Day 7: Rick Hanson – Daily Challenge: Expand the Circle of Us 2018-05-23T00:01:29+00:00

Day 7: World

Daily Challenge: Expand the Circle of Us

Dr. Rick Hanson

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What You’ll Learn

With this guided practice, begin to expand your sense of “us” to include the whole of the human tribe.

About Dr. Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books are available in 26 languages and include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with over 120,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity that anyone with financial need can do for free.

To learn more about Dr. Rick Hanson check out his personal website as well as The Foundations of Well Being to explore how to shape your brain for lasting well-being. To check out his new book, Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness, click here.

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  1. Daya Hewapathirane May 20, 2018 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    Dear Dr. hanson, May you be healthy and well and free from suffering – May you be happy..

  2. Richard Alcott May 20, 2018 at 12:12 pm - Reply

    Excellent, don’t stop now!

  3. Judy May 20, 2018 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Dear Rick Hanson
    It been a long time since I learned and enjoyed my mourning meditation Each day your short meditation
    Had a profound affect on me my thought process and my heart. Thank you Judy

  4. rosamaria jimenez huertas May 20, 2018 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful meditation! Thank you for making me realize how difficult it is to encircle all beings, no matter what happens, in any situations of my daily life.

  5. Kathy May 20, 2018 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    I have really enjoyed Dr. Hanson’s sessions this week. Thank you.

  6. Laurel May 20, 2018 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    Thank you for all you do and share.
    It helps navigate the wild ride of a life time.
    Blessed be.



  7. Kate May 20, 2018 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Oh gosh, what a wonderful world it would be if we all could live in harmony and sharing with each other and nature. So so different from current reality. It would be heaven on earth, I will certainly try in all the little ways I can to work toward this possibility and thank you so much Rick for your guidance and encouragement.

  8. Daniel A. Detwiler May 20, 2018 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    You have been at your very best in these beautiful meditations! Thank you.

  9. Keith Hagan May 20, 2018 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    Great gratitude for your kindness in sharing with “all of us.”

  10. Joan May 20, 2018 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    7 days 8 wonderful talks and meditations. Less is more. Thank you so much. May you be well, happy and free from suffering. Joan

  11. Mary Ann May 20, 2018 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Thanks you – what a beautiful exercise to include all people, beings, living things – we really are “all one.”

  12. Sue May 20, 2018 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    I love that last session. It was interesting to sense which people I found it hard to include in the circle. Interesting to notice how my curiosity about them was heightened as I tried to encompass them in my circle. We have Reconciliation Week coming up in Australia. This will be a useful practice for me this week, which I will share with others.

  13. Kathleen Rubin May 20, 2018 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Dr. Hanson, thank you so much for all the daily challenges. I have enjoyed each and every one of them. I feel lucky to have many alternatives to practice here on. You have given a precious gift.

  14. ligia May 20, 2018 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    thank you so much ! ! ! i’ll keep these 7 steps and practice them ! ! ! i wish you the best dr rick hanson ! ! ! ligia

  15. Jana May 21, 2018 at 1:36 am - Reply

    Beautiful exercise to include all of us.

  16. Anne May 21, 2018 at 2:09 am - Reply

    What a lovely variety of speakers. The theme for a day was a great idea and gave me some focus. Rick Hanson’s daily challenge was the highlight for me and I commit to you that I will use those practices. Thank you.

  17. fran May 21, 2018 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    Rick, this is a truly wonder-filled meditation to encompass all living beings. Thank you very much for each meditative impulse and for guiding me to the rich mindful living week from the Awake Network.
    The ending of the week is just the beginning:)

  18. Jean DuGuay May 21, 2018 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    Thank you for these challenges. It was so soothing to listen to each of them and to practice them in my daily life. May you continue to inspire others.

  19. Evelyn May 21, 2018 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    This has been one of the best ever mindfulness classes. Thank you for offerring to us free. I will forward on your kind generousity and wisdom. I love you!

  20. James May 22, 2018 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this generous offering of talks and practices – peace be with you

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