Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist, a Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and a New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha's Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. 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. He has several audio programs and his free Just One Thing newsletter has over 100,000 subscribers.
For more information, please see his full profile at www.RickHanson.net.
In broad terms, we have three basic needs: safety, satisfaction, and connection. When these needs aren't fully met, there's an emptiness inside–a hole in the heart–as well as reactivity, defensiveness, and interpersonal conflicts. This breakout session will offer experiential methods for identifying the key experiences you need most, and for having and internalizing them to gradually fill yourself up from the inside out. In particular, we'll explore how to use specific positive experiences to soothe, ease, and eventually replace old pain.
To help our ancestors survive, our brain evolved a negativity bias that makes it like Velcro for negative experiences but Teflon for positive ones. Consequently, most positive experiences wash through the brain like water through a sieve while negative ones get caught every time–which wears down our health, happiness, relationships, and spiritual development. In this experiential presentation, you'll learn simple, powerful ways to turn everyday positive experiences into the neural foundations of lasting self-worth, resilience, and inner peace. As you take in this good, your growing sense of unconditional well-being and love will gradually clear away the compulsion and clinging that leads to suffering and harm.