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Excerpts from Dr.Rick Hanson’s new book “Just One Thing-Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time”

Posted by Levine Communications Office on April 12, 2012

“Just One Thing”-developing a Buddha brain one simple practice at a time –Dr. Rick Hanson

“Dream Big Dreams”

Without getting bogged down in details or obstructions, give thought to what you could do, in realistic ways, to move toward the fulfillment of your dreams. Look for the small things you can implement and build on each day. Perhaps go further and write down a plan for yourself, with-gulp-dates on it.

Then take action. If it helps, tell the truth about and keep record of your actions- like writing down how much time you spend each day exercising, talking lovingly with your mate, or simply curled up relaxing. Focus on the things that will make the most difference.

“Use Your Will”

Diligent means you are conscientious and thorough. Not as a grind, not from guilt or compulsion, but because- from the Latin root for “diligence”- you “love, take delight in” the stepping stones toward your higher purposes.

Mindful means that you know if you’re being willful or lackadaisical. You’re aware of your inner world, of the mental factors that block the will and those that fuel it. You recognize if you’ve grown willful to a fault, caught up in purposes that are outdated or not worth their cost. You’re able to make skillful course corrections that keep you aligned with your highest purposes.

“Dream Big Dreams”

Without getting bogged down in details or obstructions, give thought to what you could do, in realistic ways, to move toward the fulfillment of your dreams. Look for the small things you can implement and build on each day. Perhaps go further and write down a plan for yourself, with-gulp-dates on it.

Then take action. If it helps, tell the truth about and keep record of your actions- like writing down how much time you spend each day exercising, talking lovingly with your mate, or simply curled up relaxing. Focus on the things that will make the most difference.

 

“Don’t Take It Personally”

Be careful about making assumptions about the intentions of others. Maybe they didn’t do it “on purpose.” Or maybe there was one not-so-good purpose aimed at you that was mixed up with a dozen other purposes.

Try to have compassion for the other people. They’re probably not all that happy, either. Your compassion for them will not weaken you or let them off the moral hook; actually, it will make you feel better.

And- really soak up the sense of strength and peacefulness that comes from taking life less personally.

 

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