Synopses & Reviews
The price we pay for todays fast-paced, always-connected life is often stress, anxiety, and depression. While drawing on ancient wisdom, Donald Altman embraces twenty-first-century brain science to create practical, everyday strategies for experiencing a less-encumbered, less-entangled state of being. These techniques reactivate natural abilities you already possess.
The four keys for unlocking mindfulness are the body, the mind, the spirit, and relationships. Altman presents practices for turning each key toward contentment, confidence, and joy, including shifting our mental and emotional perceptions, inhabiting the body and its sense-abilities,” exploring spiritual connection, and tapping into the healing powers of community and relationship. Inviting and accessible to those new to mindfulness but comprehensive enough for more experienced practitioners, these powerful tools will help you transform your life from the inside out.
"In Art of the Inner Meal and Meal by Meal, Altman, who is also a therapist, explored healthy, conscientious food relationships. Though diet only plays a supporting role in this joyful look at residing in the present moment, reading Altman remains a profoundly nourishing experience. This is one of stacks of books to feature mindfulness exercises (observing breathing and emotions, sensing the body, loving-kindness prayers), but the added discussion of neuroscience studies that support the practice and the author's conversational, intimate tone make it one of the most worthwhile. Altman's four 'keys' to mindfulness mind, body, spirit, and relationships are each given 11 concise, straightforward chapters. Autobiography, lecture, stories form counseling sessions, and exercises for tuning into the now with greater clarity are the teaching tools for each key. Targeting stress and anxiety, Atman's prose and message is a peace-promoting prescription for anyone frazzled by life's breakneck speed. Mindfulness veterans and newcomers alike will find a trustworthy guide to a discipline gaining greater popularity and scientific validation. Altman addresses the mind while writing from the heart. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The Mindfulness Code
can greatly enhance the ability of anyone to live with a greater sense of direction and self-control.”
Jeffrey M. Schwartz, MD, coauthor of The Mind and The Brain
This well-written book addresses the root problems in anybodys life, and Altmans suggestions will certainly prove beneficial to readers who follow them.”
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, author of Mindfulness in Plain English and Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness
"A peace-promoting prescription for anyone frazzled by lifes breakneck speed."
An antidote to the stress and hurriedness of modern life. Donald Altman reminds us that kindness, acceptance, and listening just listening are as admirable and transformative as any work or monetary achievement.”
Robert Biswas-Diener, coauthor of Happiness
An engrossing blend of wisdom, humor, insights, and stories along with illustrative research and many helpful mindfulness exercises
The Mindfulness Code will hand you the keys for unlocking a life of greater ease and happiness.”
Roshi Jan Chozen Bays, MD, author of Mindful Eating
The price paid for today's fast-paced, always-connected lives is often stress, anxiety, and depression. While drawing on ancient wisdom, Altman embraces 21st-century science to create practical strategies for experiencing a "less-encumbered and entangled state of being."
About the Author
Donald Altman is a psychotherapist, former Buddhist monk, and adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark College Graduate School and Portland State University. He conducts mindful living and mindful eating workshops nationally. A member of the Burma Buddhist Monastery Association, he lives in Portland, Oregon.