Donald Altman, MA, LPC, is a psychotherapist, a former Buddhist monk, and the award-winning author of several books, including One-Minute Mindfulness, The Mindfulness Toolbox, and The Mindfulness Code.
He conducts mindful living and mindful eating workshops and retreats and trains mental health therapists and business-people to use mindfulness as a tool for optimizing health and fulfillment. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
In the upcoming new book Clearing Emotional Clutter: Mindfulness Practices for Letting Go of What’s Blocking Your Fulfillment and Transformation, author Donald Altman combines modern neuroscience with ancient practices to show how habits and patterns can be modified with only a few minutes of attention daily.
“Emotional clutter from the past is like old boxes of emotional stuff that fill up the attic of our minds. If what’s in the attic leaves us feeling perpetually powerless, defensive, betrayed, sad, and unhappy, it can block us from recognizing the good and decent things in life,” writes Altman.
“By contrast, the ability to be healthy, happy, and well balanced — and to live a meaningful and fulfilling life — could be defined by how well we clear out this attic. To do this we need to recognize, adapt, buffer, and regulate all the emotional junk that threatens to derail our goals and dreams.”
Inspirational quote – Taking a sword against another is war. Taking a sword against oneself is peace by Inayat Khan
Alternative Practice – Mindfulness
4 bite mindfulness technique – S-T-O-P:
- Selection: Think about the first bite that you’ve selected to eat. How big is the bite? How fast or slow do you want to chew? Select, when you’re going to swallow that morsel of food.
- Taste: Notice the taste of that 2nd Can you taste in on the roof of your mouth? Follow the flavor and taste even after your chew it and it flow down your esophagus.
- Observe: Observe your hunger. The movement of your arm. The sound that you make as you chew.
- Pause: Take a pause. Take a breath. Put down the utensil and just be present!
Major Life Lesson – No matter how much trauma you’ve had – there is always hope. Looking at the little things can be huge.
Life Purpose – To help people find clarity, calm and peace. To help them lift themselves up and transform their consciousness.
- Best Advice – Mindfulness is Free. You are born with it.
- Personal Habit – Making sure that I get enough sleep.
- Book Recommendation – The Glass Bead Game: (Magister Ludi)
Learn more about Donald Altman at http://www.mindfulpractices.com
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