Episode 15: Dr. Rick Hanson Interview on Mindful Relationships

After a long time of inactivity, I have resurrected the Live and Dare Podcast in order to interview Dr. Rick Hanson.

I met Dr. Rick during a conference in Melbourne, Australia, in July 2018. It was the first nation-wide meditation conference in Australia, organized by the Meditation Association of Australia, of which I’m part. I enjoyed his approach, method of teaching and message, so I decided to connect and exchange some ideas.

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. He is also the founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, and he has been invited to speak at Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities. In 2016 he gave a keynote address at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association.
His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, NPR, and other major media. His online Foundations of Well-Being program helps people use positive neuroplasticity to grow key inner strengths like resilience, self-worth, and compassion.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Rick’s journey into mindfulness and meditation
  • The key elements of a fulfilling intimate relationship, and how meditation can help you develop those
  • The practice of “thouing” the other as an expression of self-awareness and compassion
  • Developing a strong heart, and asserting one’s needs in relationships
  • Finding the balance between compassion and self-assertion
  • Integrating mindfulness and meditation in daily life
  • How to manage the side effects of traumatic experiences, and re-build ourselves after it
  • The neuropsychological foundation for lasting love
  • The four blunt questions that will show you were you are in the path, and where to focus on next
  • The importance of risking the dreaded experience

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People and movements mentioned:

Learn more about Dr. Rick Hanson books, courses and app, work visit his website.


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