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Publishers Weekly, 4/12/2010 The Mindfulness Code: Keys for Overcoming Stress, Anxiety, Fear, and Unhappiness Donald Altman. New World Library, $14.95 paper (284p) ISBN 978-1-57731-893-4
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)
In The Mindfulness Code, Donald Altman presents practical and user-friendly wisdom that highlights the essential role that mindful awareness can play in daily life. This book can greatly enhance the ability of anyone to live with a greater sense of direction and self-control.
--Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D., UCLA, author of The Mind and The Brain, and Brain Lock
The Mindfulness Code is well-written book that addresses the root problems in anybody’s life, and Altman’s suggestions will certainly prove beneficial to readers who follow them.
--Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, author ofMindfulness in Plain English and Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness
The Mindfulness Code is a wonderful mix of warmth, humor and gentle wisdom. Donald Altman weaves an engrossing blend of insights and personal stories from his many years as a skilled therapist along with illustrated research findings and many helpful mindfulness exercises. This book will hand you the keys to unlocking a life of greater ease and happiness.
--Roshi Jan Chozen-Bays, M.D., author, A Year of Living Mindfully, and Mindful Eating.
The Mindfulness Code acts as an antidote to the stress and hurriedness of modern life. In an age where we are pushed to perform ever better Altman reminds us that kindness, acceptance and listening--just listening--are as admirable and transformative as any work or monetary achievement. More importantly, he shows us how.
-- Robert Biswas-Diener, Dr. Philos., CMC, author, Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth
For those looking for more meaning from work or at work, The Mindfulness Code opens the door to discovering how you can derive more satisfaction from what you do. Happiness, as Altman, a practicing psychotherapist and Buddhist explains, can come from what you do for yourself as well as for others. The four keys to The Mindfulness Code are enlightening but also practical especially when coupled with the more than 40 strategies presented in this easy to read text. The Mindfulness Code is a book that you will find yourself reaching for again and again as you explore meaning in your own life’s work.
--John Baldoni, Internationally acclaimed leadership expert, executive coach and author of Lead Your Boss and Lead By Example
There are books about mindfulness as a technique for solving this or that problem. And then there are books that unpack the bigger-picture treasures of mindfulness as a worldview. The Mindfulness Code is an open-source secret of mindful living, a compassionate invitation to infuse mindfulness into every aspect of one’s life. In offering a set of four “keys” for overcoming suffering, Altman, remains an ever skillful locksmith, narrating an innovative existential map with the help of teachings, inspirations, clinical vignettes, personal revelations, and ready-to-use techniques.
--Pavel Somov, Ph.D., author, Present Perfect: Letting Go of Perfectionism and the Need to Control, The Lotus Effect, and Eating the Moment
Donald Altman's latest book is a feast of kindness, wisdom, humor and insight.Each Mindfulness Code offers practical and inspiring ways on how to cultivate inner peace amidst every day life. It's a beautifully written book that readers will want to savor as well as share with others. Once you start cracking The Mindfulness Code -- you won't want to stop.
--Ronna Kabatznick, Ph.D., author The Zen of Eating
Donald Altman's The Mindfulness Code is a rich integration of ancient knowledge of body/mind and spirit with evidence-cased research practices. It provides simple, realistic and achievable tools that will help people suffering from problems to find the resolution, composure and resilience necessary to face their difficulties and rebuild their life.
--Greg Crosby, M.A., LPC, CGP, Adjunct Faculty Marylhurst University and Portland State University, national trainer and consultant.
The Mindfulness Code is like having your own personal mindfulness coach. Altmans joy, passion, and knowledge are evident in each of the book's clearly written, experiential teachings. This book cannot help but bring more joy, happiness, and contentment to the lives of everyone who reads it. It is much needed elixir for these turbulent times.
--Randall Fitzgerald, Author of 10 books, including The Hundred Year Lie, Lucky You, and for two decades the Roving Editor for Reader's Digest