What a wonderful interview with a great author who will enlighten you about the neuroscience associated with the brain. Rick Hanson’s new book entitled, “Buddha’s Brain-The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom“, is a fascinating in-depth look at how science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain. By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of contemplative practice, you too, can use your mind to shape your brain for greater happiness, love and wisdom.
In my interview with Rick, we explore the brain physiology and how the brain evolved to keep humans safe from external threats; the resulting “built-in negative bias” that creates suffering in modern individuals. As quoted by psychologist Donald Hebb–“when neurons fire together, they wire together”. Rick argues that the brain’s functioning can be affected by simple practices and meditations to foster well-being. Rick states that classic Buddhist concepts such as the “three trainings” of mindfulness, virtuous action and wisdom can help one in attaining greater levels of happiness.
“Buddha’s Brain-The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom” shows you how to:
- Stress Proof your brain.
- Practical and proven methods for feeling less irritable, sad and defensive.
- Simple daily exercises to reprogram the brain to handle stress better.
- How cultivating love and compassion for self and others combats anxiety.
- Brain savvy ways to build resilience and inner strength
- The Five “C’s” (Consciousness, Calm, Contentment, Caring and Creativity)
If you are looking for ways to de-stress your life and to have more peace and harmony, then I highly recommend that you read Rick Hanson’s new book. It is written in a simple and easy to read format that informs and educates you on exactly what to do and how to apply these life changing practices.
If you would like more information, Dr. Hanson has developed a wonderful website with lots of informative articles and tools. You can access the Wise Brain.org website by clicking here.
Enjoy this wonderful interview, and most of all, try some of these practices. You will be happy that you did.