The Dan Leigh Show 008: Book Review – No Shortcuts to the Top

I recently read a book called No Shortcuts to the Top by mountaineer Ed Viesturs, and was blown away!

Ed is a seemingly regular guy who decided to dedicate his life to climbing the world’s tallest mountains. He has scaled all fourteen 8000 meter peaks. By the end of the book, Ed and his climbing partner Vekka were the only survivors. All of the other climbers featured prominently in the book had died in the mountains.

Why? Why did Ed survive when so many other climbers perished?

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The Dan Leigh Show 007: The Difference Between Formal and Informal Mindfulness Practice

I have gotten tremendous benefits from mindfulness practice. Mindfulness has grown in popularity in recent years, partly because of the increased stress of modern life. However, one aspect of mindfulness practice that can be confusing is the use of the terms “formal” and “informal” mindfulness practice. The short description is that formal mindfulness practice involves meditation, while informal mindfulness practice involves turning everyday activities into mindfulness practices. But, it is a bit more complicated than that!

In this episode, I clear up and confusion you might have regarding these two distinct types of mindfulness practice.

You will learn: 

• Why informal mindfulness practice is often more formal than the name implies

• Which specific types of mindfulness meditation constitute formal practice
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The Dan Leigh Show 006: The Skinny on Organic Foods

Organic foods are getting increasingly popular these days, but do you ever get confused about them? What foods should you buy organic? Are organic foods worth the extra money?

In this episode, I answer those questions and more.

You will learn:

• Why buying organic foods is putting your money in the right place

• What organic certification actually means

• Why some foods are better than organic, but do not have the certification

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The Dan Leigh Show 005: 7 Lessons I Have Learned From Starting My Own Business

Growing up, I never thought of myself as the type of person who would start a business. My father was a business professor, but none of my relatives did anything entrepreneurial. As an adult, I have found myself incredibly drawn to the freedom and creativity of working for myself.

In my early 20’s, I recorded my first album. I found myself with a business, even though I hadn’t planned it that way! I had to find people who would want to listen to my music, and I was dreadfully unprepared to be running a business.

Fast forward a little over a decade, and I find myself beginning a career as a author. I have soaked up as much business knowledge as I can over the last few years, and have experimented quite a bit. Business is all about personal growth, and so is life. As a result, I have found starting and running a business to be one of the greatest things I have ever done for myself on a personal level.

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Blog Post I Am Featured In: 19 Ways To Conquer Low Self-Esteem

I’m proud to announce that I recently contributed to a blog post by author Jordan M Ring. I was fortunate enough to become acquainted with Jordan recently when he emailed me to tell me he enjoyed my book Tame Your Anxiety. I was extremely honored by his compliment because he is a respected author himself, as well as a blogger and tastemaker.

He asked me to contribute to a blog post called “19 Ways To Conquer Low Self-Esteem,” and I jumped at the chance. Low self-esteem is a chronic problem in our culture, but it is hardly ever discussed. I have actually considered writing a book about self-esteem, and I hope I do someday. I don’t feel I’m ready to write that book yet, but it’s high on my list of book ideas.

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The Dan Leigh Show 004: The Importance of Nature for Mental Health

In the time since I released my book Tame Your Anxiety to the public, I have been a bit surprised by the feedback in one particular way. I have received compliments on the chapters on breathing, mindfulness, diet, and challenging your fears. However, I haven’t received any feedback about my chapter on nature. Nature has been one of the most important parts of my own ongoing recover from OCD, and for me it might just be the most important part.

Unfortunately, our modern culture divorces us from nature as soon as we are born. A few of us are lucky enough to have parents who fully appreciate nature, but most of us do not have that sort of upbringing. We live in houses with neatly manicured yards, and out idea of “getting out in nature” is a visit to a park with two acres of green space and a couple of trees…right in the middle of the city!

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