Rick Hanson, Ph. D.

rick_hanson 3 of my favorite books that have propelled me into self love, self caring, and self appreciation of my life as it is. I do it by teaching my brain to change my mind which in turn changes my brain.

Why should you read any of them or all of them?

There is always advancement in technology and science and such movement forward has given scientists an open world on how we can improve our brain and mind. It will also be good for you to be your best friend and your best advocate to be resilient.

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. has been writing books and has created meditations that help people understand how the mind and brain function. In Mind Changing Brain Changing Mind by Rick Hanson The Dharma and Neuroscience he refers to the mind as the place where “the flow of information through the nervous system, most of which is forever unconscious.” and the brain which he refers as “the brain is embedded in larger systems, including the nervous system as a whole, other bodily systems, and then biology, culture, and evolution. It is shaped by those systems, and also shaped by the mind itself.” all of this to say we know so little and there is so much chaos that the little we know we can use to our benefit to understand the chaos of our mind/brain. But when we teach ourselves to see our thoughts without judgement, when we stop and settle to see how we think, what we think before we act upon the actions of others we are able to feel less chaos and to be settled with the always changing of what’s around us.

The books have not just helped me understand my chaotic brain, they have also, along with meditations, helped me take on the world as it comes.

In conclusion, I am advocating for you to be informed and for you to  STOP and watch your thoughts come and go as if they are sitting on top of clouds. Sometimes those thoughts are negative, just watch them without judgement and let them go. When they are positive, embrace them without judgement and take them in as they fulfill you with love, appreciation, and care. Then let them go too. The many little good things that can help you feel good can happen 15 seconds at a time.

Here is what Rick Hanson wrote in one of articles: “The reality is that the more we study how the mind and brain intertwine, the more we find how well it maps with Dharma. The Buddha clearly understood this cycle of using the mind to change the brain, which then changes the future mind. If this is done well, it reduces suffering. He showed us ways to examine our experience, see how this works, and use that intuitive, direct understanding to free ourselves from suffering—completely free ourselves, in this very life, potentially.”

Here is a way to get started on “Take in the Good”: https://youtu.be/jA3EGx46r4Q

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