This week is part two of my interview with Rick Hanson, neuropsychologist and author of Just One Thing and Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Love, Happiness and Wisdom. Rick is one of my favorite people to talk with about the mind/brain and how we are wired. He is a practicing Buddhist and served on the Board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center for nine terms. He is a graduate of the Community Dharma Leader training program, and leads weekly meditation groups in San Rafael, California. For more information about Rick or his teachings, visit http://www.rickhanson.net/
What I love most about this interview is the discussion about women and how women are wired. Hanson said the great psychologist Carl Jung (I’m a closet Jungian and love this form of psychology) lived through two world wars. “Carl Jung was asked what was wrong with the world.
“To him [Jung] what was most wrong – the root issue – was the denial of the feminine or suppression of the feminine.”
More information on Jung’s work on this subject can be found here.
Hanson said,”Women as a class rarely wage war. Women tend to take a longer view, they are more focused on nurturance, infrastructure and tend to be less caught up in symbolic causes that lead to war. The importance of taking care of mothers in the long-term is one of the most highly leveraged investments this planet could make.”
Hanson’s newest book is Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time. In Just One Thing, he gives 52 powerful and down-to-earth ways (practices) to build up a “buddha brain” for more peace of mind in stressful times, greater inner strength and confidence, and an unshakeable sense of contentment and worth. His practices are grounded in modern neuroscience, positive psychology, his background in the real world of business and raising a family. You can use your mind to gradually change your brain and therefore your mind and your life for the better. Little things add up. It means taking on a little practice each day to make your mind better.
Note to my readers: This area of research — neuropsychology and neuroscience – is particularly interesting to me. Does this interest you? Would you be interested in more interviews from neuroscientists on how to use your mind to change your brain?
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