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What Do You Need?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 07.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

What do you need? The Practice: Grow a key inner strength. Why? We all have issues -- including demands upon us, stresses, illnesses, losses, vulne...

Who's Left Off Your Gift List?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 06.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Gifting yourself comes in many forms, most them in small moments in everyday life. For example, as I write this, the gift is to lean back from the keyboard, take a breath, look out the window, and relax. It's a do-able gift.

Where Are You?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.31.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Let go into feeling buoyed by the uprising swelling of this moment congealing into existence, endlessly renewed by the next emerging. Open to trusting in this process, like a wave continually carrying you even as it continually breaks into foam.

Are You Getting Rope Burn?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Clinging is different from healthy desire, where we have wholesome values, aims, purposes, aspiration, and commitments -- without being attached to the results.

What's Fundamental?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

I and others tend to skip over the fundamentals for a variety of reasons, including impatience, laziness, or a kind of arrogance that thinks we can sort of get away with not paying our dues.

Is Your Mind Wandering?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

But to gain better control of attention - to become more mindful and more able to concentrate - we need to overcome a few challenges.

Are You Hard on Yourself?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 04.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Some people err on the side of denying or defending these faults (a word I use broadly here). But most people go to the other extreme, repeatedly criticizing themselves in the foreground of awareness, or having a background sense of guilt, unworthiness, and low confidence.

What Gets You Stuck?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 04.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

And then -- sheesh! -- it's time to move on. To more positive topics, or to stepping back in the relationship, or to more productive ways of relating with the person.

Are You Full to the Rim?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Drop the stuff you can no longer afford to lug around.

Who Are You, Deep Down?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

I've learned five good ways to feel like a good person -- and there are probably more!

Is It Truly Urgent?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.14.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Is it truly urgent? The Practice: Lower the pressure. Why? Things come at us with so much urgency and demand these days. Phones ring, texts buzz...

What's Your Own Role?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 03.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

What's your own role? The Practice: See your part. Why? In situations or relationships with any kind of difficulty -- tension, feeling hurt, confli...

What Happens When You Look at Someone?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

What happens when you look at someone? The Practice: See beings, not bodies. Why? When we encounter someone, usually the mind automatically slots ...

Longing for Love?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Get a sense of parts within you that want to feel seen, included, appreciated, wanted, respected, liked, cherished, and loved. Everyone has these parts. They often feel young, soft, or vulnerable.

What Do Their Faces Say to You?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

What do their faces say to you? The Practice: Receive faces. Why? As our ancestors evolved over millions of years in small bands, continually inter...

Juggling Bricks?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 01.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Juggling bricks? The Practice: Step into the cloud. Why? I had a light bulb moment recently: I was feeling stressed about all the stuff I had to...

What is Living You?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 01.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

What is living you? The Practice: Give over to good. Why? In every moment, you and I and everyone and everything else -- from quantum foam to flee...

What Matters Most to You?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 12.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

What matters most to you? The Practice: Remember the big things. Why? In every life, reminders arrive about what's really important. I've recently...

Busy, Busy?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 12.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

But when you get some rest, and get more rested, you have more energy, mental clarity, resilience for the hard things, patience, and wholehearted caring for others.

What Do You Want?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 12.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Much of what we want to avoid -- like the discomfort of speaking out, some kinds of psychological or spiritual growth, standing up for others, exercising, being emotionally vulnerable, or really going after one's dreams -- would actually be really good for oneself and others.

What's Weighing You Down?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

What's in your own backpack? If you're like most of us, you've got too many items on each day's to-do list and too much stuff in the closet. Too many entanglements with other people. And too many "shoulds," worries, guilts and regrets.

Are Some Things Getting Better?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Are some things getting better? The Practice: See progress. Why? There are always things that are getting worse. For example, over the past year, y...

Why Do We Have Cheerleaders?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Why do we have cheerleaders? The Practice: Don't rain on the parade. Why? Let's say you've had an interesting idea or moment of inspiration, or th...

What's the Most Important Thing?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

What's the most important thing? The Practice: Keep your eyes on the prize. Why? Have you heard this saying? The most important thing is to rememb...

Are You Holding Onto Feeling Wronged?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 09.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

As best you can, take care of yourself and those you care for. Protect yourself against ongoing or potential harms. Do what you can to repair the damage done to you. Keep making your life a good one.