This course is taught by Dr. Rick Hanson, a pioneering neuropsychologist who has been able to teach students how to naturally change the way that their minds work.
Throughout this program, you’ll explore how you can activate processes inside your brain in order to accelerate your personal transformation.
You’ll understand how thoughts affect your brain physically, how to harness the power of positive thoughts and reverse the effects of stress and pain, and how to create a life filled with joy rather than suffering.
Learn Meditative Practices That Will Transform Your Mind and Your Life
Use Your Brain’s Neuroplasticity to Transform Yourself in a Profound Way
This course focuses on the best of modern science and ancient Buddhist teachings to give you the tools you need to evolve your mind.
In addition to learning about how the brain works, you’ll also tackle how to take advantage of your brain’s neuroplasticity to change the way that your thoughts affect your life.
As you move through this course, you’ll encounter a variety of exercises and guided practices that will allow you to meditate in ways that will truly transform your mind for the better.
You’ll practice mindfulness, weave positive thoughts and emotions into the fabric of your brain, and strengthen your concentration and focus.
Contents and Overview
This course begins with an introduction to concentrating the mind so you can understand what happens in your brain when you focus.
You’ll then move into your first guided meditation. This exercise will help you steady and quiet the mind, before diving into what occurs in the awakened mind and nirvana.
Dr. Hanson then describes the causes of suffering so you can comprehend how your reactions and your brain can actually create unnecessary suffering.
To move beyond suffering and into a state of peace, you’ll tackle the four components of equanimity before diving into several guided exercises designed to help you focus on your personal transformation.
In order to change, you’ll need to open yourself up to a growing sense of serenity and contentment every day, so you’ll discover how to do that with a sense of equanimity as your foundation.
The final section of this course focuses on discovering what the “self” is. Through a combination of lectures and exercises, you’ll explore what’s existent and nonexistent in your apparent self.
You’ll learn how to take life less personally and how to be a witness of your life rather than a prisoner.
By the time you complete this course, you’ll have a variety of practical tools that you can use daily to positively change your brain’s function and enhance your life in various ways.
You’ll be able to use the best that modern science and ancient Buddhist teachings have to offer in order to release fear and negativity and create a life that’s less stressful and more joyful
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.
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.