Your Brain at Work

Your Brain at Work is the title of David Rock’s book that presents strategies to overcome distractions, regain focus, and be smarter all day long. One of the most successful strategies is the reappraisal of anything external that causes distress. Like the Buddha‘s teaching of the The Second Arrow, the pain caused by the distress […]

Meditation and the Science of Human Flourishing

Meditation and the Science of Human Flourishing was the name of a workshop which took place last Saturday, June 11, 2016 with Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and Dr. Richie Davidson at Stanford University sponsored by The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and Tergar, Rimpoche’s meditation community. Richie talked about how he was […]

Genes do not Necessarily Determine Behavior

In this quote from Richie Davidson, we learn that genes do not necessarily determine behavior. They are like a switch that can be turned on and off, depending on causes and conditions in our lives. “These were the first hints that our emotional and psychological fate does not lie solely within the twists of the […]

Your Secondary Brain

Scientists have known for a long time that your secondary brain is in your gut. This is the origin of the “gut feeling” that we sometimes get when we are about to do something or make an important decision. “The neurons in the gut are so innumerable that many scientists are now calling the totality […]

Meditation Can Change Your Brain

In this video, Dr. Richie Davidson tells us how meditation can change your brain. His the primary investigator and professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin laboratory for Affective Neuroscience. His work is well-known in scientific and meditation circles. He was one of the first investigators to scientifically study Tibetan monks in […]

How to Develop Motivation

These words of wisdom from by Thupten Jinpa show us how to develop motivation. We will see more on this theme tomorrow from Jon Kabat-Zinn. Thupten Jinpa is best known as the Dalai Lama‘s long-time translator and close friend. At one time, he was also a monk. This man was also partly responsible for […]

Richie Davidson’s Lecture At Stanford

Dr. Richie Davidson’s lecture at Stanford was on October 2, 2012). He is the founder of the new field of affective neuroscience and the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also one of the most beloved scientists of the Dalai Lama, having participated in many of […]

Self-Awareness Can Alter Misplaced Emotions

This video from Athene explores the neuroscientific basis for altering misplaced emotions. It teaches us that self-awareness can alter misplaced emotions. Strengthening your neural connections can increase your abilities in any activity you choose, even calming misplaced emotions. Becoming more self-aware can greatly enrich your life experience, especially through connections with others and social validation. […]

Daniel Siegel Talks About Mindsight

Dr. Daniel Siegel gave one of those Google talks that we have been reporting on for several months now. In this video, Daniel Siegel talks about mindsight. Mindsight is a method for training your brain in beneficial ways. It provides a means to perceive and strengthen the mind, itself. Dr. Siegel was also featured on […]

Richie Davidson’s Mind Bottles

At Richie Davidson’s CCARE (The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education) lecture at Stanford University on October 2, he presented a video clip showing a little boy who had a severe fear and phobia of being in or riding in an elevator. I have been unable to locate the clip that he presented, but […]