Rick Hanson, PhD, not only explores the new neuroscience of awakening but also offers a bold yet plausible plan for reverse-engineering peak experiences, sense of oneness, and even enlightenment itself. And he does so with his trademark blend of solid science and warm encouragement, guiding you along this high-reaching path with good humor, accessible tools, and personal examples.
A groundbreaking yet practical book, Neurodharma shares seven practices for strengthening the neural circuitry of profound contentment and inner peace—qualities that offer essential support in everyday life while also supporting the exploration of the most radical reaches of human consciousness. Step by step, this book explains how to apply these insights in order to cultivate unshakable presence of mind, a courageous heart, and serenity in a changing world. The breakthroughs of the great teachers are not reserved for the chosen few. Dr. Hanson shows how we can embody them ourselves in daily life to handle stress, heal old pain, feel at ease with others, and rest in the sense of our natural goodness.
The Buddha didn’t use an MRI to become enlightened. Still, 2,500 years after he walked the dusty roads of northern India, neuroscientists are discovering the mechanisms of the brain that underpin the Buddha’s penetrating analysis of the mind. With deep research, stories, guided meditations, examples, and applications, Dr. Hanson offers a fascinating, inspiring vision of who we can be—and an effective path for fulfilling this wonderful possibility.
These days it’s hard to count on the world outside. So it’s vital to grow strengths inside like grit, gratitude, and compassion—the key to resilience, and to lasting well-being in a changing world.
True resilience is much more than enduring terrible conditions. We need resilience every day to raise a family, work at a job, cope with stress, deal with health problems, navigate issues with others, heal from old pain, and simply keep on going.
With his trademark blend of neuroscience, mindfulness, and positive psychology, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Rick Hanson shows you how to develop twelve vital inner strengths hardwired into your own nervous system. Then no matter what life throws at you, you’ll be able to feel less stressed, pursue opportunities with confidence, and stay calm and centered in the face of adversity.
This practical guide is full of concrete suggestions, experiential practices, personal examples, and insights into the brain. It includes effective ways to interact with others and to repair and deepen important relationships.
Warm, encouraging, and down-to-earth, Dr. Hanson’s step-by-step approach is grounded in the science of positive neuroplasticity. He explains how to overcome the brain’s negativity bias, release painful thoughts and feelings, and replace them with self-compassion, self-worth, joy, and inner peace.
If you change your brain, you can change your life.
Great teachers like the Buddha, Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, and Gandhi were all born with brains built essentially like anyone else’s—and then they changed their brains in ways that changed the world. Science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain, and more and more, we are learning that it's possible to strengthen positive brain states.
By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of mindfulness practice, you too can use your mind to shape your brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom. Buddha's Brain draws on the latest research to show how to stimulate your brain for more fulfilling relationships, a deeper spiritual life, and a greater sense of inner confidence and worth. Using guided meditations and mindfulness exercises, you'll learn how to activate the brain states of calm, joy, and compassion instead of worry, sorrow, and anger. Most importantly, you will foster positive psychological growth that will literally change the way you live in your day-to-day life.
This book presents an unprecedented intersection of psychology, neurology, and contemplative practice, and is filled with practical tools and skills that you can use every day to tap the unused potential of your brain and rewire it over time for greater well-being and peace of mind.
Why is it easier to ruminate over hurt feelings than it is to bask in the warmth of being appreciated? Because your brain evolved to learn quickly from bad experiences and slowly from good ones, but you can change this.
Life isn’t easy, and having a brain wired to take in the bad and ignore the good makes us worried, irritated, and stressed, instead of confident, secure, and happy. But each day is filled with opportunities to build inner strengths and Dr. Rick Hanson, an acclaimed clinical psychologist, shows what you can do to override the brain’s default pessimism.
Hardwiring Happiness lays out a simple method that uses the hidden power of everyday experiences to build new neural structures full of happiness, love, confidence, and peace. You’ll learn to see through the lies your brain tells you. Dr. Hanson’s four steps build strengths into your brain to make contentment and a powerful sense of resilience the new normal. In just minutes a day, you can transform your brain into a refuge and power center of calm and happiness.
You've heard the expression, “It’s the little things that count.” It's more than a simple platitude. Research has shown that integrating little daily practices into your life can actually change the way your brain works.
