How to Use RAIN

These words of wisdom from Teah Strozer talk about how getting started on a spiritual path take courage. The main thrust of the Tricycle.com article, however, was how to use RAIN. RAIN is an acronym for a four part meditation procedure developed initially by Insight Meditation Society teacher Michele McDonald and more thoroughly discussed by […]

Insight Meditation With Tara Brach

This video is an excellent introduction to  insight meditation with Tara Brach. Tara Brach is a well-known vipassana meditation teacher. Vipassana meditation is mindfulness meditation that promotes insight. The other kind of mindfulness meditation is samatha meditation. Mindfulness meditation begins with samatha (calming) to obtain a state of peace and tranquility. This is usually accomplished […]

Kelly McGonigal On The Science Of WillPower

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 […]

Secular Mindfulness For Stress Relief

These days, business leaders, politicians, and educators are using mindfulness to cope with stress. They are taking advantage of secular mindfulness for stress relief in their lives. This video from Laura Evans of Fox News in Washington, DC reports that 65% of Americans are not able to take time for themselves at least once a […]

Taking Refuge In Kindness

Taking refuge in kindness is coming home to yourself with a gesture of kindness when you are feeling anxious, lonely, depressed, and down on yourself. Tara Brach teaches us to have a little self-compassion: The way of healing and homecoming begins with what I call “a gesture of kindness.” You might for instance put your […]

Tara Brach Is Coming To The Spirit Rock Meditation Center

Tara Brach is the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and author of Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha and True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart. She was one of the featured presenters in the Sounds True production of The Compassionate Brain, hosted by Dr. Rick […]

The Neuroscience Of Compassion

The Compassionate Brain is an eight part mini-series on the neuroscience of compassion. The series is presented by Dr. Rick Hanson in collaboration with Sounds True. It features many of the seminal thinkers in the research on the compassionate brain. Originally scheduled for seven sessions, Dr. Hanson has added another one tonight to discuss the […]

Mindfulness and Neuroscience

In a recent post titled The Neuroscience Of Meditation, I commented on an article that my dharma brother, Paul Tingen wrote on the Mindfulness Bell website. Paul’s article was called, “Using Mindfulness to Rewire the Brain.” I responded to Paul though the OI (Order of Interbeing) Yahoo group the same day that it appeared in my inbox. […]