Episode 86 :: Donald Altman :: One Minute Mindfulness

| October 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

Donald Altman

Donald Altman, author of The Mindfulness Code, speaks with us about his new book One Minute Mindfulness, and mindful eating.

One of the most daunting aspects of our meditation practice is just how long it takes, particularly as beginners. Often, the most difficult meditation session is the very first time we try to sit mindfully for ten minutes! If we persevere, we work our way up to longer sessions, start going on day long retreats, then weekends, ten days, month long retreats and longer. But sometimes, even just remembering to take a minute for basic mindfulness, is our biggest hurdle. Passing that can lead to wonderful changes in our minds, how we interact with others, and even some of our deep seated biological cravings.

Donald Altman is a psychotherapist, award-winning writer, former Buddhist monk, and teacher. An adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, he teaches a class on “The Contemplative Dimension in Education and Counseling.” He is also a faculty member of the Interpersonal Neurobiology program at Portland State University and teaches various classes blending mindfulness and Interpersonal Neurobiology.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Shou Mei white tea.

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“Your breath is your intimate kiss with this moment.” — Donald Altman





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Music for This Episode

Shakuhachi Meditations

Shakuhachi Meditations

The music heard in the middle of the podcast is from Rodrigo Rodriguez’s CD, Shakuhachi Meditations. The tracks used in this episode are:

  • Kyuden No Kurayami

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Category: Book Reviews, The Secular Buddhist Podcast

Ted Meissner

About the Author ()

Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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