Practice Challenge: Feel Compassion for Another

With Rick Hanson, PhD

Discover a practice for building connection and compassion towards those around you.

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About Rick Hanson, PhD

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books are available in 26 languages and include Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakeable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness, Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous 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 NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with over 120,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity that anyone with financial need can do for free.

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  1. Dr Latha Hapugoda October 21, 2019 at 11:40 am - Reply

    My gratitude & appreciation for sharing these life skills through this forum


    Founder President, Mindful Lanka Foundation

  2. Fran October 21, 2019 at 12:07 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for all the succinct practices on this summit, Rick. May you continue to be the soothing, grounding and kindly inspiration for common humanity/planet Earth, as evident in your online Foundations of Wellbeing programme {and other resources).

  3. Valerie Kelly October 20, 2019 at 9:41 am - Reply

    Providing compassion to one gives compassion to the self. Thank you.

  4. Marisa October 20, 2019 at 8:30 am - Reply

    Thank you! Excellent lovingkindness meditation.

  5. Irene Kenison October 20, 2019 at 12:36 am - Reply

    Received a feeling of well-being performing this short exercise. Thank you.

  6. Prince Goodluck OBI October 19, 2019 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    Nice topic with in depth analysis and discussion.
    Good thoughts from Hanson phD.

  7. Srishti Nigam October 19, 2019 at 5:35 pm - Reply


  8. Srishti Nigam October 19, 2019 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    Clarity and genuine Warm and Benevolence as part of compassion
    I could feel the movement and fluidity of sympathy from the Centre of Stillness

  9. Judith October 19, 2019 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    I love it! So soothing.

  10. samia fedha October 19, 2019 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    It’s a real privilege for me that you teach me all this skills,i learned how to act positively with awareness tone and real presence of good intentions.Jean Paul Sartre said that the gehenne is the others ;i noticed that we hold a paradise when we act with compassion.

  11. Barbara October 19, 2019 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    Even taking the time to focus on my friend’s sorrows with benevolence makes me feel like I did something to help.

  12. Natasha October 19, 2019 at 11:55 am - Reply


  13. may zaw naing October 19, 2019 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Thank you. very soothing exercise

  14. Michaela October 19, 2019 at 8:52 am - Reply

    Great meditation and mindful way of teaching very consistent

  15. Blanca October 19, 2019 at 8:43 am - Reply

    Me siento muy agradecida por este maravilloso viaje que trato de hacer, guiada por Mindfuleducationsummit. Y digo que trato, porque mi lengua natal es el español y entonces al escucharlo en inglés (audios) es muy poco lo que logro entender. ¡Qué posibilidad habría de que tuvieran subtítulos en español?. Ha despertado en mí gran interés la práctica de la compasión y la autocompasión. Muchas gracias.

    • Marcela October 19, 2019 at 1:22 pm - Reply

      Si !! Seria bueno hacer ese para q mas gente tuviera acceso. Yo psuedo ayudar a traducir

  16. Cathy whelton October 19, 2019 at 3:43 am - Reply

    Nice comparison between sympathy and compassion

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