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Book Giveaway and Interview: One Minute Mindfulness

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As you can likely tell from the number of author interviews/giveaways I’ve posted during these last few weeks, I’ve been receiving and reading a wide selection of books lately. One-Minute Mindfulness is now sitting on my coffee table, where I know I will refer it often.

The full title reads One-Minute Mindfulness: 50 Simple Ways to Find Peace, Clarity, and New Possibilities in a Stressed-Out World. It delivers on its promise.

From the Amazon Description:

In this book, Donald Altman brings the benefits of mindfulness down to earth and into everyday life. With fifty exercises and practices to build awareness and center attention, you will discover how to savor routine pleasures, build fulfillment in your work, enhance and heal relationships, change unhealthy habits, and connect to peace even in the midst of chaos or uncertainty.

The Giveaway

To enter to win one of 5 free copies of One-Minute Mindfulness:

  1. Leave a comment on this post.
  2. Tweet: RT @tinybuddha Giveaway and Interview: One-Minute Mindfulness by Donald Altman http://bit.ly/mQfaHA

You can enter until midnight PST on Sunday, September 25th.

The Interview

1. In your book, One Minute Mindfulness, you offer a variety of practices to create mindfulness in 60 seconds. It’s an accessible practice, since everyone can find a minute here and there throughout their day. Do you find that integrating these practices into a daily routine creates more mindfulness overall?

In my mind, there’s no question that this increases the level of overall mindfulness. This is actually in line with the Buddha’s teachings—that mindfulness is used every possible moment. And it’s why mindfulness is considered to be a path to enlightenment.

Each next sixty seconds holds the potential for anyone to open with spaciousness to whatever is happening, to see the truth of that moment. You can only do that in the next minute that is right before you, which is why a one-minute mindfulness practice is so valuable.

2. What do you think are the biggest obstacles to mindfulness—and why is it so important?

One of the biggest obstacles to being mindful is the extreme amount of distractions that we face daily—and which produces restlessness, anxiety, and busyness in the mind. Take an inventory and notice how many things are trying to capture your attention—which is one the most valuable treasures that you possess.

Watching and observing the mind is also a one-minute mindfulness practice that I’ve included in the book for this reason, as well as ways to slow and calm the mind, allowing it to rest in quiet expansiveness.

3. In your work as a psychotherapist, have you found one-minute mindfulness to be an effective strategy for letting go of pain from the past?

I use a one-minute mindfulness approach with many of the people who come to see me for depression, anxiety, loss, and grief. The method is effective because it lets you master your awareness and attention by turning away from focusing on a source of suffering and turning you toward a source of joy and gratitude.

Happiness is not out there, but is a one-minute mindfulness practice of deciding where you want to focus the power of attention. For example, you can focus on what’s missing in your life and feel miserable, or you can turn your gaze toward appreciating what’s present and find new possibilities and hope. You can’t do that by purchasing a new toaster.

4. Can anyone reap the same benefits from one-minute mindfulness, regardless of their level of busyness?

That’s a good question, because the truth is that the more you practice, the easier it is to shift into the mindful minute. At the same time, I think anyone will find benefit, but the perceived benefit will be experienced according to the degree of difficulty.

Let me explain by using the metaphor of gymnastics. A beginning gymnast can learn a simple tumbling move and perfect it, which will leave them feeling great. A more experienced gymnast will try a higher degree tumbling move because they are more skilled. Both are applying their gymnastic training and getting equal amounts of satisfaction from it.

The same is true of one-minute mindfulness practices whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced practitioner. The mindfulness beginner might begin to notice and change more extreme and obvious habits of mind or actions—such as angry outbursts.

The more advanced practitioner might observe more subtle and nuanced mind habits, such as mental intentions and mental rigidity. While both are applying the skills, it is the degree of practice that changes how mindfulness is felt, or experienced.

5. Is one-minute mindfulness an alternative to traditional meditation?

I think both one-minute mindfulness and traditional meditation are important and of value. One-minute mindfulness is critical because it can be more accessible to those who can’t find the time for sitting for 20, 30, or 60 minutes of traditional meditation.

Once people start to experience one-minute mindfulness, they will get to a place where they will want to deepen the sense of peace they are getting by sitting in traditional meditation. Vice-versa, if someone is already doing a traditional sitting meditation, they will want to find a way to integrate the peace of that into their daily life.

So one-minute mindfulness and traditional meditation actually work together seamlessly. They are two sides of the same coin, and you can’t have a coin with just one side.

6. In your book, you devote an entire section to one-minute mindfulness in relationships, including suggestions such as “listen without judgment” and “let it be.” Are these practices most effective when both individuals in the relationship practice them?

I included a section on “One-minute Mindfulness for Relationships and Love” in the book because mindfulness is not just an individual pursuit. Sometimes we think that mindfulness is for the individual, but there is shared mindfulness all around us because at its core, mindfulness is about relationship—what’s the relationship we’re having with anything in our lives?

It is an I-It relationship, where we view things as external objects to be manipulated? Or, can we enter the dynamic, compassionate I-Thou relationship with all that we find around us? Since no-one can control another, we need to take responsibility for being mindful in relationships, regardless of whether the other is being mindful.

If you are mindful in a relationship, you are being effective and skillful with your kindness and hospitality and acceptance. That often changes the dynamics of the relationship, but such mindfulness is done not to manipulate another but because mindfulness is trying to reduce harm and suffering.

