“If people develop compassion for themselves and kindness for themselves, they get less selfish."


In this podcast episode, Dr Espen interviews Dr. Rick Hanson, a renowned author and meditation teacher. They delve into the significance of meditation and mindfulness in today’s fast-paced and uncertain world. Dr. Hanson explains the power of developing inner qualities such as self-compassion, resilience, and happiness to navigate life’s challenges. He highlights the importance of recognizing what is within our control and finding our own footing in order to achieve self-reliance.


[00:01:28] Power of the heart.

[00:04:06] Self-reliance and personal transformation.

[00:08:29] Resilience and happiness.

[00:10:01] The importance of meditation.

[00:12:42] Neuroplastic change and sustained attention.

[00:18:08] Waves recognizing other waves.

[00:19:08] Law of Divine Oneness

[00:23:31] Changing systemic factors of suffering.

[00:26:38] Protecting Civil Society.

[00:29:40] Awakening and the Great Crisis.

[00:32:06] Global warming and species extinction.

[00:35:01] Walking the quantum path.

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EP13 - Rick Hanson


Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, and New York Times best-selling author. His seven books have been published in 31 languages and include Making Great Relationships, Neurodharma, Resilient, Hardwiring Happiness, Just One Thing, Buddha’s Brain, and Mother Nurture – with over a million copies in English alone. He’s the founder of the Global Compassion Coalition and the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, as well as the co-host of the Being Well podcast – which has been downloaded over 10 million times. His free newsletters have 250,000 subscribers, and his online programs have scholarships available for those with financial needs. He’s lectured at NASA, Google, Oxford, and Harvard. An expert on positive neuroplasticity, his work has been featured on CBS, NPR, the BBC, and other major media. He began meditating in 1974 and has taught in meditation centers worldwide. He and his wife live in northern California and have two adult children. He loves the wilderness and taking a break from emails.

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