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 I did find three short clips that are totally worth watching.

The clips are all from the documentary film, Free The Mind by Phie Ambo.

This first clip shows the severity of Will’s phobia of going in an elevator.

One of the things that helped Will overcome his trauma of being in an elevator was his “mind bottle.”

Richie Davidson’s Mind Bottles are homemade snow globes filled with water and glitter.

Will was taught to shake the mind bottle and watch the glitter settle as his own mind settled down.

Eventually, he was able to ride the elevator, as shown in this second clip.

This third clip shows how returning veterans from Iraq suffer greatly from PTSD.

The success of introducing a breathing  technique called Sudarshan Kriya to the veterans is very moving.

It will only take you about 10 minutes to watch all three videos.

Please answer this multiple choice question in the comments below:

Which was the most moving part of the three videos:

a) Will’s success in the elevator
b) Use of Mind Bottles
c) Veterans learning Sudarshan Kriya meditation

Note: This video was first shared on Best Meditation Videos on October 14, 2012, almost two years ago. The story is so riveting it is worth reproducing!

Books by Richie davidson

The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live–and How You Can Change Them

Richard J. Davidson

What is your emotional fingerprint?

Why are some people so quick to recover from setbacks? Why are some so attuned to others that they seem psychic? Why are some people always up and others always down? In his thirty-year quest to answer these questions, pioneering neuroscientist Richar… [Read More…]

This book is highly recommended reading. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

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