What Goes On In Your Brain When You Meditate

This video, which is part of The Science of Consciousness, Dr. Richie Davidson answers the question, “What goes on in your brain when you meditate?” Richie Davidson is a professor of psychology and psychiatry, and director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He also was one of the presenters […]

What Blocks Compassion?

Dr. Paul Gilbert is the head of the Mental Health Research Unit as well as Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby. Dr. Gilbert was another speaker at  the conference for Empathy and Compassion in Society in London in the fall of 2012. His subject was what blocks compassion. He talked about suffering and how we […]

Roshi Joan Halifax Is Coming To Stanford

Roshi Joan Halifax is coming to Stanford University in one week on February 20, 2013. She will be in conversation with Dr. Jim Doty, Stanford neuroscientist and founder of The Center for Compassion And Altruism Research And Education (CCARE). When I met Roshi Joan Halifax sixteen years ago, I had no idea she was such an […]

Using WillPower To Curb Your Technology Addiction

Dr. Kelly McGonigal is a teacher at Stanford University for The Center for Compassion And Altruism Research And Education (CCARE). She is also author an important book on “The WillPower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It.” Kelly is one of the world’s experts on willpower. I came […]

Yoga For Pain Relief

Dr. Kelly McGonigal is a yoga teacher as well as being a health scientist and lecturer at the Stanford University Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). She was also a major contributor to the Sounds True production of The Compassionate Brain hosted by Dr. Rick Hanson. Her book, The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You […]

The Five Biggest Myths Of Willpower

Dr. Kelly McGonigal is one of the world’s expert on willpower. She wrote the book on the subject: The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It. She is also a health psychologist and teacher at the Stanford University Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). […]

The Science Of Yoga With Jon Kabat-Zinn And Kelly McGonigal

Jon Kabat-Zinn Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is the brain child of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. He is the founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts. The MBSR program includes mindfulness meditation and Hatha yoga. He defines mindfulness as “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, […]

The Neuroscience Of Meditation

My dharma brother, Paul Tingen, recently published an article on the Mindfulness Bell website. The title of the article is “Using Mindfulness to Rewire the Brain: How the Insights of Neuroscience Can Aid Our Practice.” It explains Paul’s view on the neuroscience of meditation. By dharma brother, I mean that both Paul and I are members of the […]

Compassion Research Has Gone Mainstream

CCARE –The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University was founded in 2005 by Dr. James Doty. This organization demonstrates that compassion research has gone mainstream.The premise of CCARE is that compassion and altruism are innate qualities that all people (and animals – see photo!) share. Their research is totally endorsed […]

Richie Davidson Came To Stanford

Dr. Richie Davidson gave the Meng-Wu lecture for The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University last night. I felt really privileged to be able to attend. Richie Davidson is one of the world’s leading neuroscientists and considered by Time Magazine to be one of the 100 most influential people. He founded the field […]