Sounds True Presents: The Enlightened Brain, Part 1
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Sounds True Presents: The Enlightened Brain, Part 1

Dr. Rick Hanson on the Neuroscience of Spiritual Awakening
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What Will I Learn?
  • Use a variety of meditative techniques to transform the brain and the mind for the better
  • Understand ancient Buddhist teachings that coincide with what science has found to be true
  • Comprehend how the brain works, and how it is able to evolve and change as you age
  • Discover the ways that you can alter the way your brain works so you can release negativity and embrace positivity
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  • You don’t need any special equipment or prior experience to take this course. All you need is some time to move through the lectures and practice the meditations throughout the program.

Dr. Rick Hanson is a pioneering neuropsychologist and author who teaches the inner skills necessary for personal wellbeing and psychological growth.

In this course, Dr. Hanson will show you how to train your brain so you can heal old pain, become more positive, and live life less seriously while enjoying every moment.

You’ll learn what it takes to have complete control over your feelings and thoughts as you improve your brain by continually sculpting it for the better.

Transform Your Mind So You Can Embrace Joy and Peace Every Day

  • Comprehend How the Brain Works and How It Developed
  • Use Neuroplasticity to Change Your Mind for the Better
  • Heal Past Traumas and Release Present Fears
  • Experience Guided Practices That Improve the Mind

Remove Negativity from Your Life and Start Focusing on the Positive
The goal of this course is to teach you how to control your brain’s reaction to life.

Rather than responding to situations with heartache, frustration, and fear, you’ll return your brain to its natural state of caring, contentment, and calm.

You’ll also access tools that you can use every day, particularly guided meditations, that will not only bring about calmness and focus, but also improve your concentration.

Contents and Overview
After a brief introduction, you’ll dive right into self-directed neuroplasticity to discover that the brain actually continues to develop throughout life.

You’ll learn how the brain functions, what experts have learned about the effects of behaviors on the brain, and how you can engineer your own brain so it’s more aligned with who you want to be.

Then you’ll tap into the importance of mindfulness, virtue, and wisdom, which are the three pillars of practice in Buddhism.

You’ll immediately apply these concepts with guided meditations that stimulate your brain’s potential for growth.

As you move deeper into the course, you’ll explore the evolution of the brain, and you’ll learn how to counteract the “negativity bias” that it developed in order to protect you from danger.

Through several guided practices, you’ll maximize your brain’s ability to accurately assess levels of threat and overcome the negativity bias.

You’ll deepen your responsiveness to what’s good in life and start using positive experiences to heal old pain.

Finally, you’ll uncover how meditation and concentration techniques can change your brain, and you’ll experience it first-hand through guided practices that will steady the mind and help you be satisfied with less.

By the end of this course, you’ll have a toolbox of meditations that you can use daily to help your brain release negativity and embrace the positive.

You’ll know how to integrate the best of Buddhist teachings and modern science into your life so you can transform your mind, be less afraid, and find peace and happiness

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who struggles with a negative mindset
  • Anyone who wishes to learn how to focus more on the positive things in life
  • Anyone who is struggling with past traumas or present fears
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to transform the brain and the mind naturally
  • Anyone who wants to learn about how science and Buddhism can be combined to understand the mind and to heal from within
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Curriculum For This Course
42 Lectures
Taking Control of Your Brain
13 Lectures 01:50:18
  • Dr. Hanson's background
  • The causes of suffering
  • The causes of positive feelings
  • What is enlightenment?
  • A description of the brain
  • A description of the program
  • The importance of small, daily efforts
Preview 10:40

Self-Directed Neuroplasticity

  • A description of the brain
  • “The enchanted loom”
  • The structure and function of the brain
  • How complex is the human brain?
  • What are you going to do with your brain?
An Introduction to Self-Directed Neuroplasticity

  • What is profound unconditional happiness?
  • How is it accomplished?
  • The primacy of the brain
  • What modern science tells us about traditional meditation practices
  • The intersection of neuroscience, psychology, and contemplative practice
  • The benefits of learning about the brain
  • Introduction to the course
The Importance of Studying the Brain