Mindfulness in relationships is very potent, and there have even been some studies that couples that practice these tools strengthen their relationships. It’s challenging too, because it asks the mindfulness practitioner to let go of preconceived ideas about whoever they are relating to.

7. Of the 50 mindfulness exercises in your book, which has been the most powerful for you personally, and why?

Let me use breathing as a metaphor for mindfulness. Personally, mindfulness is like breathing. Without it, living would be labored and probably like a constant asthma attack. How I use mindful awareness depends on what’s happening in my life.

Lately, I’ve been getting a lot out of the last section of the book, “One-Minute Mindfulness for Nature, Spirituality, and Contemplation.” I have been connecting with silence, listening to lessons from the earth, and focusing on messages of peace—all chapters in the last section.

I don’t really know how I could have found a sense of calm, insight, and gotten clarity without these at my side. I’m always finding a view of nature’s beauty. This morning, for example, I spent time looking at broad maple trees, leafy elms, and in the distance, towering Douglas fir trees that reach into the blue horizon.

Trees are nature’s largest organisms, and there are trees that are almost 5,000 years old sharing this planet. We can learn a lot from these peaceful neighbors. I am grateful for what mindfulness can offer each of us.

8. What’s the most important message you hope readers take away from One-Minute Mindfulness?

Don’t give up on mindfulness. Don’t give up on realizing the in-lightened view that it can give you and nourish you with. One-minute mindfulness is all you need right now. May it open the door to joy and let you find all the blessings that are hidden in plain view in the next sixty seconds!

Donald Altman, M.A., LPC, is the author of One-Minute Mindfulness, The Mindfulness Code, and Meal-by-Meal. Known as America’s Mindfulness Coach, he is a practicing psychotherapist who conducts mindful living and mindful eating workshops and retreats through colleges, community centers, and health care organizations. Visit him online at http://www.OneMinuteMindfulnessBook.com.

Based on the book One-Minute Mindfulness ©2011 by Donald Altman. Printed with permission of New World Library, Novato, CA. www.newworldlibrary.com


FTC Disclosure: I receive complimentary books for reviews and interviews on tinybuddha.com, but I am not compensated for writing or obligated to write anything specific. I am an Amazon affiliate, meaning I earn a percentage of all books purchased through the links I provide on this site.

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Tiny Buddha Founder Lori Deschene is the author of the Tiny Wisdom eBook seriesTiny Buddha's Guide to Loving Yourself, and Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life's Hard Questions. She's also co-founder of Recreate Your Life Story, an eCourse that helps you change your life. For inspiring posts and wisdom quotes, follow on Twitter & Facebook.

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  • Athren Glory

    What a wonderful giveaway, because what you are truly offering is a chance for those to have peace of mind. So consider this comment as a step closer for a chance to win that book.

  • Fee

    This sounds like a wonderful book, what a great way to increase your overall level of mindfulness!  Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy…

  • Happy Soul

    It would be wonderful If I could read this book… Looks like a fantastic way to change my life !

  • http://abuddhishblog.blogspot.com/ Les

    This interview really spoke to me. My fave bit was “trees are nature’s largest organisms….we can learn a lot from these peaceful neighbours”  I’m sure the book is just as brilliant in the same simple and direct way.

  • ORNJ

    Beautiful message .. beautiful vision!!  I can’t wait to read this!!

  • Heather

    I love it! As a psychotherapist myself I would love to use this with my clients, and myself!
    Heather

  • Vickied82

    I look forward to reading this book. This posting gives a great overview of what to expect and it seems very useful!

  • Danielle

    Tiny buddah has really helped me in trying to be more mindful. I would love to see the tips this book has!

  • Bonnie

    Like Les’ comment below, Mr. Altman’s mentioning of trees and nature struck me, reminding me of a powerful moment I had earlier this year while visiting Muir Woods. I would love to add this book to my toolbox of mindfulness resources. 

  • R Lasater

    A free book.  On mindfulness.  I’ll go there.

  • Anonymous

    Hi, Lori
     
    Interesting book – I’ll check it out.
     
    I am struck by the basic usefulness of this approach.   The emphasis on being in the moment and just focusing on that moment really makes the idea of conscious behavior change much more “reachable” for people.
     
    In some ways, I guess this is just a very nicely structured and intentional enhancement of the old advice when experiencing stress ~ “Just breathe”:).
     
    The sneaky part is much appreciated as well.   If you start engaging in mindfulness for brief bursts, you probably wil experience a reduction of stress symptoms.  That will reinforce doing it again, and in a period of time, you have created a new habit which is mostly automatic and unconscious.
    Then you are living in a state of mindfulness:)
     
    Sounds like good stuff.  I was happy to RT the message and will do so daily throughout the weekend.
     
    John

  • http://twitter.com/jlwarren jessica

    Sounds like a great book full of wonderful advice. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  • Bruce

    Sounds like a great book. For people just starting out with meditation and an attempt to be more mindful, I’m always reminded of the old saying “how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” The thought of sitting for 20, 30, or more minutes is sometime daunting. Biting off more than one can chew as it were. This seems like a brilliant and simple way to ease into it and still reap benefits. I look forward to reading it. I may even leave it laying around in the hope my wife may actually pick it up. Thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/VickiCasal Vicki Casal

    Sounds like a great read . . .

  • http://www.facebook.com/gingerblue Chel Micheline

    Sounds wonderful!

  • Darmcnally

    Thank you for the chance to have and read this nourishing book.

  • Daisy

    Sounds like a great book!

