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The Neuroscience Of Mindfulness – Rick Hanson

The Neuroscience Of Mindfulness With Dr Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson is a neuropsychologist and New York Times best-selling author. His books include ‘Hardwiring Happiness’, ‘Buddha’s Brain’, ‘Just One Thing’, and ‘Mother Nurture’. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he has taught in meditation centres worldwide and has created a powerful one year online course called the Foundations of Well-Being.

Today we talk about all things neuroscience and mindfulness. In this video Melli and Rick explore…

  • How mindfulness affects the body and brain, and therefore our lives.
  • What you can expect to unfold in brain and behaviour with long term practice of mindfulness.
  • The ideal amount of time per day to practice.
  • The brain based reason that mindfulness can change our sense of self.
  • The science backed benefits of mindfulness
  • Powerful tips on how to get the best out of your meditation practice

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265 Responses

  1. Maryann_Borg_1955

    I found this so so interesting. The way you explained things was exactly what my brain responds to.
    I have a question however. A very important one for me personally and one I have asked a number of times with no response. I suffer from Lupus (SLE). The illness means that my immune system is on over drive. I have heard you say that the immune system of meditators is improved. Would that make meditation dangerous for people who suffer from Lupus? I know you may not have the answer to this…but if you do I’d be very grateful for your insight.
    Thank you again!

    1. Paula Schuler

      That’s a great question. I have an auto-immune disorder as well (Linear Scleroderma) & your question made me ponder this for myself. I hope you receive an answer to your question. Good luck on your journey!

      1. Maryann Borg

        Thanks so much Paula….Also I was diagnosed a few months just after having started my daily Meditations…and after a week long retreat…..I hope some research will be done of this possibility. All the best and stay strong!

    2. Janis Augustin

      Improve means get your system back to its optimal condition, have no doubt about that. Your brain is in charge of your physiology. Take csre of your brain, it will take care of you.

  2. JannP

    Thank you Rick for reminding us that Mindfulness is but one of the eight-fold path. I appreciated that you included moral commitment, gratitude, compassion, loving kindness.

  3. Paula Schuler

    This has been the most beneficial session so far for me. I have a Biology background, and absolutely love numbers and data & scientific studies. We hear evidence of Mindfulness improving people’s lives, but to hear the science behind it makes me want to continue to be more Mindful even more so than before. The thought that I could actually change the way my brain functions is absolutely fantastic. Thank you for another great interview. I am enjoying the Summit so much Mellie!

  4. Paula Schuler

    This has been the most beneficial session so far for me. I have a Biology background, and absolutely love numbers and data & scientific studies. We hear evidence of Mindfulness improving people’s lives, but to hear the science behind it makes me want to continue to be more Mindful even more so than before. The thought that I could actually change the way my brain functions is absolutely fantastic. Thank you for another great interview. I am enjoying the Summit so much Mellie!

  5. Laura Scarselli

    Thank you so much for the science of mindfulness. Science is the best motivator for non-believers. I have found that science really allows skeptics to consider meditative practices and even encourages many to start.
    Thank you

  6. David

    For some reason cannot see the audio only version. Been k for other talks – is this a problem my end? Limited wifi!

    P..S. Really enjoying the talks/ summit so far. 🙂

  7. Darl

    Fascinating. This guy is brilliant As much as I’ve enjoyed the majority of interviews, he is able to put some very complex findings into simple words that the average person can understand. I want to listen again because there was a lot to take in. Did he use the I and eye in both contexts or was I reading something into this. I had never heard the observance of one’s own mind called “the eye” but that makes a lot of sense. I am hooked on this whole topic and very excited to read and learn so much more. I’m biased to Adyashanti because he was my first but will now explore all of these others as well.

  8. teresa

    Wow, such dense and useful information, Respecting our fundamental caveman brain, especially at the end ( I had to rewind and listen many times ) when answering her question about the possibility of reaching critical mass awareness of population for our planet; mindfulness alone will not do it, but it will get us there. Excellent, and inspiring! Cant wait to get his books! Thank you!

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