  • The benefits of studying the intersection of neuroscience, psychology, and contemplative practice
  • The three great scientific questions
  • The importance of humility and questioning
The Intersection of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Contemplative Practice

  • How the brain is formed
  • How the brain functions
  • How the brain grows
  • How the brain changes
A Review of the Physiology of the Brain

  • Defining the mind
  • The importance of culture and the formation of the mind
  • The codependence of the mind and the brain
  • Changing the brain, changes the mind; changing the mind, changes the brain
  • Temporary and permanent changes in the brain
The Relationship of the Mind and the Brain

  • Neurons that fire together, wire together
  • The lasting effects of experience on the brain
  • The importance and difficulty of self-advocacy
  • How to do the guided practices
Neurons that Fire Together, Wire Together

Guided Meditation: Being on Your Own Side

  • What you can do to reduce suffering
  • How you can increase happiness
  • Mindfulness, virtue, and wisdom
  • The three phases of practice
Mindfulness, Virtue, and Wisdom

Guided Meditation: Letting Be, Letting Go, Letting In

  • The mechanism and opportunity to use your mind to change your brain
  • Making effort
  • The two wings of psychological practice
  • Being with vs. working for
  • The importance of being kind to yourself
  • Being on your own side
  • Negative grandiosity
Going Further with Self-Directed Neuroplasticity

Section 1 Study Questions
Taking in the Good
16 Lectures 01:40:59
Taking in the Good

  • The triune brain
  • The brain's evolution
  • The resting state
  • Trigggers for a stress state
  • The negative effects of chronic stress
An Introduction to Taking in the Good

  • The evolving human brain
  • The nonhuman development of the brain
  • Avoidance, approaching, and attachment
  • Love as the primary driver of the brain
  • Social brain theory
  • Primate brain development
  • What's going on in an enlightened brain?
  • The sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems
  • The responsive mode of the brain
  • The resting state: calm, contented, and caring
The Three Motivational Systems in the Brain

  • How the brain behaves when we're frustrated, threatened, or stressed
  • The reactive mode of functioning
  • What activates the reactive mode
  • The negativity bias of the brain
  • The evolution of the negativity bias in the brain
  • The difference between carrots and sticks
  • Pain vs. pleasure
  • Trained helplessness
  • The freedom to choose
  • The negative effects of chronic stress
  • Choosing the reactive or responsive mode
  • The fruits and the path
The Negativity Bias of the Brain

Guided Meditation: Deepening Your Responsive Mode

  • The kinds of memory
  • The basic steps of “Taking in the Good” practice
How to Deliberately Internalize Positive Experiences

Guided Meditation: A Quick Practice of Taking in the Good

  • Practicing “Taking in the Good”
  • The importance of repetition
  • The four kinds of good to take in
The Kinds of Good We Can Take In

Guided Meditation: Taking in the Good, Complete Version

  • Determining your own needs for certain kinds of positive experiences
  • How to find or create the experiences you need
  • A practice to do before sleep in order to scan for good facts
Determining the Kind of Positive Experiences You Need

  • Pairing a positive experience with a negative one
  • How the brain stores memories
  • The different ways of using this practice
  • What you need in order to do this practice successfully
Using Positive Experiences to Heal Old Pain

  • How to use this practice
  • Things to be aware of before beginning
  • What to do if you feel overwhelmed
  • How to choose a negative and positive experience to use in this practice
An Introduction to The Fourth Step of Taking in the Good

Guided Meditation: The Fourth Step of Taking in the Good

  • How to deal with difficulties while doing this practice
  • Using this practice with children
  • Using this practice with different forms of therapy
  • Using this practice to motivate ourselves to do things that are good for us
  • “Taking in the Good” as a mindfulness practice
Using the Fourth Step in Everyday Life

  • Postive virtues
  • The seven factors of enlightenment
  • Positive emotions
  • Self-soothing resources
  • Pro-social behaviors
  • How one can use Taking in the Good to heal old wounds
  • The pearls that are all around us
  • The importance of retaining positive experiences
  • The importance of choice in your progression or regression
  • The realm of Hungry Ghosts
Going Further with Taking in the Good

Section 2 Study Questions
The Neuroscience of Mindfulness
12 Lectures 01:23:44
The Neuroscience of Mindfulness

