If you feel like you've been stuck repeating the same problems over and over or lost in endless distraction, don't worry. That may just be a signal that it's time for you to embark on an exciting new path of self-evolution.
Reflect taps into your unique human capacity for accessing meaning, presence and wisdom in 108 inspiring, affirming, and illuminating reflections. You'll journal, reflect, and practice, to discover the wonder and stillness of presence that exists for you, not tomorrow, but in this next awakening moment.
Donald Altman, M.A., LPC, is a psychotherapist, award-winning writer, former Buddhist monk, teacher and an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Graduate School of 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.
A prolific writer whose career spans more than 25 years, Donald has authored several pioneering books on mindfulness, beginning with his 1998 Art of the Inner Meal (HarperOne, 1999). His book, The Mindfulness Code (New World Library, 2010) was named as “One of the Best Spiritual Books of 2010.” He has also authored The Mindfulness Toolbox for Relationships: 50 Practical Tips, Tools & Handouts for Building Compassionate Connections (PESI, 2018),Stay Mindful & Color: Find Calm, Clarity and Happiness (PESI, 2016), Meal By Meal (New World Library, 2004), Living Kindness (Moon Lake Media, 2009), One Minute Mindfulness (New World Library, 2011), The Joy Compass (New Harbinger, 2012), The Mindfulness Toolbox: 50 Practical Tips, Tools & Handouts for Anxiety, Depression, Stress & Pain (PESI, 2014) and 101 Mindful Ways to Build Resilience: Cultivate Calm, Clarity, Optimism & Happiness Each Day (PESI, 2015).
In addition to his books, Donald was a staff writer for an EMMY-Award winning children’s television show (“The Magic Door,” CBS Chicago), won an American Medical Writer’s Association Award, co-created the first interactive comic strip on America Online, and has had articles appear in New Age Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and Independent Business Magazine, among others.
Donald reaches out to the professional community by serving as the vice president of The Center for Mindful Eating. Donald works extensively with mindful meditation in his own life, as well as offering these tools to others through his books and classes. He teaches mindfulness and spiritual values around the country. He is dedicated to bringing these ancient practices in tune with modern living and to invite wellness into our stress-filled lives. Donald is also a member of the Burma Buddhist Association. An avid motorcyclist, he enjoys riding his motorcycle along the beautiful Oregon coast.
Financial: Donald Altman is in private practice. He is an Adjunct Faculty member of the Interpersonal Neurobiology Program at Portland State University. Mr. Altman receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Nonfinancial: Donald Altman has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
This is a book to use every day, but especially on those days when you need help with changing your outlook on life and your relationships. Each section begins with a poetic reflection, followed by three ways to investigate that reflection in your life. You are inspired to be present with each sensation, person, and event in your life, and to let go of what blocks the joy and satisfaction that Presence can reveal. My personal favorite is, “What is one worry you could release with the next out-breath?” Jan Chozen Bays, MD and Zen Roshi, author of Mindful Eating
This book is a masterpiece. It is bound to become a classic for those of us who are serious about the business of true awakening. It is also a breath of fresh air. Donald Altman knows how to formulate the deepest wisdom with such an easy, tender and compassionate touch. And a wildly funny remark is never far away! I love this book already and know that it will inspire me for years to come. With tremendous craft Altman is able to awake the reader to the brilliancy of this moment. As he puts it, “The mind is like a wild mustang that will kick you unless trained.” This is the clearest, most poetic and most practical book on mindfulness I have seen in years. A lasting gift! Frank Coppieters, PhD, author and international meditation teacher
Reflect skillfully combines wisdom and humor, and I found myself not only reflecting but laughing at times, which drives the point home really well! The profound insights are accessible to everyone. I loved this book. David Nez, artist and author of The Tree of Visions
Donald’s wonderful book Reflect offers insightful and mindful “reflections” on the most important aspects of our lives. In our relationships, we should see partners, friends, and relatives with fresh eyes. Love involves the mindful deepening to the richness and subtleties of our connectedness. We should lighten up and enjoy laughter and humor so that we can truly open up to the here and now. John B. Arden, PhD, author of Mind-Brain-Gene
In a series of poetic aphorisms, Donald Altman caresses the topics of simplicity, peace, love, and bliss to illuminate the stuck places in our psyche and bring us home to our deeper selves. Reflect is truly magical. John Nelson, author of A Guide to Energetic Healing
Serenity is closer than we think, no further from us than the pages of this gem of a book. Every reflection within is an opportunity for heightened awareness, an open invitation to embrace life’s journey without mindless distraction, reveling in those spaces between thoughts, where we are inspired to receive the light of discovery and can reflect on the blessings of our truest, most pure and profound nature. Randall Fitzgerald, author and journalist
Reflection is a process of taking stock of yourself and where you stand in the world. As simple as it may sound it takes practice to develop the habit of practicing reflection. Fortunately, Donald Altman’s newest book, Reflect, provides insights into how you can make reflection a habit. Doing so will energize yourself as well as make you more aware of how you deliver your best to others. John Baldoni, author of Grace: A Leader’s Guide to a Better Us
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