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There is no question that during our lifetime we will inevitably experience times of crisis and ultimately loss. Many of us feel powerless over the anxiety and confusion that arises during these times. According to Ronald Alexander, we are actually not powerless over the impact of crisis; we can transform during these times to find more strength, more awareness, and more creativity in our lives through the practice of mindfulness. This practice was first taught by the Buddha more than 2400 years ago. Alexander suggests that we should “pay attention to our breath in each and every moment… mindfulness was not just something to do on a meditation cushion, but mindfulness is something to work with and apply when we are making tea, farming a field, or when we’re working on our iPad.” He shares his three-part process of bringing more mindfulness into our lives: letting go, tuning in, taking action. He gives concrete examples of highly creative people who use this process. Part of the process is calling a wisdom council of support. These may be people you know, people you admire, even people who have passed away, as he helps us see how to mine the core gold of our innate creativity. (hosted by Glen Sebera)
Ronald Alexander, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist, leadership consultant and clinical trainer. He is the director of the Open Mind Training Institute in Santa Monica, an organization that offers personal and professional training programs on integrative mind/body therapies that combine the wisdom teachings of the East with positive psychology and creative thinking. He’s a pioneer in the field of somatic psychotherapy, holistic psychology, and leadership coaching, He’s a long time extension faculty member of the UCLA departments of Humanities, Social Science and Entertainment and an adjunct faculty member at Pepperdine University.
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To learn more about the work of Ronald Alexander, Ph.D. go to www.ronaldalexander.com.
Host: Glen Sebera Interview Date: 12/7/2012 Program Number: 3458
From Album: Intervention Artist: Helen Jane Long 2012 BLlE Music Records #9790900213570
Opening Essay: Track 01 Intervention Music Break 1: Track 02 Free Music Break 2: Track 06 Fountain Music Break 3: Track 03 Willow
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