I loved Rick Hanson’s interview. His personality shone through as engaging, charming, and fun and his message was eloquent, erudite and powerful.
His most powerful message is that we need to respect the power of the cave man brain and accept that our brain is extremely vulnerable to ignition of the ‘Ancient fires of craving’. Rick explains that craving is caused by an internal sense of deficit or disturbance.
The sense of deficit or disturbance is associated with our core needs for safety, satisfaction and connection with others. We need to move from fear, frustration and heartache towards peace, contentment and love.
To achieve this people need to experience in their bones again and again that their core needs are being taken care of, otherwise the brain goes into its red zone and starts to feel threatened, dissatisfied or hurt, no matter how mindful or morally committed it is.
Rick summarizes by saying that mindfulness although necessary is not sufficient on its own. We also need to add moral commitments and a process of really, really experiencing core needs met to take fuel away from our ‘Ancient fires of craving’.