Mindrolling – Raghu Markus – Ep. 340 – Practices of the Highest Happiness with Dr. Rick Hanson

Dr. Rick Hanson

Psychologist and author Dr. Rick Hanson visits the Mindrolling Podcast for a conversation around cultivating resilience, healing trauma and the practices that are available for training our reactivity.

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, senior fellow of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and New York Times best-selling author. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s lectured at NASA, Google, Oxford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. Learn more about Rick, available courses and his podcast, Being Well, at rickhanson.net.

Practices of the Highest Happiness

Raghu speaks with Rick about the importance of cultivating resilience, the topic of the book that Rick recently co-authored, Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness. 

When You Were Young (21:10)

How does trauma in our childhood carry through into our adulthood and old age? Rick talks about the science behind how we are shaped by our experiences and how, through practice and cultivation, we can shift our relationship to what triggers our deep-seated traumas.

“Our experiences when we are young affect us intensely. We are designed to be changed by our experiences; especially the negative ones; especially negative ones in childhood; especially negative ones in childhood that involve other people. We are designed to learn from those experiences.” – Dr. Rick Hanson

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Neurodharma (37:00)

Rick touches on the practices available for cultivating resiliency and equanimity, which are explored in his most recent book, Neurodharma: New Science, Ancient Wisdom, and Seven Practices of the Highest Happiness. He and Raghu talk about accepting life how it is, understanding the intention behind our desires, and shifting focus from ourselves to others in the world.

“To me, it is like there are two ways of knowing ourselves and helping ourselves – from the inside out and the outside in.” – Dr. Rick Hanson 

Explore the science behind mindfulness practice with Dr. Dan Siegel and Francesca Maximé on Ep. 27 the Be Here Now Guest Podcast
The Making of This Moment

What does it actually mean, experientially, to be here now? Dr. Hanson closes the show with a practice we can use to train ourselves in the felt sense of what is happening in any given moment as it arises and passes.


Images via Jorm S and Rick Hanson