Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Rick Hanson's "Hardwiring for Happiness" interviews

"Bloom" collage by Lani, textures by FlyPaper.
I listened to the first interview in Rick Hanson's (freely offered) series of interviews "Hardwiring for Happiness".  Joseph Goldstein was the interviewee.  So here are two lovely quotes.

Goldstein quoted the Buddha as having said:
"Practice that speech which brings people together.  Abandon that speech which pushes people apart."
So simple, so direct.  What a lovely practice!

And Rick Hanson reminded us of William James's interest in mindfulness and attention. 
 “The faculty of voluntarily bringing back a wandering attention, over and over again, is the very root of judgment, character, and will. No one is compos sui [master of himself] if he have it not. An education which should improve this faculty would be the education par excellence.”
William James, Psychology: Briefer Course, p. 424 (Harper Torchbooks, 1961)

Indeed, that would be a most excellent education!

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