The Foundations of Well-Being

This month marks the start of a new year long course that is being run by Dr. Rick Hanson, who happens to be the author of our book club selection ‘Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom’. (Join in on the conversation on member’s website: http://www.mindfulnessassociation.org/Membership.aspx).

The course is called The Foundations of Well-Being: A Year of Growing Good in Your Brain and in Your Life and offers access to a plethora of  teaching exports on the subject.Looking at the line up, I feel like a kid in a candy store in regards to the knowledgable, renowned experts in the field of Mindfulness and Compassion and Neuroscience . I mean, every name on my book shelf is involved in this course: Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Dan Siegal, Paul Gilbert, Roshi Joan Halifax and the list goes on.

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So, who is this guy…Dr. Rick Hanson?

When I checked out his author profile on the ‘Sounds True’ webpage, this is what I learned:

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence (in 14 languages), Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom (in 25 languages), Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time (in 14 languages), and Mother Nurture: A Mother’s Guide to Health in Body, Mind, and Intimate Relationships. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA, his work has been featured on CBS, BBC, NPR, CBC, FoxBusiness, Consumer Reports Health, U.S. News and World Report, and O Magazine, and he has several audio programs with Sounds True. His weekly e-newsletter — Just One Thing — has over 100,000 subscribers and also appears on Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other major websites. For more information, please see his full profile at www.RickHanson.net.

Also, check out his Ted talk:

Hardwiring happiness: Dr. Rick Hanson at TEDxMarin 2013

Watch this video on YouTube.

In other words, he has some merit. 😉

If you are interested in taking this year long online course, please click:

http://www.rickhanson.net/heatherxyoga/foundations-program

Did I mention that he has agreed to come to our annual June conference?? Watch this space!

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