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

Richie Davidson

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

Thupten Jinpa

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

Daniel Siegel

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 […]

Kelly McGonigal On The Science Of WillPower

Kelly McGonigal

Dr. Kelly McGonigal  is a health scientist at Stanford University and author. Her book is called, “The WillPower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It.” I recently listened to an interview she did with Dr. Rick Hanson. The interview took place online in collaboration with Sounds […]

The Dalai Lama Learns Quantum Theory


This video was recorded during the fourteenth meeting of the Mind and Life Institute. In it, the Dalai Lama learns quantum theory. In this session, noted physicist, Anton Zeilinger, who had been with the Dalai Lama at previous Mind and Life conferences, updated His Holiness on the latest research since their prior meeting nine years before. […]

5 Reasons Why Mindfulness Will Change The World

People practicing yoga

This article, which first appeared on the Huffington Post, mentions 5 reasons why mindfulness will change the world in the 2014. It appeared on January 2 as Why 2014 Will Be The Year Of Mindful Living, and this is the first time I have had to review it. Before I go into the 5 reasons […]