Clifford Saron TEDTalk – “The majesty of the present”

Interesting short talk on the Saron lab’s efforts with their “shamatha project”. Lots of cool stuff here. What interested me the most: Apparently Dr. Saron has a paper discussing the increase in telomerase (an enzyme used in DNA replication – its also expressed highly in cells that divide often) after an extended meditation retreat. I wonder if they figured out what tissues it was highly regulated in? Cool.

Video Series – The Compassionate Brain with Dr. Rick Hanson

This is a great video series really on point with this blog. I encourage you to check it out. You’ll first need to register at:
http://live.soundstrue.com/compassionatebrain/

Here’s a run-down of the whole series with some heavy-hitters in this field:

Session 1: How the Mind Changes the Brain
Recorded on Monday, October 8, 2012
With Dr. Richie Davidson, professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin and co-editor of The Asymmetrical Brain

Session 2: Mindfulness of Oneself and Others
Recorded on Monday, October 15, 2012
With Dr. Daniel Siegel, executive director of the Mindsight Institute and author of Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation

Session 3: Cultivating a Forgiving Heart
Recorded on Monday, October 22, 2012
With Dr. Tara Brach, founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and author of Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha

Session 4: The Evolution of Compassion: From Gene to Meme
Recorded on Monday, October 29, 2012
With Dr. Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and author of Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

Session 5: Balancing Compassion and Assertiveness
Recorded on Monday, November 5, 2012
With Dr. Kelly McGonigal, senior teacher and consultant for the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and author of The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

Session 6: The Power of Self-Compassion
Recorded on Monday, November 12, 2012
With Dr. Kristin Neff, professor of human development and culture at the University of Texas, Austin and author of Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind

Session 7: Compassion in the Wider World
Recorded on Monday, November 19, 2012
With Dr. Jean Houston, co-founder of The Foundation for Mind Research and author of The Possible Human: A Course in Enhancing Your Physical, Mental, and Creative Abilities

Session 8: At Home in the Heart—Practical Takeaways from This Series
Recorded on Monday, November 26, 2012
With Dr. Rick Hanson