  • What is mindfulness?
  • Self-awareness
  • Focused attention
  • Awareness is always pure
An Introduction to the Neuroscience of Mindfulness

  • Defining awareness, attention, mindfulness, and concentration
  • Why mindfulness and concentration are important
  • Buddhism and concentration
  • Concentration and liberating insight
Mindfulness and Concentration

  • Different kinds of stimulus and avoidance
  • Updating awareness with new information
  • Determining the right amount of stimulation
  • How dopamine affects functioning
  • Regulating stimulation
  • Neurological diversity: jackrabbits and turtles
  • The characteristics of jackrabbits
  • The characteristics of turtles
  • How to adapt practices to your particular tendencies
  • The three challenges to concentration
How Your Brain Pays Attention

Guided Meditation: Steadying the Mind

Guided Meditation: Curing Stimulus Hunger

Guided Meditation: Becoming More Satisfied with Less

  • Setting an intention
  • Relaxing the body
  • Feeling cared about
  • Feeling safer
  • Encouraging positive emotion
  • Receiving and internalizing positive experiences
Six Neural Factors That Promote Steadiness of Mind

Guided Meditation: The Six Neural Factors Meditation

  • Doing vs. being
  • Becoming accessible to the fullness of life
  • What do you need to develop further?
  • Lost in thought vs. open spacious awareness
Going Further with the Neuroscience of Mindfulness

Concentrating the Mind

Section 3 Study Questions
1 Lecture 00:30
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About the Instructor
Sounds True
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Publisher of book, audio, and video titles in the fields of self-development, personal growth, and spirituality

Sounds True was founded in 1985 by Tami Simon with a clear mission: to disseminate spiritual wisdom. Since starting out as a project with one woman and her tape recorder, we have grown into a multimedia publishing company with more than 80 employees, a library of more than 600 titles featuring some of the leading teachers and visionaries of our time, and an ever-expanding family of customers from across the world. In more than two decades of growth, change, and evolution, Sounds True has maintained its focus on its overriding purpose, as summed up in our Vision Statement:

Sounds True exists to inspire, support, and serve personal transformation and spiritual awakening.

Sounds True is an independent multimedia publishing company that embraces the world's major spiritual traditions, as well as the arts and humanities, embodied by the leading authors, teachers, and visionary artists of our time. Our approach to publishing is not dependent on a single format or technology—rather, we strive with every title to preserve the essential "living wisdom" of the author, artist, or spiritual teacher. It is our goal to create products that not only provide information to a reader or listener, but that also embody the essential quality of a wisdom transmission between a teacher and a student.

Throughout the years, Sounds True has developed a guiding philosophy that we call "multiple bottom lines." Our dedication to this principle is embodied in our Mission Statement:

The mission of Sounds True is to find teachers and artists who serve as a gateway to spiritual awakening and to produce, publish, and distribute their work with beauty, intelligence, and integrity. We treat our authors, vendors, and partners in the same way we would want to be treated. We work flexibly and efficiently together to create a cooperative, loving environment that honors respectful authenticity and individual growth. We maintain a healthy level of profitability so that we are an independent and sustainable employee-owned organization.

The three essential bottom lines for Sounds True are the integrity of our purpose, the well-being of our people, and the maintaining of healthy profits. All three of these priorities are important in the decisions we make as a company. It is our conviction that each of these bottom lines must be healthy for the company to prosper as a whole.

In our history as a publisher, Sounds True has produced a wide variety of formats in order to fulfill our goal of disseminating spiritual wisdom.

Dr. Rick Hanson
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Rick Hanson, Ph.D. is a psychologist, a Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and a New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness (in 14 languages), Buddha’s Brain (in 25 languages), Just One Thing (in 14 languages), and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has several 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 Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.

Dr. Hanson has been a trustee of Saybrook University, served on the board of Spirit Rock Meditation Center for nine years, and was President of the Board of FamilyWorks, a community agency.

He began meditating in 1974, trained in several traditions, and leads a weekly meditation gathering in San Rafael, California. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with over 111,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity.

He enjoys rock-climbing and taking a break from emails. He and his wife have two adult children.