This week’s guest is Donald Altman. He is the author of The Mindfulness Code: Keys to Overcoming Fear, Anxiety, Stress, and Unhappiness and Meal by Meal. He is an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark College Graduate School, teaches at Portland State University, and conducts mindful living and eating workshops nationally. A member of the Dzogchen Foundation and the Burma Buddhist Monastery Association, he lives in Portland, Oregon. Visit him online at http://www.mindfulnesscode.com.
Consider that one of every four persons on the planet has suffered with clinical depression, and even more struggle with some form of anxiety. We need to remember that our human nervous systems haven’t changed in the past 100,000 years. But in the past 100 years, we have undergone more changes in technology than all of previous history. These changes have outstripped our innate ability to handle the speed, multi-tasking and weapons of mass distraction that are bombarding us daily. This really is subversive in our culture and much of the world because we have been mindlessly allowing ourselves to become obsessed with productivity, which turns us into machines. When you become consumed with achieving efficiency and productivity at all costs, you pay a terrible price in terms of ill health, stress, and anxiety. Mindfulness means you can learn to be more skillful in managing your stress so you live in the present moment and be more creative, alive, and fulfilled in the process. When you stop defining yourself by what you do and how much you do, you can touch life more deeply and become alive again. In fact, you will probably be more creative and productive without getting burned out.
Tune in at 1pmPST on Wednesday to find out how mindfulness can help you in all areas of your life.
To your health!