  • http://twitter.com/DotMeg Meg Gerritsen Canada

    I’m always working on mindfulness and sometimes successful :)

  • lucy kalantari

    Just one minute of mindfulness will take you a long way!

  • http://twitter.com/coolkiddo Jenny Ellwood

    Perfect timing with this post –  had first meditation session this week! Book sounds awesome!

  • Leigh Ann

    Sounds like a great book! Can’t wait to read it :)

  • @cwkhang

    one-minute mindfulness. interesting!

  • John McEvilly

    Sounds Brilliant. Great to know that even one minute of mindfulness can be beneficial.

  • Yves

    Sounds wonderful. Another great way to enhance my day!

  • Thomasina Cruz

    I look forward to reading.

  • Philsey

    Sounds like a great book!

  • Jillsuz

    Looking forward to reading this one!

  • Sharon paddock

    Thank you for Tiny Budda. I look forward to the emails every day. Love the quote today, “What you are is what you have been. What you’ll be is what you do now.”  ~Buddha ………so empowering!

  • Whitney

    I have just started meditating daily about a month ago and although I still have some crazy times, my life is changed forever.  I see myself in a completely new light.  And I know I am responsible for my own happiness.  Thank you for sharing…

  • Richard

    Love This philosophy!!

  • Monia

    Love the idea of this book… one Minute… who can’t spare this… will def. keep that on my list to get!

  • http://WhoIsRicardo.Com Ricardo M Rodriguez

    Great Interview. Definitely adding it to my reading list.

    Thank you for sharing

  • Shanti

    Sounds very interesting and helpful, can’t wait to read it!!! Thanks TinnyBuddha

  • http://www.wiseatwork.net Susie @ Wise At Work

    Excited about this book!

    Sharon Salzberg tells an interesting story about two female teachers in India, one being Dipa Ma. The other a friend of Dipa Ma’s “whose father-in-law had forbidden her to meditate.” When Sharon  asked her, ‘How did you accomplish what you needed to accomplish to
    be a teacher?, the woman said ‘I was very mindful when I stirred the
    rice.’”

    I love this quote as it embodies life with mindfulness.

  • Trisha Dodson

    Love this type of book! I have read one similar to it called: Meditation in a New York Minute. That is one book I always find myself coming back to day after day. It had so many different ideas. That is why I think I would love this particular book, not only meditations but mindfulness exercises!

  • Micky

    Man, my sister and I gonna read this book cover to cover and then have the best discussion over honey tea. I cant wait!

  • Mborolady55

    this seems like a really good book for me to read! Maybe I’ll win one of the free copies!! ;o)

  • Sarah

    I just found TinyBuddha this week, but I’m so happy to say it covers just about everything I think and stress about from day to day. Thank you for sharing your wisdom. This book looks like just what I need!

  • Robert

    It’s always great to get some new resources – thanks for the information

  • Lutz

    I get so much inspiration from reading your posts. I am sure that I would get a lot of benefit from the book.

  • Hope

    Interesting! I hope to get this book! :)

  • Judilight

    I loved todays contribution by Laura Fenamore and have printed it off to give to my daughter who is experiencing some very similar challenges.  Very helpful, so thank you!  I am excited to read this new book on One Minute Mindfulness.   I practice “off and on” throughout my day, but not on a consistent basis and usually only when I “need” to rather than as a constant.   Fingers crossed I win a book…but if not.. there’s always Barnes and Noble!  :0)  Cheers.. Judi.

  • Bill

    This looks like a great book and look forward to reading it!

    I look forward to the daily message from Tiny Buddha – they help me find the clarity I need to balance my life.

  • threethirty

    mindfulness is hard, hopefully this book will help :)

  • Anonymous

    I just added this book to my Goodreads list. It sounds like it’s perfect for me, as I’ve been struggling with mindfulness and meditation. 

  • Sahildhingra

    I like that there is such a resource out there for spiritual people.  Often times, mindfulness or being mindful is stated as a solution to getting out of your head and into the present you have the ability to shape and create.  Taking mindfulness as a principle and putting it into tangible things people can do to achieve it is what most appeals to me about this book.  Thanks for sharing it Lori!

  • Jenny

    I have a hard time getting focused enough to enter a mindfulness state.  My brain just does not go that way.  I would be interested in learning more about how I can get there.

  • PJ Swanwick

    I have practiced my own version of one-minute mindfulness for years without
    really knowing how or why or whether I was doing it right. Your book sounds like a
    great resource for people like me who would like to advance to the next level of
    mindfulness and meditation.

     

    Donald, would you mind sharing your Number 1, most recommended technique?

  • http://twitter.com/FantasyPoet Mary Prevost

    I SO NEED this book !!! (Just ask my boyfriend)

  • http://www.facebook.com/sew.design Sarah Windsor

    simply lovely! <3

    I would love to win!

  • http://twitter.com/FantasyPoet Mary Prevost

    I SO NEED this book !!! (just ask my boyfriend)

  • Marshallea

    Seems like the perfect thing to start ones day!

  • ~Chelsea~

    Count me in!  I could definitely use some help changing some habits . . . 

  • Vadharm

    As a Man Thinketh So Is He

  • Jann

    I am finding these posts to be even more helpful as I move into retirement.

  • Karimccowan

    Sounds awesome!

  • Christina

    Pretty please? :)

  • joy

    This sounds like a great book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • http://twitter.com/IanMcL13 Ian McLoughlin ॐ

    Exactly what I try to give to my clients and more importantly what they discover for and within themselves ॐ

  • An

    I want in on this awesome book please!

