Robert Wright is the author of the new book, Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. Robert is the New York Times bestselling author of The Evolution of God (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), Nonzero, and The Moral Animal: Evolutionary Psychology and Everyday Life, Three Scientists and their Gods (a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award). He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the widely respected Bloggingheads.tv and has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, Time, Slate, and The New Republic. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and at Princeton University, where he also created the popular online course Buddhism and Modern Psychology.
In our culture of “get more, have more, be more,” is there any place for “good enough is good enough”? Today’s guest offers an inspiring alternative to nonstop striving, self-improvement, and self-criticism. Roger Housden is author of the new book, Dropping the Struggle: Seven Ways to Love the Life You Have. He is the author of numerous other books, including Ten Poems to Change Your Life and Ten Poems to Say Goodbye. He offers writing workshops, both live and online, with an emphasis on self-discovery and exploration.
Donald Altman is the author of Clearing Emotional Clutter: Mindfulness practices for letting go of what’s blocking your fulfillment and transformation, as well as several other books about mindfulness. He is a practicing psychotherapist and former Buddhist monk. An award-winning writer and an expert on mindful eating, he teaches in the neurobiology program at Portland State University.
Ellen Langer, Ph.D., is the author of the book Counter Clockwise: Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility, which attempts to answer the question: If we could turn back the clock psychologically, could we also turn it back physically? Dr. Langer, a social psychologist, has been described as the “mother of mindfulness” and has written extensively on the illusion of control, mindful aging, stress, and decision-making. he is the author of eleven books and more than two hundred research articles written for general and academic readers on mindfulness for over 35 years.
Sarahjoy Marsh is the author of the new book Hunger Hope and Healing: A Yoga Approach to Reclaiming Your Relationship to Your Body and Food. Sarahjoy is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist, and she has an MA in transpersonal counseling and art therapy. Committed to bridging yoga, psychotherapy, and social justice, Marsh founded the DAYA Foundation, a nonprofit yoga therapy center known for its integrated approach to yoga, mindfulness, and recovery.
Ethan Nichtern is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and the author of the new book, The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path. Do you feel at home right now? Or do you sense a hovering anxiety or uncertainty, an underlying unease that makes you feel just a bit uncomfortable, a bit distracted and disconnected from those around you?
This Pathways show investigates the journey each of us takes to find where we belong.
Thupten Jinpa, PhD, is the author of the new book A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives. The Buddhist practice of mindfulness caught on in the West when we began to understand the everyday, personal benefits it brought us. Now the highly acclaimed thought leader and longtime English translator of His Holiness the Dalai Lama talks about how compassion can bring us even more.
Our guest today on Pathways is DDnard, author of the new book The Compass of Now. At the age of 25, she started her own diamond business and by the age of 27 she lost her husband and was left with her 11-mo old baby and a $3 million debt. Her hardships inspired her to dive into the practice of mindfulness meditation and eventually pay off all her debt. Her profound transformation led to this book, which has sold more than 1.4 million copies in her native Thailand. DDnard is a licensed Master Trainer of NLP and a licensed Hypnosis Master Trainer of the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH). She has spent the past 18 years teaching mindfulness and Mind Management.
Donald Altman is author of the new book, The Joy Compass: 8 ways to find lasting happiness, gratitude & optimism in the present moment. Donald is a practicing psychotherapist, an award-winning writer, former Buddhist monk, the vice president of The Center for Mindful Eating (TCME.org), and an adjunct professor at Portland State University and Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. The author of One-Minute Mindfulness, The Mindfulness Code, and other books, Altman leads workshops around the country on mindful living and mindful eating. He lives in Portland, OR.