This guide offers simple things you can do routinely, mainly inside your mind, that will support and increase your sense of security and worth, resilience, effectiveness, well-being, insight, and inner peace. For example, they include: taking in the good, protecting your brain, feeling safer, relaxing anxiety about imperfection, not knowing, enjoying your hands, taking refuge, and filling the hole in your heart. At first glance, you may be tempted to underestimate the power of these seemingly simple practices. But they will gradually change your brain through what’s called experience-dependent neuroplasticity.
Moment to moment, whatever you're aware of—sounds, sensations, thoughts, or your most heartfelt longings—is based on underlying neural activities. This book offers simple brain training practices you can do every day to protect against stress, lift your mood, and find greater emotional resilience.
Just one practice each day can help you to:
Be good to yourself
Enjoy life as it is
Build on your strengths
Be more effective at home and work
Make peace with your emotions
With over fifty daily practices you can use anytime, anywhere, Just One Thing is a groundbreaking combination of mindfulness meditation and neuroscience that can help you deepen your sense of well-being and unconditional happiness.
These practices are grounded in brain science, positive psychology, and contemplative training. They’re simple and easy to do - and they produce powerful results: bringing you more joy, more fulfilling relationships, and more peace of mind and heart.
Der Neuropsychologe Dr. Rick Hanson beschäftigt sich mit dem Zusammenwirken von Achtsamkeit, Hirnforschung und Psychologie. Was wir denken und fühlen hat Einfluss auf die Struktur unseres Gehirns. In seinem Bestseller »Das Gehirn eines Buddha« erklärt er die Grundlagen seines neurowissenschaftlichen Ansatzes. In seinem neuen Buch steht die tägliche Praxis im Vordergrund. Hanson stellt vor allem drei Wege vor zu heilen und zu wachsen: Achtsamkeit, das Loslassen problembehafteter Ereignisse und Strukturen und das Ersetzen dieser durch positive Gedanken, Erfahrungen und Emotionen.
La vera capacità di adattarsi a un mondo in continuo cambiamento scaturisce da forze interne come la grinta, la gratitudine e la compassione. Questa è la resilienza, quella dote di cui abbiamo bisogno ogni giorno per crescere una famiglia, lavorare insieme ad altri, affrontare lo stress, i problemi di salute, le divergenze, il dolore o semplicemente i momenti di difficoltà. Con la sua caratteristica miscela di neuroscienza, mindfulness e psicologia positiva, il dottor Rick Hanson ci mostra come sviluppare dodici forze interiori vitali legate al nostro sistema nervoso.
Attraverso una guida pratica, piena di suggerimenti concreti, esercizi, esempi personali e informazioni preziose su come funziona il nostro cervello, ci offre gli strumenti per affrontare le sfide della vita con meno ansia, più ottimismo, fiducia in noi stessi, calma e concentrazione.
Caloroso, incoraggiante ed efficace, l'approccio passo-passo del dottor Hanson insegna come allenare il nostro cervello ai pensieri positivi, come liberarsi dai sentimenti dolorosi e sostituirli con autocompassione, autostima, gioia e pace interiore.
Der Strom unserer Gedanken formt unser Gehirn und vermag uns so, neue Möglichkeiten, Handlungsräume und Gefühlswelten zu eröffnen - oder auch zu verschließen. Demgemäß lautet die grundlegende Botschaft aktueller neurobiologischer Forschung: "Indem du dein Gehirn verändern kannst, kannst du dein Leben ändern."
Gestützt auf jüngste Forschungsergebnisse zeigt uns Das Gehirn eines Buddha auf, wie wir unser Gehirn stimulieren und stärken können, um zu erfüllenderen Beziehungen und zu einem stärkeren Gefühl von innerem Vertrauen und Wert zu finden.
Just One Thing gibt uns 52 kurze, kraftvolle Tipps und Tricks an die Hand, wie wir trotz Stress und alltäglicher Herausforderungen ein friedliches und erfülltes Leben führen können. Der bekannte Neuropsychologe Rick Hanson zeigt uns, wie wir unsere Zeit und Energie gezielt nutzen können, um unser Gehirn zu stärken und unser Herz zu öffnen.
Just One Thing hilft uns,
gut zu uns selbst zu sein,
das Leben so zu genießen, wie es ist,
auf unsere eigenen Stärken zu bauen,
Stress und schwierigen Gefühlen zu begegnen,
den Arbeits- und Familienalltag zu genießen.