Rick Hanson: Coming Home to Happiness

Your mind can change the very tissue of your brain. Modern neuroscience is teaching us that all of our experiences, thoughts, and behaviors are constantly constructing and reconstructing the functioning of our nervous system. Psychologist Rick Hanson, author of Buddha’s Brain, has spent more than a decade studying how we can consciously harness our brain’s natural malleability, or “neuroplasticity,” to deepen our experience of happiness and joy. In this audio excerpt, Sounds True producer Randy Roark selected a meditation he found to be particularly powerful from Dr. Hanson’s program, Meditations for Happiness. In this guided visualization, you will be asked to close your eyes, so please be sure to find a place where you can be relaxed and undisturbed for ten minutes before you begin.


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