  • Lucy

    I love Tiny Buddha it is so helpful and inspiring. I look forward to reading the messages and ideas to apply to my life. Learning and bringing the practice of Mindfulness into my life is and has been wonderful and difficult too. It is making all the difference though. I look forward to reading this book, learning and experiencing the practice more! Thanks for being here! :)

  • http://twitter.com/heather_artiste heather_artiste

    What a great book, I can’t wait to see it in person, whether I win or pick it up myself.  I need to work on my mindfulness.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WRG6J4NENHTYJCGH6PW6KYZYSQ 1TXgirl

    Sounds great, always appreciate your blog!

  • Ggonzalez

    Wonderful read I’m sure.

  • http://twitter.com/will2live jules

    the book sounds delightful! can’t wait to read it.

  • Danielle Hahn

    Oh, how I would love to win this book. I am a fairly new subscriber and love your posts every day.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aronayne13 Ann Ronayne

    Can’t wait to read the section on mindfulness in relationships!  Still an area where I struggle. 

  • http://twitter.com/lindalatina Niurka Garcia
  • Jcyoda

    I would love this book because I am currently trying very hard to stay in the momment to combat anxiety.  I think this would be very helpful.

  • http://www.chibistruggles.blogspot.com Chibi Jeebs

    Mindfulness is something I’m trying, well, to be mindful of! I’m trying to remember to “be here now” when my brain gets too far ahead of me.

  • AMM

    We have been taking a moment for mindfulness before big meetings at work and it has a profound effect on the tone of the meeting. Instead of a frenzied pace where many people are tuned out, everyone seems more present and the creativity & collaboration is amplified.

  • Liliane

    We can never be wise enough. I am a work in progress. Great books like this one are helping me to transform and gain wisdom.

    Many blessings.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=555567456 Kelly Arnold

    this book looks really insightful, great give away!

  • Maria

    Thank you for the giveaway. The book sounds like a perfect addition for anyone and everyone. I would love to win it, and if I don’t I’m sure who ever does will benefit greatly from it.
    (I subscribe by email :o) )

  • Hakandragon

    Ooh, looks like a great book! Gonna put it on my ‘must-read’ list for sure :)

  • Steph

    I am a subscriber!!!!

  • Katie

    Oh this sounds a book for me!  Won or bought!

  • Annica

    I love your inspiration it is needed in our world of stressfull situations today ;-)

  • Tara7909

    This book looks great!!!

  • Megan Mariestos Roop

    This looks like an amazing read! I will be picking it up if even I do not win it. :)

  • http://www.onemanswonder.com Jeffrey Willius

    This book sounds like it’s very well situated for those who follow Tiny Buddha. There are lots of people who instinctively know the wisdom of mindfulness, and yearn for it. But many are turned off by too much esoteric jargon in the discussion and too much rigor in the practice.

    The apparent accessibility of this book, as of Tiny Buddha, as of what I’m trying to do at my site, sounds like a welcome contribution to the field. I’d love to read it!

  • Tracey R Thomas

    Mindfulness has been my focus for the last few months, this book sounds like a great tool for helping me on my journey.
     

  • Kay Nix

    My teacher, Arjia Rinpoche, posted a short bit of this book on his site a short time ago.  I really found it useful.  Would love to have the whole thing.

  • April Bradley

    i would love to win this book!

  • Drew

    The old advice to stop and smell the roses has never been more apt. We all need to learn to eat, work, and play more mindfully. Multi-tasking is not all it’s cracked up to be.

  • http://www.onemanswonder.com Jeffrey Willius

    Multi-tasking’s a myth.

  • Jessica Madole

    Can’t wait to read it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dina-Agnessi-Lorenzetti/637155658 Dina Agnessi-Lorenzetti

    Good reason to say to some one ” give me a minute” …..then use that minute mindfully!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dina-Agnessi-Lorenzetti/637155658 Dina Agnessi-Lorenzetti

    Good reason now to say to some one ” give me a minute” , then use that minute mindfully!

  • Viking_girl

    I love mindfulness! I teach DBT skills to adolescent males in a locked facility setting. Some of them do not grasp mindfulness at all, but for others, mindfulness is an excellent way for them to reduce their worries about future events, what’s going on at home, and the crap that has happened to them in the past.

    I’m looking forward to getting this book. If I don’t win it, it will definitely be on my list to buy.  

  • cldson

    “It is an I-It relationship, where we view things as external objects
    to be manipulated? Or, can we enter the dynamic, compassionate I-Thou
    relationship with all that we find around us? Since no-one can control
    another, we need to take responsibility for being mindful in
    relationships, regardless of whether the other is being mindful.”

    The I-Thou relationship is the most interesting part of the interview for me. I wonder what is the full extent of this for the author, e.g., is it only with an external other round us) or does he believe that that there are facets and parts of ourselves as identified in transactional analysis which make this relationship applicable to ourselves (within us) including the Thou related to the cosmic/higher self?”

    “If you are mindful in a relationship, you are being effective and
    skillful with your kindness and hospitality and acceptance. That often
    changes the dynamics of the relationship, but such mindfulness is done
    not to manipulate another but because mindfulness is trying to reduce
    harm and suffering.”

    Did the author mindfully not include something about what he wants to increase?

