Consciousness

Enjoy Four Kinds of Peace

What’s your sense of peace? The Practice: Enjoy four kinds of peace. Why? “Peace” can sound merely sentimental or clichéd (“visualize whirled peas”). But deep down, it’s what most of us long for. Consider the proverb: The highest happiness...

thoughts on radical passover

when st. francis exclaimed that he desired to become god's instrument for the bestowing of blessings on all beings, or when the bodhisattva vows not to rest until all beings are saved before she...

thoughts on love and the deed of loving

at the beginning it was the encounter, and all real life is meeting. we are not all one. i and you are not one, and that's how we can love each other. if i love...

Be Helpful by Rick Hanson Ph.D.

BE HELPFUL What can I do? The Practice: Be helpful. Why? I’m doing a series on my personal top five practices (all tied for first place), and have so far named three:meditate (including mindfulness, self-awareness, and, if you like, prayer), take...

What’s in Your Heart to Say? by Rick Hanson Ph.D.

What’s in your heart to say? The Practice: Speak truly. Why? It’s been said that the most powerful tool for physical health is a fork (or spoon), since the choices you make with it determine the good or...

On Merton’s Snow and Watt’s Potatoes

"your heart is my hermitage" - thomas merton one of the most profound beauties in merton's spiritual journey is his progression from a spirituality of "the" heart as a general proposition in the abstract, to...

Harnessing the Power of Time

One day about five years ago, when Barak Obama was running for president the first time, I heard him talking on the radio about wind power.  He said that the wind is a cheap,...

Don’t Quarrel by Rick Hanson Ph.D.

DON’T QUARREL Who do you argue with? The Practice: Don’t quarrel. Why? It’s one thing to stick up for yourself and others. But it’s a different matter to get caught up in wrangles, contentiousness, squabbles . . . in...

Lighten Up by Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

LIGHTEN UP What’s weighing you down? The Practice: Lighten up. Why? On the path of life, most of us are hauling way too much weight. What’s in your own backpack? If you’re like most of us, you’ve got too many...

See Deep Wants by Rick Hanson Ph.D.

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, what’re the deepest wants of all? The Practice:  See deep wants. Why? I did my Ph.D. dissertation by videotaping 20 mother-toddler pairs and analyzing what happened when the mom offered an alternative to...