Day 1: Rick Hanson – Daily Challenge: Pay Attention 2018-05-18T00:07:14+00:00

Day 1: Mind

Daily Challenge: Pay Attention

Dr. Rick Hanson

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What You’ll Learn

Begin today by setting the intention to pay attention.

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.

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131 Comments

  1. Rhonda May 15, 2018 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    My intention: to feel. By using breathing and quiet, I intend to try to feel more deeply.

  2. Geri deGruy May 15, 2018 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    Thank you for setting me off strong for today!

  3. Joselyn May 15, 2018 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for this lovely first challenge. It is such a wonderful shift to accept noises – even ones that might perhaps have been thought of as annoying – as a reminder to pay attention. It makes all a gift, really. A reminder for me to be a vehicle of gratitude that I Am Alive, and no matter what I can always use anything and everything to bring me back to that awareness, take a few intentional breaths to remain in the present, anchor myself with whatever is, and be just fine with that. Have been meditating for many years now, and going through a rough few years – this first challenge was such a welcome reminder. Thank you Rick!

  4. Mary May 15, 2018 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    Great reminder. Thank you!

  5. Edon Harward May 15, 2018 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    My intention is to practice mindful attention. I will consciencly practice mindfulness whenever I eat and whenever I am stopped at a red light today. And through the week.

  6. Lynne Zendel May 15, 2018 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Thanks again for the wonderful opportunity to keep learning to be mindful .

  7. Bev Naude May 15, 2018 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    Thank you ….an excellent way to keep mindful….it should not only bee for a day or a week, but a way of life. Looking forward to the rest of the week 🙂

  8. Rod Paynter May 15, 2018 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    Useful info, thanks. I recommend that you use only the front view of Dr Hansen. I felt distracted when other camera angles were used, which detracted from my focus on his message.

  9. Rosemary May 15, 2018 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much. As always Rick Hanson’s thoughtful words and delivery of message is very inspiring.

  10. Denise May 15, 2018 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    Is anyone else having a problem of videos not playing??

  11. Ria Tanz Kubota May 15, 2018 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the wonderful reminder of the physiology and the science of mindfulness which made this retired RN’s heart go pitty-pat [without being another arrythmia! Bonus.] Thank you for your generosity in sharing your wisdom with us all.

  12. Gill Kirkup May 15, 2018 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Lovely start to the week. I began feeling rushed because I joined the course late – but finished feeling in sync with it.

  13. Beverly May 15, 2018 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    Thanks, Rick! I am starting late because of a family emergency but all is well now. I liked practicing the extended exhale-the added relaxing effect is lovely.

  14. Susan May 15, 2018 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your generous offer to share your knowledge with us. I am feeling much more relaxed and calm after your first session. I have intention to pay attention and listen every time I enter a door way. This is such a wonderful way to remind myself of my commitment. I look forward to meeting the challenges of the week.

  15. MARIA MARTINEZ MARTINEZ ALONSO May 16, 2018 at 12:30 am - Reply

    Thank you for the ringing temple bell. So good to feel connected with such great teachers and community!

  16. Nathalie St-Jean May 16, 2018 at 1:28 am - Reply

    Mille Mercis! for this inner practice. Great gift of generosity! also a continuation of today’s Yoga Meditation session. Challenging myself to 5 minutes sustain long breathing exhalation before bed time. Thanks for everything…I have no complaint whatsoever.

  17. Alice Maria May 16, 2018 at 3:37 am - Reply

    When I had tried this breathing technique before, I would start a very deep and long in–breath, and could never get a longer exhalation. But this time, I took a gentle in-breath and was able to exhale for a much longer time. Nice!

  18. Erin May 16, 2018 at 6:52 am - Reply

    Yeah, good stuff, great suggestions to become awake

  19. Julia Lamb Tod May 16, 2018 at 8:30 am - Reply

    The way the time zones are means I’m starting Day 1 when most are starting Day 2. My intention today is to be mindful throughout the day. I like the suggestion of using going through a doorway as a reminder to breathe, therefore when I go through a doorway I intend to stop and take 3 mindful breaths with a long exhale. _/\_

  20. Kazi Nasrin Siddiqa May 16, 2018 at 10:56 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for helping me to set a sustainable attention. Your generous voice and smiling face automatically brought me here to pay attention.

  21. JannP May 16, 2018 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    Super and thanks

  22. Kristina May 16, 2018 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    Thank you Rick for these useful tips for bringing my practice into my day! All the best from Kristina

  23. Kamini May 16, 2018 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much. i needed this.

  24. Maya May 16, 2018 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    I am joining late but catching up. First, I set an intention that came to me very spontaneously, and that is to become more interested and interesting. What I’m going for here is heightened awareness and Rick Hanson’s first video was perfect for that! I’ll use my text alert as a 1-minute mindfulness practice for today and see where it takes me!

  25. Janet Jones May 16, 2018 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this opportunity and valuable lesson. I will use this technique to help me pay attention when I am full so I don’t over eat –
    Some times I need to be reminded to intentionally relax. I will begin each day reminding myself to pay attention to my body and mind especially when I’m not feeling well to identify sooner rather than later the issue and address it.

  26. Sam May 16, 2018 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Good Technic.tnx

  27. Jeanne dowell May 16, 2018 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    Really helpful. Thanks for this!! I’m

  28. Joanne May 16, 2018 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    I intend to sit with all of my emotions in my heart and to stop overthinking everything

  29. Cynthia May 16, 2018 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    My intention today is to pay attention to my vocal tones when communicating without old emotions.

  30. Connie May 16, 2018 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    I loved this practice, and felt more relaxed as a result of the extended exhalations. Rick, do you have other suggestions for sustaining attention when you have OCD and experience disturbing intrusive thoughts that are hard to control?

  31. Jennie Russomando May 17, 2018 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    Is there a way to purchase just today’s topics concerning the Mind?

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