  • http://ponder-the-pre.posterous.com Kate Britt

    I find mindfulness is the absolute best kind of meditation for me, yet I keep forgetting to remember to use it! This article is a good reminder. Even better, the idea of frequently doing a one-minute session of it makes it seem easy to accomplish. Also, reading “the more you practice, the easier it is to shift into the mindful minute” is a good eye-opener. I’m like, duh, practice, of course! Regular practice makes everything easier and better. And this 1-minute idea makes Practice so much more accessible and likely for me. Thanks! I have to get this book — but I’ll wait for a bit in case I win it. ;)

  • http://www.stranglingmymuse.com Sandy at Strangling My Muse

    This sounds like a wonderful book! It’s so important to realize we can become mindful in tiny moments during a busy day, rather than waiting for the “perfect” time to be mindful. I’m looking forward to reading it, and will buy a copy even if I don’t win!

  • Jan Shoemaker

    Great quotes I would share with my Yoga students if I won this book, thank you for making it available to us.

  • Pafunk

    I am a public health hygienist who works with a variety of people.  There are so many distractions to try to remain centered and not be distracted being able to read something short to help me maintain my clarity to the people I serve would be awesome!!

  • Dan

    Sounds like a great book!  Can’t wait to read it.

  • Sarah

    Love both of your posts today … One Minute Mindfulness sounds like a book I too would like to have on my coffee table!  If not now, when? Thanks for all of your work!

  • JB

    I love your daily inspirations on Facebook, they always resonate and this book sounds terrific because we live in such a 2 second world.

  • Suzi

    I need this book!

  • Rebecca

    With 5 kids and 3 dogs all I have is ONE minute to myself it would be wonderful to use it for something better than I am using it for now this book is a MUST!!!

  • Grammyd01

    WOW, what a powerful book this must be.  I would love to have a copy.

  • jck

    This sounds like a wonderful book! I plan on finding a copy one way or another!

  • Tarabouchard

    i’m loving the idea of the one minute meditation!! great idea, want to read more : )

  • Christopher Rivera

    Thank you for this, it really puts into perspective just how powerful 60 seconds can be! This will be the perfect birthday gift for my best friend, Viviana, at the end of the month.

  • Brenda

    I enjoyed the interview, especially the comment “…you can focus on what’s missing in your life and feel miserable, or you can turn your gaze toward appreciating what’s present and find new possibilities and hope.” It really made me think about my own life and what I focus on. I really hope I am one of the winners of this book

  • Chris Wagner

    This looks like a wonderful book, thanks for doing this giveaway!

  • Trish

    What a wonderful guideline to help me work on being mindfulness in my busy life!

  • Lemonsparkly

    I would love to win a copy of this book! The concept of “Each next sixty seconds holds the potential for anyone to open with spaciousness to whatever is happening, to see the truth of that moment. You can only do in the next minute that is right before you…” is something that I am (and I’m sure, most of us are) trying to come to terms with in dealing with some relationship and life changes with openness and mindfulness.

  • Tanya

    So good for all of us busy people. I look forward to exploring this book more. 

  • Dixie

    Sounds like a wonderful book. I can’t wait to read it!

  • Andymb3

    sounds like a fab read.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like a fantastic book. I hope I win!

  • Annabelle Cameron

    Wow. Just one-minute to mindfulness. That sounds wonderful. We all should be doing this. The world would be a much more peaceful place to live in.

  • Mcrose1186

    Would love to integrate these ideas into a larger practice.

  • lisa

    Would love to have this on My coffee table:)!

  • Jenyork07

    Wow this book looks fantastic.  I could absolutely use it in designing practices with my coaching clients.

  • Dani

    I recently began learning about mindfulness to help relieve stress. This book would be great to have to refer to!

  • Anonymous

    To paraphrase Lao-tzu: 
    A Journey to mindfulness begins with a single minute.

  • Jene

    I have heard of this book!

  • Kim

    Wow! This seems like a book just for me! I would love to read it!

  • Jillydean24

    This is just the book for me, life as a working mom keeps me on the go and I am constantly looking for ways to slow down and enjoy what life has to offer!  I think this book could teach me a lot!

  • Positively Zen

    Nice! Definitely want to check this book out. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  • Diane Nadeau

    I am a new member of the tiny buddha and really like ejoy my daily inspiration.  Would love to win a copy of the book to help me with my therapy sessions.  Keep up the good work.

  • Karen

    Question 7 where Donald talked of his appreciation for trees resonated with me.  Trees are one of my favorite things on this planet.  I would love to find out more of his mindfulness practices.

  • lilewok

    Good interview.  I am finding the books and interviews enjoyable and informative.  Thanks for the inspirations daily!

  • Jbirman

    Would love to win your awesome book.
     

  • Pam

    I have found for many years now, that being outside with nature be it walking alone or with my dog, kayaking or just sitting, to be my best way to become centered. I was so glad to see it mentioned in the interview as one of the one minute “techniques”.

  • Terra Matter

    Reading the interview makes me want this book in my hands now. I gain motivation everyday from this website while I am  going through some very tough times caring for my father who has terminal cancer. Everyday is a new day, and if I can learn to take even just one wisdom each day to get through this trying time.

  • http://twitter.com/YogiGrasshopper Allison Kapitanoff

    I too am trying to collect as many books on the subject and others like it to keep myself going– just finished “Mindful Yoga Mindful Life” and “Living Your Yoga”– this would be a great addition to my collection. Already RT’d!!  :)

  • Di

    A wonderful way to integrate meditation slowly into your life. I used to be so intimidated by meditation–”was I doing it right?”, “how long should I meditate?”, “what position to I sit in?”, and so forth. Mr Altman’s ideas are relaxing and easy, no stress! Everybody has a minute, right?

