Synopses & Reviews
The 100 simple practices found in Five Good Minutes® are designed to help even the busiest person start the day right. Using just five minutes of mindfulness, relaxation, or imagery techniques during their morning routines, readers can set their intentions and greet the day feeling calm, centered, and energized.
What difference can five minutes make in the crazy, nonstop course of a sixteen-hour day? For people feeling overwhelmed with responsibility, bored with the same tired routine, or frustrated about how to create meaning in their lives, a little time well spent can lead to extraordinary changes. This book shows readers how to dramatically improve their lives in just a few moments each day. The concept is powerfully simple: Readers take the time each morning to be fully present, to set a clear intention for themselves, and to really engage in any of 100 fun and easy-to-follow practices. Soon they will discover that amazing things can happen in just five minutes.
The book provides guided imagery, relaxation, mindfulness, and meditation practices-fun activities that relieve stress and create meaning and purpose in the reader's day. These practices help readers feel good, get motivated, and become inspired to change their lives for the better. Over time, these activities become guideposts readers will return to throughout the day, providing energy and inspiration when they need them most. In other words, the time readers of this book take for themselves in the morning might just be the five good minutes that change their lives.
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Award-winning motivational speaker and workshop leader Donald Altman presents The Joy Compass, a pocket guide to using the events of our daily lives to awaken gratitude, contentment, calm, and well-being in every moment.
What would life be like if we could get beyond the everyday worries, troubles, and stress that keep us from enjoying the joy in every moment? The Joy Compass is the little book that leads readers toward this possibility with tips and strategies for overriding the brain’s natural negativity bias so that they can reset their moods, release their laughter, and fully appreciate happy moments. Readers learn to recognize their negative moods as early as possible and override them to refocus their attention toward the people, events, and thoughts that bring them joy. The eight unique mindfulness strategies in this book help readers position their joy compass toward the present moment and develop the capacity to always have joy within arm’s reach, no matter the situation. The strategies include laughing, expressing gratitude, forgiving others, self-soothing with music, and spending silent time in contemplation or prayer.
Do you long for the ability to live fully in the moment? Do you wish that you could transcend everyday worries, dissolve discontent, and find true happiness? If so, The Joy Compass is your guide.
Packed with tips and strategies for overriding the brains natural negativity bias, this practical pocket guide will teach you to recognize your negative moods as early as possible and refocus your attention toward the people, pleasures, and thoughts that bring you the most joy. Inside, youll find eight unique mindfulness pathways to align your personal happiness compass and keep joy within arms reachno matter the situation. So get ready to reset your moods, release your laughter, and discover meaning and happiness right here, right now.
In Buddha's Brain, a clinical psychologist and a senior neurologist explain how the brain benefits from contemplative practice and show readers how to develop greater happiness, love, and wisdom by drawing from breakthroughs in modern neuroscience.
If you change your brain, you can change your life.
Great teachers like the Buddha, Jesus, Moses, Mohammed, and Gandhi were all born with brains built essentially like anyone elsesand then they changed their brains in ways that changed the world. Science is now revealing how the flow of thoughts actually sculpts the brain, and more and more, we are learning that it's possible to strengthen positive brain states.
By combining breakthroughs in neuroscience with insights from thousands of years of mindfulness practice, you too can use your mind to shape your brain for greater happiness, love, and wisdom. Buddha's Brain draws on the latest research to show how to stimulate your brain for more fulfilling relationships, a deeper spiritual life, and a greater sense of inner confidence and worth. Using guided meditations and mindfulness exercises, you'll learn how to activate the brain states of calm, joy, and compassion instead of worry, sorrow, and anger. Most importantly, you will foster positive psychological growth that will literally change the way you live in your day-to-day life.
This book presents an unprecedented intersection of psychology, neurology, and contemplative practice, and is filled with practical tools and skills that you can use every day to tap the unused potential of your brain and rewire it over time for greater well-being and peace of mind.
One hundred simple, fun practices to focus and inspire your day using mindfulness, meditation, and imagery that anyone can do in just five minutes a day in order to set your intention, get off on the right foot, and enrich your life
About the Author
Donald Altman, M.A., LPC, is a licensed professional counselor, a former Buddhist monk, a two-time EMMY-AWARD winning writer, and a pioneer in the field of Mindful Eating who is credited with writing one of the first books in that field, the highly regarded—Art of the Inner Meal (HarperSanFrancisco). Donald serves on the Board of Directors for the national organization The Center for Mindful Eating, and regularly conducts national trainings and seminars in the area of mindfulness. He has worked as a Senior Mental Health Therapist at the Providence St. Vincent Hospital’s Residential Outpatient General Psychiatric Clinic and Eating Clinic for over three years, as well as co-founding his own clinic, West Linn Counseling. He developed the first-ever mindful eating outpatient program for Providence St. Vincent Hospital. Subsequently, Donald expanded that into a successful 12-Weeks to Mindful Eating Program for other clinics and groups around the country. Donald also teaches extensively, and he is an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Graduate School, where he teaches the course, The Contemplative Dimensions in Education and Counseling. Donald also teaches mindfulness interventions for addictions professionals at Portland State University. Donald’s book Living Kindness is presently required reading in a New York City Buddhist Chaplaincy Program and has been used at the United Nations to help teach meditation to diplomats and staff. Donald was the first student at Lewis and Clark Graduate School ever to be asked to give a commencement speech for his class.