Mindfulness is something that FamilyAffaires.com Expert Contributor, Dr. Dan Gottlieb feels he has been practicing ever since the young age of seven. Dr. Gottlieb recently presented at The Penn Program for Mindfulness at the University of Pennsylvania. In today’s video blog with FamilyAffaires.com Co-Founder Roseann Vanella he shares some of his most intimate moments from childhood on.
Dr. Gottlieb realized he was different from the rest of his family at the age of seven while out at a family dinner. Of course at that time, he didn’t understand that he was beginning to practice mindfulness but that was exactly what was happening. He considers it his first awakening.
Dr. Gottlieb takes us on the journey of his lifetime. It began when he was a child and includes having a learning disability which made him feel ashamed which then led to him being groomed and then molested by a teacher at the age of 12. Much trauma lived inside of him for a very long time. The trauma continued through his lifetime, it included his wife having cancer, his own accident, his divorce……. Through each trauma Dr. Gottlieb noticed himself as being an observer.
As he learned to observe it gave him a sense of safety. Mindfulness teaches you to observe your life with dispassion and then with passion. When we feel certain emotions we must learn to actually feel the emotions and acknowledge them. We must learn to be in the moment. Listen and watch as Dr. Gottlieb takes you through the practice of mindfulness which will help live a life of gratitude!