  • Karin Kann

    Lori’s spirit, wisdom & unique communication skills shared through her OWN life experiences enhance the journey of many .. of which i AM proud to be one avid follower …. in deep gratitude & infinite blessings sista

  • Jill

    This book sounds excellent! Would love it to use both personally and professionally. 

  • Donna

    I’m fairly new to Tiny Buddha, which has been a breath of fresh air in my life for a couple months now. I recently realized my old habit of focusing on what was lost, broken, taken away, is missing, etc., rather than focusing on all the positives in my life has been keeping me from enjoying the journey. I’ve spent too many years trying to get to a destination that I can’t reach. One minute at a time… I can do that.

  • Laura Craddock

    I would love a copy- thank you!

  • pass4b

    Desperately seeking 50 simple ways….

  • Alison

    I’ve done four day long silent meditation retreats but have such a hard time integrating lengthy “sits” into my hectic real life.  I would love to check out this book and learn some ways to integrate mindfulness into my life in only 60 second intervals!!  What an inspiration!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mtakacs Mark Takacs

    Sounds like it would be a great book to have on hand!

  • Anneliese Mae

    I signed up for a mindfulness workshop through my university for October.  As someone who suffers from BPD, mindfulness is a technique that has been suggested to me in terms of dealing with the tidal wave of emotions that comes with the unfortunate tendencies of borderline personality.  Emotional dysregulation and the awful inundation of intensity that accompanies it feels impossible to overcome.  But countless coping therapies I have noticed include mindfulness practice, keeping in the present moment and getting down to the root of the feeling rather than giving into the vicious cycle. 

    I’m glad I got this in the TB email…I’m looking for more books to add to my library.  Thank you for the suggestion!

  • Jessie

    Anythign that will help in my journey a more peacful me is worth it!

  • Jessie

    In my hurry to post, I didn’t proofread!  Does that tell you who needs this book!!!?

  • DalaLuz

    Would love to share this book with some people :) Here’s my tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/DalaLuz/status/116707789954498560

  • RA

    I would love love love this book!

  • Carjobo

    Both of today’s posts had so much good inspiration!  So far I haven’t been successful at meditating, but I think I can learn to be be mindful for a minute…  Thank you.

  • Caseywms

    Boy, do I need this book!!

  • Stanford

    This will be an interesting read regardless of wether to not I win it! I find it interesting, the contrast between finding peace within sixty seconds and a whole session of meditation. 

  • Mary Martin

    I love the concept in the review – I get too busied to remember to mindful…..might just help to have a simpler focus. Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/kmjrose Karen M. Joyce

    Sounds like something I would enjoy!

  • Jamie

    I have tried meditation and stopped doing it because of how long it takes and how easily distracted I can get. Winning this book from this giveaway will definitely give a big push to me in practicing the “be in the present” mindset!

  • Prairigrl

    Do we have to comment and tweet? I don’t have twitter. Also, when you say subscriber, do you mean fb “liked”. Otherwise, how do you subscribe? I would like to, as I really appreciate your stuff. :)

  • Deb Baciocco

    Well, if I don’t win…I’ll be purchasing!

  • Minoueel

    Wow. A fantastic book for a wonderful giveaway. Will love to get a copy if I can win one.

  • Pranaom

    This book seems really great. I would love to read it and probably do it anyway!

  • Eric R. Price

    Sounds like a great book!

  • Christina

    I was just recently in my library searching for a book like this and came home empty handed.  Would be so excited to win this!  Love Tiny Buddha also.  Thanks for the daily wisdom.

  • Debbie

    We all have too many distractions and procrastinations. Would love to have this book as a reference to get me back on track! Good wisdom

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7C3Z5M2GOI35OE54GNFVGB6FOM Patty

    Tangible reminder of practicing mindfulness…the essence of simplicity.  Thank you for sharing the gift of your presence by writing this book.  It is a joyful and blessed experience when someone shines their light to illuminate the way for all who seek it.
    Namaste~

  • http://twitter.com/lori_deschene Lori Deschene

    Hi Prairigrl,

    If you don’t have Twitter, this comment is more than sufficient! You can become an email subscriber by filling out the form here: http://bit.ly/gIy3jn

    Have a wonderful day =)
    Lori

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sand-Henderson/100001841844178 Sand Henderson

    I have been feeling like i need something in my life…and i stumbled upon this page and giveaway.That would be good reading for me-thanks for the giveaway.

  • Megmthatcher

    Yessssssss!! More Please : )

  • Leschbacher84

    Lori, thanks for all the book suggestions lately! Yet another to go on my big bucket list :)

  • http://www.onehalfamazing.com Bob Hazlett

    OH, pick me!

  • Traci

    I would LOVE this book! Thank you for your give-aways.

  • http://writingherlife.com Ami

    I’m a subscriber and would LOVE this book. Thanks for the great giveaways and book recommendations!

  • Robin

    winner winner

  • Angelina Rose Spotts

    Mindfulness has become a priority in my life. It is amazing how much you realize you haven’t been paying attention when you start to focus on it.

  • Kimberly Murman

    Always impressed with how the articles and resources on Tiny Buddha are so prevalent and re “spot on” for where I am that day.

