Inspiration for Your Heart & Your Mind

Foundations of Well-BeingI’ve talked about values a lot lately. Mine include a deep commitment to learning, growth and personal development. Add to that – I’m a solopreneur, responsible for everything from the vision of my business to practical, daily implementation. Put those together & you’ll understand why inspiration and education are part of my daily diet. 

One of my latest sources of inspiration and education has been an online program created by Rick Hanson called The Foundations of Well-Being. It’s a science-based program aimed at creating positive changes in the brain. It offers practices that turn everyday experiences into opportunities to develop and strengthen our internal sense of peace, contentment & love. 

I don’t fall neatly into either the left-brain or right-brain category. I love the science of understanding how things work. And . . . . . . for most of my life, I’ve known on a deep level that my intuition is my truest guide. So practices that guide me into deeper awareness and a greater sense of peace keep me in touch with what matters most. I’ve worked with this material for almost a year and find that it satisfies both aspects of my mind. 

The program (guided & taught by Rick) includes short videos that explain the how of happiness, practices to deepen what you’ve learned, and creative exercises so you can tap into all parts of your brain. It’s designed around 12 Pillars of Well-Being (like mindfulness, self-caring, confidence and service – to name a few). Each pillar includes interviews with guest experts like Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, and Gretchen Rubin. The material is all available for you to download – so you can follow whatever pace or schedule works best for you. 

Rick is the author of Buddha’s Brain, Hardwiring Happiness, and Just One Thing, among other books & publications. He’s a neuropsychologist, meditation teacher, and has a very practical approach. A good friend of mine compared him to Mr. Rogers, which makes me smile, but is a comparison that’s well-earned. I guess it’s fair to say he’s a Mr. Rogers for grown-ups! 

If you think this program might appeal to you, there is a lot more information on their website.

My hope is that you find the resources that help you stay connected to your values and your true calling. May you be filled with peace and well-being! 

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  1. Winnie Ennenga August 3, 2015 at 7:17 am #

    Kelly, thanks for sharing this information. I’ve wanted to learn more about Rick’s program (or any brain focused orogram) but didn’t know where to start. Now I do, because I trust you.. and I rhyme too.

    • Kelly August 10, 2015 at 11:43 am #

      I really love Rick’s work. I hope you enjoy looking it over!

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