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Pandemic Struggles Meet Mindfulness; Aria Campbell-Danesh and Seth Gillihan Mindfulness Mode

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Dr. Aria Campbell-Danesh 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 F.I.T. Method, he works internationally with clients on their mindset, exercise, and nutrition. Seth J. Gillihan is a clinical psychologist, best-selling author, podcast host, and creator of the Think Act Be Online School. He specializes in mindfulness-centered cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Both of my guests are authors of the best-selling book, A Mindful Year: 365 Ways to Find Connection and the Sacred in Everyday Life (Blackstone Publishing).
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Website: www.dr-aria.com
Website: www.sethgillihan.com
InstaGram: @dr._aria
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Effect on Emotions
Aria: I was once at a talk with the Dali Lama. I was going through clinical depression at the time, in my early 20s. Someone asked the Dali Lama, what would you do if you were depressed, as a Buddha? First, he laughed and said, I wouldn't know, I'm not depressed. Then he said something which resonated and stayed with me.
He said, your emotions are like the waves on an ocean … sometimes they're bigger and sometimes they're smaller. And they are always passing by. But deep below the waves, there's a calmness, a serenity; there's clarity and there's wisdom. And any point in time, you can often find waves of going deeper within, you can operate from that place.
Thoughts on Breathing
Seth: I would first set a specific time to practice because it's really easy to have an intention to do it but then other things will inevitably get in the way.
Then, start small with maybe a minute, or 3 minutes, or 5 minutes and just sit, notice the breath, be with those sensations, and know that meditation is not about making your thoughts stop. The more we try to do that actually, the more persistent the thoughts become. We just focus on the breath and then the mind will wander and will bring it right back.
Suggested Resources
Book: The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hahn
Book: A Mindful Year by Aria Campbell-Danesh and Seth Gillihan
Book: The Power of Now by Eckart Tolle
Book: Mindfulness: Finding Peace In A Frantic World
Book: The Unteathered Soul by Michael A. Singer
App: The Waking Up App
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Dr. Aria Campbell-Danesh 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 F.I.T. Method, he works internationally with clients on their mindset, exercise, and nutrition. Seth J. Gillihan is a clinical psychologist, best-selling author, podcast host, and creator of the Think Act Be Online School. He specializes in mindfulness-centered cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Both of my guests are authors of the best-selling book, A Mindful Year: 365 Ways to Find Connection and the Sacred in Everyday Life (Blackstone Publishing).
Listen & Subscribe on:
iTunes / Stitcher / Podbean / Overcast / Spotify
Contact Info
Website: www.dr-aria.com
Website: www.sethgillihan.com
InstaGram: @dr._aria
Most Influential Person

  Author of Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior

Effect on Emotions
Aria: I was once at a talk with the Dali Lama. I was going through clinical depression at the time, in my early 20s. Someone asked the Dali Lama, what would you do if you were depressed, as a Buddha? First, he laughed and said, I wouldn't know, I'm not depressed. Then he said something which resonated and stayed with me.
He said, your emotions are like the waves on an ocean … sometimes they're bigger and sometimes they're smaller. And they are always passing by. But deep below the waves, there's a calmness, a serenity; there's clarity and there's wisdom. And any point in time, you can often find waves of going deeper within, you can operate from that place.
Thoughts on Breathing
Seth: I would first set a specific time to practice because it's really easy to have an intention to do it but then other things will inevitably get in the way.
Then, start small with maybe a minute, or 3 minutes, or 5 minutes and just sit, notice the breath, be with those sensations, and know that meditation is not about making your thoughts stop. The more we try to do that actually, the more persistent the thoughts become. We just focus on the breath and then the mind will wander and will bring it right back.
Suggested Resources
Book: The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hahn
Book: A Mindful Year by Aria Campbell-Danesh and Seth Gillihan
Book: The Power of Now by Eckart Tolle
Book: Mindfulness: Finding Peace In A Frantic World
Book: The Unteathered Soul by Michael A. Singer
App: The Waking Up App
Related Episodes
017 Michael Pullman: He Threw Computers in Anger but Now is Calm Like Buddha
259 Discover Your Deepest Desires Alongside Moustafa Hamwi
226 Stop Pinching Yourself Off With Negativity Says Allison Sutter
Please Support Our Sponsor
Use hypnosis to help others stop struggling with their Deep rooted issues like weight loss, smoking, painful experiences. Are you a coach or a healer who would love to have new skills to help your clients. Hypnosis can help people reach goals faster and easier than you thought possible. Become a hypnotherapist. The Cascade Hypnosis Center offers world-class training. www.CascadeHypnosisCenter.com

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