  • KS

    When there is no choice, it is easy to chose. But where there is a choice, that is when sufferings begin. How ironical? When there is no choice, one complains about lack of freedom but when there is a choice one is cornered with sufferings when one try to decide to make a selection. Bottom line is that the choice is for one to decide and the decision is made based on the best available information at that point of time. Don’t worry or feel insecure about the outcome. What will be will be. Just live your life and don’t ever let life leaves you. 

    Sadness is a prelude to joy. There is nothing wrong or bad about feeling sad. Sadness has given me tremendous amount of inspiration to search for reasons and/or solutions why I am feeling sad. You will be surprise where the journey takes you. You will know yourself better at the end of the journey. I do still feel sad. Is it my failure to let go of my ego or greed or dwelling in the sea of ignorance.

    Why let other external factors affect your mind. If your mind is at peace, you will be peaceful. Everything is impermanent and transient. Your reaction to external stimulant must be controlled and viewed as a passing phase. Don’t be afraid to be sad. It is just an transient emotion. Even joy will also not be always there. Therefore, why crave for something when it will keep on changing. One can never keep it permanently. I will not give up!

  • Trudy

    I am in a Mindfulness Based Stress Relaxation series of classes now and want to read this book soon!

  • Ehsan Abbasi

    I’m a beginner, and would love to have a copy of the book to learn more…

  • Lois

    Tiny Buddha is my first online stop in the morning.  Learning about valuable resources, such as this book, is the reason why.  Mindfulness meditation is changing my life.

  • Catherine3o

    The book looks great.

  • http://www.thedailyawe.com Lindsay | The Daily Awe

    I would love to win this book – I’d read it and share it with others! 

  • Barbara Hocker

    Sounds like a very interesting book!

  • Evelyn Alvarez

    I’d love to read this book!!! Definitely need to word on my mindfulness.

  • Dpaulglass

    Your work inspires me daily!!  Thank you.

  • Stacey

    I would love this book!  :)

  • http://twitter.com/RonAnthonyQuinn RonAnthonyQuinn

    Thank you for the opportunity. It looks interesting and a good morning read.

  • Tshultz7

    This book looks great and will definitely have to get myself a copy. (maybe win a copy ;)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7C3Z5M2GOI35OE54GNFVGB6FOM Patty

    This is a “must have” book in my daily affirmations/ reflections repetoire :)

  • Di

    Please put me in the bag for a chance to win this book, it looks great :)

  • Katie

    From what the author says, I think this book can help me in every part of my ever increasingly stressful life!

  • Beth

    A topic I would love to read more about…

  • dje

    I have been reading other works on mindfulness and working to practice it in my daily life. I share the author’s view of what nature has to offer. When I need to be still, there’s nothing better for me than time spent in the woods. It keeps me sane!

  • Vshaw1118

    I really liked this article. Yes, we are all busy, but I think we’d all feel better (& behave better) if we took that 1 minute a day to slow down & calm our minds. Imagine the world if everyone did this! Guess you have to start w/yourself , & that’s what I intend to do!

  • Annhall74

    I need one mindfulness for throughout the day..

  • SK

    Sounds like a wonderful read!  One minute is about all I seem to have these days.

  • Jim Devine

    Heard about the concept of “mindfulness” for years,however until recently I havent given meditation or its cousins a shot.What a mistake! Any tools to quickly re-center are a real gift.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=608391454 Joanne Dernie

    I forward this blog to SO many people! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=608391454 Joanne Dernie

    I forward this blog to SO many people! :)

  • Herblady

    Would love this too…Namaste

  • Shoshana

    I’d love to have this book! Please enter me in the contest :)

  • Colleen

    Thanks for the interview. Sounds like a fabulous book!

  • Claudia

    I have set reminders over the course of the day, and every couple hours I take a minute break to just be, to just breathe. It helps me to break out of the stress and daily rut.

  • http://twitter.com/starstuffnet Erica

    Sounds like a great book!  I hope I win.  :)

    youbestbelieve@gmail:disqus .com

    Here is my RT: http://twitter.com/#!/starstuffnet/status/117346386785218561

  • Danicc

    I  just caught up on my Tiny Buddha emails after 3 days.  I never thought I’d miss reading an email, but I find these daily doses such a great way to decompress and remind myself how to slow down.  This book looks great.  Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

  • Jamiebrooke19

    Would love to win a copy!

  • Addie

    This seems like such a captivating read! I’ve been reading reviews. Excellent! The section featuring the inimitable power of LISTENING WITH OUT JUDGMENT is particularly interesting to me. 

    I also love the sense of hope the author instills in the (future) reader. My goodness, I second that comment, lisa; I would LOVE this book on my coffee table! 

  • Natakisportdogs

    Fantstic concept. I have already started to make some changes. Easy and inspiring.

  • Juniper

    I’d love to read this. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002553121276 Missy Witherow Travis

    I’ve been working on being more mindful in my everyday life.  It has been a challenge, but I have noticed subtle improvements in my life because of it.  I think this book would be a wonderful inspiration to be more mindful.

    Namaste’

  • linda

    while i’m constantly working on being mindful of my life, days, moments, i’m totally intrigued by the book to see if it could add some peace and contentment to my husband’s days, moments…. The book looks to have something for both of us.

  • http://twitter.com/taliamarie92 Talia

    I would love and appreciate to have a copy of this book! Mindfulness is definitely something I’m seeking to improve and live. It’s definitely a challenge in our busy world. Thank you for sharing this. I’m tweeting this as well.

