The Compassionate Brain – FREE seven-part video series

The Compassionate Brain— Activating the Neural Circuits of Kindness, Caring, and Love – Practical Neuroscience for Transformation is a FREE seven-part video series with Dr. Rick Hanson, exploring the effective ways to change your brain and heart and life through the power of self-directed Neuroplasticity. Each week, Dr. Hanson and his seven guests will explore the profound implications of this cutting-edge science—and how you can use it to guide your own transformation.

“Perhaps the most valuable result of our new discoveries about neuroplasticity is that it helps us bring our brain into harmony with the greatest virtues of our heart.” (Dr. Rick Hanson)

The series begin TODAY, October 8, 2012, from 8–9 pm Eastern Time (GMT –4), but on-demand streaming videos will be available a few days after each session’s conclusion. The host is SoundsTrue – I truly trust and recommend their work. I love the Insights at the Edge podcast, Tami Simon’s in-depth interviews with leading spiritual teachers and luminaries exploring their latest challenges and breakthroughs. Check it out!

Programme

Each week Dr. Hanson will be joined by a world-class scholar/teacher, including Richie Davidson, Dan Siegel, Tara Brach, Dacher Keltner, Kelly McGonigal, Kristin Neff, and Jean Houston. They’ll discuss different ways to use the power of neuroplasticity—how the mind can change the brain to transform the mind—to open the heart, build courage, find compassion, forgive oneself and others, and heal the world.

Session 1: How the Mind Changes the Brain
Monday, October 8, 2012, from 8–9 pm Eastern Time (GMT –4)
With Dr. Richie Davidson, professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin and co-editor of The Asymmetrical Brain

Session 2: Mindfulness of Oneself and Others
Monday, October 15, 2012, from 8–9 pm Eastern Time (GMT –4)
With Dr. Daniel Siegel, executive director of the Mindsight Institute and author of Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

Session 3: Cultivating a Forgiving Heart
Monday, October 22, 2012, from 8–9 pm Eastern Time (GMT –4)
With Dr. Tara Brach, founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and author of Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha

Session 4: The Evolution of Compassion: From Gene to Meme
Monday, October 29, 2012, from 8–9 pm Eastern Time (GMT –4)
With Dr. Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and author of Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

Session 5: Balancing Compassion and Assertiveness
Monday, November 5, 2012, from 8–9 pm Eastern Time (GMT –5)
With Dr. Kelly McGonigal, senior teacher and consultant for the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and author of The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

Session 6: The Power of Self-Compassion
Monday, November 12, 2012, from 8–9 pm Eastern Time (GMT –5)
With Dr. Kristin Neff, professor of human development and culture at the University of Texas, Austin and author of Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind

Session 7: Compassion in the Wider World
Monday, November 19, 2012, from 8–9 pm Eastern Time (GMT –5)
With Dr. Jean Houston, co-founder of The Foundation for Mind Research and author of The Possible Human: A Course in Enhancing Your Physical, Mental, and Creative Abilities

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Our Heart has a Consciousness of its Own

Many believe that conscious awareness originates in the brain alone. Recent scientific research suggests that consciousness actually emerges from the brain and body acting together. A growing body of evidence suggests that the heart plays a particularly significant role in this process.”

“Heart coherence and social coherence may also act to mutually reinforce each other. As individuals within a group increase psychophysiological coherence, psychosocial attunement may be increased, thereby increasing the coherence of social relations. Similarly, the creation of a coherent social field by a group may help support the generation and maintenance of psychophysiological coherence in its individual members. An expanded, deepened awareness and consciousness results—of the body’s internal physiological, emotional, and mental processes, and also of the deeper, latent orders enfolded into the energy fields that surround us. This is the basis of self-awareness, social sensitivity, creativity, intuition, spiritual insight, and understanding of ourselves and all that we are connected to. It is through the intentional generation of coherence in both heart and social fields that a critical shift to the next level of planetary consciousness can occur—one that brings us into harmony with the movement of the whole.”

Really, really interesting piece of research on the “heart brain” by the Institute of HeartMath with many implications for psychology and health care fields in general! Read on!

Symptoms of Inner Peace

I found this image in a post published in lforlazarus blog (The disease you should want to catch). The image says the author of the text is unknown, but with a little research I found Saskia Davis’ website, in which she explains how the original text about Inner Peace Syndrome came to be. There is also an original poster with the “symptoms” of the disease that everyone ought to catch! Saskia says:

Be on the lookout for symptoms of inner peace. The hearts of a great many already have been exposed;  and it is possible that people, everywhere,  could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what, up to now,  has been a fairly stable condition of conflict in the world.

Signs & Symptoms of Inner Peace

A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past experiences

An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment

A loss of interest in judging other people

A loss of interest in judging self

A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others

A loss of interest in conflict

A loss of ability to worry

Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation

Contented feelings of connectedness with others & nature

Frequent attacks of smiling

An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen

An increased susceptibility to love extended by others and the uncontrollable urge to extend it

WARNING

If you have some or all of the above symptoms, be advised that your condition of inner peace may be too far advanced to be curable. If you are exposed to anyone exhibiting any of these symptoms, remain exposed only at your own risk. © 1984