Day 5: Rick Hanson – Daily Challenge: Tune Into Others 2018-05-21T00:09:28+00:00

Day 5: Relationships

Daily Challenge: Tune Into Others

Dr. Rick Hanson

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Tune into others with mindfulness – starting now.

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. Usha May 18, 2018 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Thank you, full of wisdom !

  2. Peggy May 18, 2018 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Best lesson on empathy that I’ve ever had. Very powerful. It will be a good challenge day.

  3. Kylie May 18, 2018 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Im so enjoying Dr Rick, he is such a beautiful gentle humble soul.

    • VJ May 20, 2018 at 5:42 am - Reply

      ….totally agree.

  4. Larry Fallon May 18, 2018 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this challenge this day. I will have several opportunities today and your talk this morning will help keep me centered on empathy among competitive others.

  5. Andrea Duloc May 18, 2018 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    What a gift! This Week has been so well organized and builds to this Empathy practice gradually. I appreciated the comment from Rick that Empathy is mindfulness for the inner world of another person. I hadn’t thought of it that way and enjoy the fresh take on it and challenge for today. I’m headed to the airport soon, so I thought of some of the people I will encounter in security and on the plane.

  6. Amanda May 18, 2018 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    I’ve loved starting my day with these lessons, it’s been so nice. This one left me feeling very heavy, though, because I think I struggle with having too much empathy in my day to day life. I always put myself in the other person’s shoes and imagine their thoughts and what they are going through. It can be emotionally draining and makes me feel so much pain for them sometimes. I need to try to turn this around so that I don’t have a sad day. Do you have any tips for doing that? Is it hard as a psychologist to separate yourself from that and leave your work at work? Thanks for these lessons and your time!

    • rach woodward May 18, 2018 at 9:47 pm - Reply

      Hi, If you are an empath, read Dr Orloff book. She is at UCLA, this will help you

  7. Daya Hewapathirane May 18, 2018 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    Developing empathy towards the other person resulted in my increased understanding of the plight of that person which led to increased compassionate feelings towards the person. With this experience I feel so relaxed this morning. Thank you and Bless you – Dr. Hanson.

  8. Marie May 18, 2018 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Fantastic! Timing for this couldn’t have been better…been tried by a very difficult person this week! This series has been great . Thank you.

  9. Jasmine May 18, 2018 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    This was wonderful. Wow never had a meditation on empathy where we actually visualize another persons thoughts.

  10. Lynn Steinhauer May 18, 2018 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    This is a difficult one as I focused on someone that is difficult for me. A good challenge!

  11. Sarah Trevor May 18, 2018 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    These daily beginnings have all been growth points. Thank you. A question for consideration. Projection and empathy – the first can be a problem. How might we develop awareness for the difference?

  12. Janice May 18, 2018 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    Great job everyone! I’m REALLY enjoying the summit and all of the amazing speakers.I’m learning so much and being nourished by the content and practices.

  13. Lorna May 18, 2018 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    This is difficult for me as well because the person I chose for this exercise is closed off and the most challenging person I’ve ever tried to know! I’ll watch this video again later and try again to see if I can visualize getting through to that person’s thoughts and feelings. Right now I keep seeing a brick wall. However, these tools could be a useful when applied to some others in my life. I actually am compassionate by nature with people because I am an Empath. I’ve also done very well with feeling and expressing empathy with strangers.

  14. rach woodward May 18, 2018 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    I am a very strong empath and the key to empathy is watching and observing other people. If you really tune in just by observing you will see how they really are and can take action only if you choose to.

  15. Liz May 18, 2018 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    Beautiful human being

  16. Abi May 18, 2018 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    Made me curious – what is the difference between “empathic” and “empathetic” … warrants further scrutiny, I think.

  17. Jana May 18, 2018 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    This was very difficult for me. I think because the person I chose is very private and has a lot of pain in her life that she doesn’t reveal too often. I am encouraged by this challenge and will practicee this again and again experimenting with other people and to see what arises. I can feel an inward emotional stir forthcoming.

  18. Geri deGruy May 19, 2018 at 2:20 am - Reply

    A new take on a lovingkindness meditation of sorts. Thank you.

  19. Pippa May 19, 2018 at 4:09 am - Reply

    I identify a lot with the comments from both Amanda and Lorna. And I, too, found this a difficult practice. But I will return to it, as I think it is a very different and fresh approach! I have enjoyed the Summit very, very much, but I must say that I look forward most to the daily practices guided by Rick Hanson! I’m going to buy the series mainly so that I can keep watching them over and over! Thank you Rick, and everyone for this opportunity to learn and to learn in the context of a like minded community.

  20. Leona May 19, 2018 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Thank you Rick for this experience. I had been thinking before the last two comments “I wish I hadn’t chosen such a difficult situation” I will give it more thought. I do get angry but I don’t dwell in it when I believe that companies pay bonuses to keep costs down which means lower pay for employees, and apartment managers get bonuses if no apartments are vacant so the tenants pay with unfinished work and rushed or no cleaning. So I did try empathy and remembered body language as avoidance, rounded shoulders, rushed. I did put myself in her place and could imagine I might be tempted by greed to get a bonus, but knowing myself I would have worked long hours to make it happen. It’s much easier for myself to have empathy for family, friends, people closer to my social status, etc. But I will do practice to see where it takes me Thank you for the challenge.

  21. Holly King May 19, 2018 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Wonderful and inspiring. Thank you, Rick.

  22. Ria Tanz Kubota May 19, 2018 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    How touching and lovely this is! My surprise was looking into a family member who has chosen a religion, a life path, and political beliefs the antithesis of my own. It has been bewildering, painful, and having personalized [everything and everyone’s lives] these opposite choices as unloving and insulting to me, imagine my surprise to see his seeing himself as a knight fighting for truth and justice as much as I see myself that way, seeing that he feels aggrieved and unseen–the opposite of my perceptions before this exercise–and seeing that he is trying to be good and do good deeds through a different path than mine. My daughter tells me almost every day, “It’s not about you.” to laugh together about my personalization together. Your beautiful exercise/meditation gave a whole new opening for respecting difference rather than barely tolerating it. Thank you!

  23. Elena Kondracki May 20, 2018 at 4:05 am - Reply

    Due to your gentle guidance on how to deal with a friends and/or strangers, (who may become acquaintances because one is able to empathize with them) one finds amazing and profound similarities.. Caring about someone, even for a short time, opens one’s heart and mind and expands one’s universe.

    What for me is so important is that there is nothing authoritarian in your wise and wonderful presentation.

    Thank you so much.

  24. Tim May 20, 2018 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    This talk is one of the gems I’ve been able to collect. Now my challenge is to absorb and incorporate the practice. Thanks.

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