Day 4: Rick Hanson – Daily Challenge: Make Your Home Your Refuge 2018-05-20T00:07:41+00:00

Day 4: Home

Daily Challenge: Make Your Home Your Refuge

Dr. Rick Hanson

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What You’ll Learn

Start appreciating your home as your refuge with this guided practice.

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. Mikel OBrien May 17, 2018 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Thank you! I will try this.

  2. Paul May 17, 2018 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Just a deep breath and I feel creating this moment and appreciate my home as a worthy refuge day a day. Thank you, Rick Hanson.

  3. Mary May 17, 2018 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Thank you. My home is a refuge because beauty and order are important to me. My breath is a refuge as well..

  4. Daya Hewapathirane May 17, 2018 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Thank you Dr. Hanson, your have become a tremendous source of inspiration and refuge for me and my wife. You have become a part of our home, adding to the inner comforts that it brings to us.

  5. Geri deGruy May 17, 2018 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    These morning meditations are so alive for me. They remind me deeply of what I have inside of me to make life good. Thank you!

  6. Catherine Jackson May 17, 2018 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    I love these short morning meditations/challenges. It gets me off to a good start of my day

  7. Cheryl May 17, 2018 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    You are a gem, Rick Hanson! Thank you for arranging the programs and Internet notes and speakers. You obviously are genuinely generous with teachings and wisdom and have been so for many years. I am grateful for you.

  8. Robyn May 17, 2018 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    Thank you Dr. Hanson. I really appreciate your daily “challenges”. They have all piqued my interest and I do spend time contemplating your suggestions. Today, I particularly related to your last suggestion regarding a refuge in the home being oneself as the base of action and intention. With progress in my meditation practice, I feel like I am the refuge with breath that always brings me back. Thank you so much. Namaste.

  9. Bob Mente May 17, 2018 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Good to spend some time with you this morning, Rick. Yes, time to replace the roses on the mantle with some fresh ones. There’s no place like home, the exterior and the interior.😊

  10. Rosemary May 17, 2018 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Wonderful, peaceful, calming.

  11. Astrid May 17, 2018 at 6:19 pm - Reply

    My home isn’t a refuge in fact I don’t have anywhere that can be a refuge

    • Arnold May 18, 2018 at 12:49 am - Reply

      Is there somewhere where you can CREATE a refuge for yourself? maybe the public library, where you can read books and “get away” from things. Or take a walk, even on concrete? Best to you…

  12. rosamaria jimenez huertas May 17, 2018 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    I knocked I my door and I got in. It was peaceful, friendly and healing.

  13. Kristina May 17, 2018 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this Rick! I especially will bring this into my day: “…what does it feel like to be the person who can create refuge…” .It really starts there, because my space can feel pretentious and overdone or sad and forgotten if I’m not connected to my intention. All the best from Kristina

  14. Jana May 18, 2018 at 9:49 am - Reply

    I take refuge in my easy chair. It is where I pause, relax, listen to guides meditation and enjoy sharing conversation. I took the time to really feel my body in the chair. How it supports my spine, the back side of my legs and body and truly cradles me with love. I am paying attention to how I sit in the chair and how I rise from the chair with the intention to move my body. Nice to notice something that is already there. Thanks for the guidance.

  15. Daniel A. Detwiler May 18, 2018 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    This wise teacher always works in a way to help me realize some other part of truth. Today it was that my best refuge is in my self. There, after 70 years I can and do find the acceptance that I always looked for in others. I find some acceptance in others but the greatest benefit comes from my own acceptance of my self. For me, refuge is in the home I carry with me, my self.

    • Ria Tanz Kubota May 18, 2018 at 8:52 pm - Reply

      Your presence, your gentleness always helps create refuge for me in this time of possibly physically dying. (My MD has said I will die soon. We shall see.) When I get frightened about not having enough money despite being very happy to live for years or die right this moment, your practices and way of being help me to relax and come back to refuge. I am my self with or without my body, with or without any money. It is all good. Thank you for the beauty.

  16. laura May 19, 2018 at 12:38 am - Reply

    What a lovely session…I have revisited it several times already…thank you Rick Hansen; you are a kind generous human to share your wisdom so freely🙏 I returned to my refuge today, guided by your gentle, wise words… it feels good to recognize my external refuge of comfort and my true refuge of unconditional love💙 I must find that within, not seek it out side of myself. Namaste for the gentle, loving reminder…

  17. Linda Vidyashanker May 19, 2018 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    Thank you so very much, Dr Hanson, for sharing your Wisdom. I am very grateful. In this video, you have shone a light on my path so that I may take the next step forward
    I am sending to you, and all of those whom you love, Peace and Blessings. Linda

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