The Bliss Blog

The Bliss Blog


One Minute Mindfulness

 

                                                 

Although there is alot to love about Donald Altman’s latest book entitled One minute Mindfulness: 50 simple ways to find peace, clarity, and new possibilities in a stressed-out world, my favorite portion opens the door for what follows:  “If there is a single secret to one-minute mindfulness, it is this: live the next sixty seconds as if your whole life depended on them, with a sense of urgency and excitement, or as if you had just arrived in a foreign land where there is nothing expected, hackneyed or taken for granted.”  Hmmm….I mused after reading this passage a few times and felt a sense of determination to do just that, to enter into the next moment, without expectation, but with anticipation that something wondrous could occur.

As a consummate recovering type A, I appreciate that this book is a user friendly guide, as it lays out, step by step ideas for enjoying each precious moment, enhancing relationships, finding rewarding right livelihood work, improving eating habits,  thus re-establishing wellness, immersing in life more fully and completely.

Anecdotes that put these concepts into practice, wisdom quotes, portable life skill exercises are a hallmark of the book. Altman encourages readers to ‘create an island of peace’, ‘gaze at the sky and the moon’, ‘leave work behind’, ‘find pleasantness’, ‘be at peace with desire’ and learn ‘lessons from the Earth’ and elaborates on them chapter by chapter.

The rewards of doing these practices are enumerable and priceless. Imagine having more peace, a sense of equanimity with whatever shows up in your life, getting the most out of each precious moment. One minute Mindfulness is the reminder to live both mind-fully and heart-fully.

www.oneminutemindfulnessbook.com



Previous Posts

Living in the Questions
  Since I don't have a television, the only times I watch are at the gym, at other people's homes or (as I am doing right now), in the hospital. Propped up in bed with yet another health challenge. A little more than a month ago, it was a heart attack. Back in November, it was shingles and i

posted 2:27:43pm Jul. 20, 2014 | read full post »

Power to the Peaceful
      I was a child during the Viet Nam War. Images of destruction, napalm, death, protests, tears, verbal and sometimes heated physical altercations between those in favor of the conflict and those opposed to it, streamed across our television screen daily. War never

posted 8:52:13am Jul. 19, 2014 | read full post »

Heart Song
  Lately, I have been more acutely aware of the connection between the cardiac muscle that keeps blood pumping through my body and sustains this corporeal existence and the emotional center that has made my thus far, more than 55 years on the planet worthwhile. Going on month two of my new l

posted 6:07:50am Jul. 18, 2014 | read full post »

To Live Significantly
      Many years ago, one of my college friends named Gina Foster had relayed a bit of wisdom that I treasure. She said that she endeavored to "live significantly," and that she does.  I knew instantly what she meant and agreed that it was my mission too. It isn't about

posted 9:52:42pm Jul. 16, 2014 | read full post »

The Queen of Reinvention
  When you look in the mirror, who do you see?  Not 'what do you see"?  Go beyond appearance....way beyond...go inward. What does this person think, feel, say and do?  Does that contribute to the makeup of their identity?  Perhaps. How about their history?  Not so much, as I like to rem

posted 9:09:41pm Jul. 15, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.