  • Debrablumberg

    Thanks for introducing us to this book.  I’d love to win one of them!

  • Terri

    The answers in the above Interview have really peaked my interest in this book. Thank you!

  • Mohan

    Adopt a simple, purposeful life with love , affection filled with mindfulness to have always happiness and peace

  • Eve

    I could use some help with mindfullness, maybe even for two minutes….LOL.

  • http://twitter.com/jesskstark Jessica Stark

    I love your blog and I would be thrilled to win the book.  Thanks for the offer.

  • Nadine

    mindfulness is the ancient black!  I am enjoying everyday as a opportunity to live mindfully..

  • Diane

    I’ve been reading a lot about meditation and mindfulness.  It’s hard for me to carve out time for long meditation periods, so this may be the answer that I’m looking for.  I’m intrigued about the concept and can’t wait to learn more.  Thanks for sharing!

  • Kate Louw

    Something I would love to refer to every day. xx

  • chelsea boyd

    This sounds like an amazing book!  I am a yoga teacher and would love to read it. 

    –Chelsea

  • Elizabeth R

    I would love to read this book!  Even if I don’t win it I’ll buy it anyway. 

  • Witt

    Such an incredible tool. Everyone should try it.

  • Michelle

    Can’t wait to read this book!

  • Angela

    I always have your Twitter updates sent straight to my phone so I see them as soon as possible. I’m going through an awful lot lately.. the end of a 20+ year marriage, living on my own for the first time ever, and a lot of self doubt/hatred. Your posts always feel like they’re written just for me. Thank you for this amazing site!

  • Chela

    This book sounds like a great help at incorporating mindfulness into a busy life. My tweet about the giveaway is here: https://twitter.com/#!/ChelaBK/status/117531591097589760

  • Julie

    I like the concept of brief one minute mindfulness.  Quick and calming… thank you!

  • Wendy

    I would really love the chance to get a copy and share….I am growing and ever changing and becoming more mindful in a busy day. This book sounds wonderful and an absolute must for everyone!! I am going to order my copy today and If I win the book – I will pass it along to spread the knowledge!!! :) Thank you for the give away!!

  • Chickoryhillcrone

    All we really have is this minute so anything that can help us ‘be” in that instant enables us to live more fully.  I for one can use all the reminders I can get.

  • Jody P

    This sounds like a wonderful book!  As much as I would love to be able to meditate on a regular basis, with my hectic lifestyle I rarely find the time to do so.  I think this book would be a great way to find my way back to that inner quiet that I know much still be there – somewhere!

  • Csweet

    I would love to win, right now I face the most difficult time of my life.  This chance to win may be exactly what I need to find my spiritual path.  Have a beautiful and magical day!

  • Angela

    Donald’s right!  One can practice meditative mindfulness anytime and anywhere; a great way to keep balanced. 

  • Kmoyogamom

    I would love to add these tips to my daily practice… Thanks Lori for the offer :)

  • hope

    I could really use this book!!

  • Caro

    This book looks very interesting, I would love to read it.

  • Jlfarana

    having a book as yours would be well worn, well read and well loved.  for guidence, meditational purposes and to inspire me  to live the life i know, is closer to peace.

  • Cat

    I would LOVE to win a copy of One Minute Mindfulness. As a psychotherapist, I am always looking for ways to improve my life as well at those of my patients. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed!

  • Elly Gruchy

    Would love to start reading this book asap :)

  • Tracy

    Everyone can set aside a minute or two everyday.  What a great idea.

  • http://about.me/dianaantholis Diana Antholis

    I am so excited about this book. I’ve been practicing mindfulness as if recently and it is changing my life. I’ve just discovered tiny buddha as well and I love it! Thank you for this!

  • ccbdmk

    One minute is the perfect start for mindfulness.

  • joanne Dupuis62

    Tiny Buddha is wonderful!
    T

  • Shelley426

    I’m in! Hoping to win so more meditations can be added to my full life!

  • CarolynJ

    Sadly (or maybe gladly?), this book couldn’t come at a better time for me x

  • Jneen92

    Sounds interesting. Thanks for the chance.

  • Jamie Purvis

    I love to practice mindfulness, yet, just as Donald Altman describes, I get distracted in this busy, hurried world.  One minute mindfulness is an amazing concept that would go a long way in the everyday hustle and bustle of this life.  This book would do this body, spirit, and mind good!  Kudos, Daniel Altman for an great idea, and thank you for the “mindfulness” reminder!  :)

  • http://twitter.com/under_the_ink Heather Raven

    eat for peace!

  • nabihah

    I just discovered this awesome blog yesterday and I came across this giveaway contest today which happens to end tonight! I’m lucky to still get a chance to enter this giveaway :)
    Anyway, I love how the interview explained about the things that are simple yet very meaningful. You have the power to make everything positive by simply changing your mind set. One minute mindfulness will lead you to a beautiful life. That is so awesome!
    Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  • Cg79

    This is a life changing blog!  Thanks!!

  • http://www.naturalzest.com Rachel Maeroff

    Love this info. This would be perfect for me to give to my wellness clients.

  • MS

    I’ve seen for myself how one minute of mindfullness can completely change my mind.

  • Iffie

    Just discovered Tiny Buddha and it has been a true blessing in my life already. I turned 50 last Friday and my intention for the coming year is to become the best version of myself this year. This book would be a great tool to get me there.

    Peace!

  • Raina Morton

    I am so interested in this book!  Thanks for the chance!!