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- Analyze and discuss different ways to use the power of neuroplasticity.
- Recognize how the mind changes the brain.
- Identify the link between empathy for yourself and empathy for others.
- Demonstrate practices for strengthening and expressing compassion and kindness.
- Apply willpower to compassion.
- Prepare to find your own way to contribute to the larger whole.
Practical Neuroscience for Transformation
For the first time, we now have scientific evidence that we can consciously rewire our own brain to cultivate compassion, kindness, and love. With The Compassionate Brain, neuropsychologist Dr. Rick Hanson, author of Buddha’s Brain, presents an eight-part video series that explores the most powerful and effective ways you can create positive, lasting changes in your brain—and your life.
What You Will Receive:
- Eight Video Sessions
Dr. Rick Hanson speaks with seven leading scholars and teachers on neuroscience or meditation to explore the research and practices that support you in reshaping your brain for compassion and happiness. The entire series is yours to keep and enjoy.
Each session, Dr. Hanson joins a leading scholar or teacher to investigate our growing understanding of the way meditation practice can affect our neurobiology. Together they discuss the research behind neuroplasticity—our natural capacity to change the neural pathways in our brain—and examine which meditation practices seem to have the most positive effect on the human nervous system. Dr. Hanson and his guests will explore valuable insights, discoveries, and techniques—with a focus on practices that help us to create lasting changes in the way we react to and perceive the world.
The Compassionate Brain Topics and Guests:
- Session 1: How the Mind Changes the Brain
With Dr. Richie Davidson, professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin and co-editor of The Asymmetrical Brain
- Session 2: Mindfulness of Oneself and Others
With Dr. Daniel Siegel, executive director of the Mindsight Institute and author of Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation
- Session 3: Cultivating a Forgiving Heart
With Dr. Tara Brach, founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and author of Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha
- Session 4: The Evolution of Compassion: From Gene to Meme
With Dr. Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and author of Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life
- Session 5: Balancing Compassion and Assertiveness
With Dr. Kelly McGonigal, senior teacher and consultant for the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and author of The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It
- Session 6: The Power of Self-Compassion
With Dr. Kristin Neff, professor of human development and culture at the University of Texas, Austin and author of Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind
- Session 7: Compassion in the Wider World
With Dr. Jean Houston, co-founder of The Foundation for Mind Research and author of The Possible Human: A Course in Enhancing Your Physical, Mental, and Creative Abilities
- Session 8: At Home in the Heart—Practical Takeaways from This Series
Dr. Rick Hanson wraps up the series, summarizing the key insights and the practical steps we can take to make real changes in our lives.
Discover the Power of Self-Directed Neuroplasticity
“Perhaps the most valuable result of our new discoveries about neuroplasticity,” says Dr. Rick Hanson, “is that it helps us bring our brain into harmony with the greatest virtues of our heart.” With The Compassionate Brain video event series, Dr. Rick Hanson invites you to join him and his seven guests to explore the profound implications of this cutting-edge science—and how you can use it to guide your own transformation.