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Recognize Suffering in Others by Rick Hanson Ph.D.

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RECOGNIZE SUFFERING IN OTHERS Where Does It Hurt? The Practice: Recognize suffering in others. Why? We’re usually aware of our own suffering, which – broadly defined – includes the whole range of physical and mental discomfort, from mild headache...

Be Helpful by Rick Hanson Ph.D.

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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...

Harnessing the Power of Time

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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.

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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...

Once Upon a Swim…

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I was in the middle of a long training swim one afternoon, preparing for a triathlon, feeling pressured to complete the session, already thinking ahead to the impossible list of things I had to...

Lighten Up by Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

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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.

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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...

Just One Thing by Rick Hanson Ph.D.

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  What do others want? The Practice: See good intentions. Why? Hustling through an airport, I stopped to buy some water. At the shop’s refrigerator, a man was bent over, loading bottles into it. I reached past him and...

The Mnemosyne Weekly: Poem Twenty-One (Lorca)

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  Federico García Lorca "Farewell" Translated by W. S. Merwin Here's a gorgeous little poem by Federico García Lorca. What hunger for life he conveys, even in death! And so much is said with just a few simple images. It's...

The Mnemosyne Weekly: Poem Eighteen (Harper)

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Reuben, Reuben Michael S. Harper My selection this week is the powerful Michael S. Harper poem, "Reuben, Reuben," from the collection Images of Kin, which came out in 1977 and was nominated for a National Book Award.  It has...