Annharriet Buck is an under-the-radar poster woman for the blending of science and mind; she’s a scientist by training and a guru by experience.
For over 30 years she’s been re-wiring high achievers to connect with their inner selves at the prestigious Golden Door Spa. She’s the architect of the spa’s mind body program, called the Inner Door.
Buck’s lectures and private sessions have become crash courses in internal management incorporating neuroscience, Tibetan wisdom, and a dash of new age.
Her advice for those of us who can’t afford $1000 + a day pampering? It’s Buck’s Theory of Contrasts, a bit of immediately accessible wisdom for when we’re stuck in a rut.
If you have been sitting, stand.
If you have been standing, sit.
If you have been traveling, stay home.
If you have been home, travel.
If you have been teaching, learn.
If you have been learning, teach.
If you have been talking, listen.
If you have been listening, talk.
“People are being called upon to adapt in ways that they have not in decades. We have to honor anxiety, but teach ourselves skills that will make us happier in life. No matter how bad your past was, you did somehow learn to skip.”
“I came at this with brain language,” says Buck. “I was trained as a scientist. It was not woo-woo. People who come to the Golden Door have access to the finest lectures in the world. They are not going to sit still for woo-woo. In the early days, I taught biofeedback. Gradually, I moved on to right-brain and left-brain thinking, and ultimately power affirmations.”
She honed her skills at science retreats and monasteries and studying with Thich Nhat Hanh, her favorite Buddhist thinker.