The Magic of Mindfulness: How to Find Your Sacred Sweet Spot with Dr. Aria Campbell-Danesh & Seth Gillihan Ph.D. & Rebecca Pacheco
Original Air Date Wednesday, October 6, 2021
There are very few things in life that are within our control. Our perspective, perceptions, and the actions we take are the only things we truly have control of. If we want peace and joy, we must make them for ourselves. To explore how meditation and mindfulness practices can guide us toward our sacred sweet spot, Positive Psychology Podcast Host Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with three authors who use meditation and mindfulness practices as tools for a more satisfying and mindful life. Dr. Aria Campbell-Ganesh and Dr. Seth J. Gillihan, both psychologists, co-authored A Mindful Year: 365 Ways to Find Connection and the Sacred in Everyday Life, after the realization that we are in control of our own well-being and special moments can be celebrated every day. Yogi and meditator, Rebecca Pacheco is the author of the influential Still Life: The Myth and Magic of Mindful Living. She imparts her knowledge of mindfulness practices and how to adapt them to individual lifestyles. .
Dr. Aria Campbell-Danesh & Dr. Seth J. Gillihan
Find Your Sacred Sweet Spot:
- Our perceptions and actions are the only aspects of the world within our control. [2:22]
- When writing A Mindful Year Aria and Seth worked intentionally to bring the best experiences of life into every day. [8:53]
- Being in service to others liberates us from being self-absorbed and preoccupied with ourselves. [17:37]
- It is possible to stitch together a series of happy moments. [27:40]
Dr. Aria Campbell-Danesh DClinPsy, CPsychol, is a doctor in clinical psychology and an expert in the fields of behavior change and long-term health. A mindfulness specialist and creator of the FIT Method, he works internationally with clients on their mindset, exercise, and nutrition.
Seth Gillihan, PH.D. is a licensed psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Psychiatry Department at the University of Pennsylvania. He divides his professional time between psychotherapy practice, writing books and blog posts, and hosting conversations on living more fully for the Think Act Be podcast.
Book: A Mindful Year: 365 Ways to Find Connection and the Sacred in Everyday Life
Rebecca Pacheco — The Magic of Mindfulness:
- What it means to be mindful. [31:49]
- Mindfulness can take many different shapes. It is not a formal practice with expectations. [34:04]
- Rebecca Pacheco shares a personal story about how her mindfulness practice has adapted to her life. [37:09]
- Lisa and Rebecca share their pandemic-inspired mindfulness practices. [44:14]
- Being a good friend to ourselves, and the planet is the heart of mindfulness. [49:56]
- Rebecca shares a one-minute meditation that can be done anywhere. [52:51]
Rebecca Pacheco is the author of the upcoming Still Life and Do Your Om Thing, which was named one of the “top ten yoga and meditation books every yogi needs” by Yoga Journal and is used in teacher training programs across the United States. A yogi and meditator since her teens, Rebecca studied English Literature at the University of Richmond. She lives in Boston with her family, where she enjoys stillness and movement in equal measure.
Book: Still Life: The Myth and Magic of Mindful Living
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