Spotlight: How Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence Are Crucial to Living Well

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We are constantly bombarded with opportunities to distract ourselves from truly living in the present moment. In this bewilderment of diversions we often find ourselves in a state of worry and stress. Specially selected from the New Dimensions archive of programs, these MP3 downloads from four wisdom leaders highlight practical ways to bring our minds back to the moment that is rich with meaning and wonder.


Daniel GolemanAppreciating Emotional Intelligence
with Daniel Goleman, Ph.D.

Program 2548
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Intelligence is more than IQ. Goleman demonstrates how our view of human intelligence is far too narrow and does not take into consideration what he calls “emotional intelligence.” This dialogue provides solid advice about handling the pitfalls of emotionality and expands our understanding of how we learn. Read more »


Jon Kabat ZinnFalling Awake
with Jon Kabat-Zinn

Program 2436
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Kabat-Zinn has decades of experience in the effectiveness of meditative techniques for chronic stress and pain conditions as well as simple daily annoyances. Here he looks at the relevance of mindfulness and meditation, and reminds us that paying attention to the moment gives us meaning, wonder, and joy in life. He says, “[W]e are actually starving for mindfulness.” Read more »


Rick HansonA Brain That Knows How To Be Happy
with Rick Hanson, Ph.D. 

Program 3336
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Hanson reminds us that we have enormous power, not only to change our frame of mind but also to physically alter our body and even the structure of our brain by taking charge of our thoughts. Learn to retrain your brain from its default position of suffering. Hanson is the author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence. Read more »


Zachiah MurrayWatering The Seeds Of Mindfulness
with Zachiah Murray

Program 3461
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Murray inspires us to take our mindfulness practice into our garden, whether it be in pots on our patio or plots in our backyards. You’ll want to learn the language of the land, understand the wisdom of the weeds, and home in on the blessings of compost with this sweet conversation. Hear her tale of her blindfolded walkabout in the New Zealand bush. Read more »