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Mindfulness, Zombies & How To Unhook Yourself From Thoughts

Mindfulness, Zombies, And How To Unhook Yourself From Thoughts – Russ Harris

Russ Harris is the author of the international bestselling self-help book entitled The Happiness Trap. Dr. Harris is a globally-renowned trainer for Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). He conducts workshops on ACT around the world and provides ACT training to thousands of health professionals, counselors, coaches, doctors and therapists. He has also authored two ACT textbooks including ACT Made Simple and four ACT-based self help books including Reality Slap.

In this interview Russ reveals why popular ideas about happiness are misleading, inaccurate, and often make us miserable. Discover the counter intuitive truth about lasting happiness and fulfilment. You’ll also learn…

  • How to untangle from unhelpful thoughts.
  • How to handle difficult emotions more skilfully.
  • The difference between cognitive fusion and cognitive defusion.

Plus as a bonus you can also experience an easy mindfulness practice to help you ‘unhook’ from unhelpful thoughts. It’s called ‘leaves on a stream’ and you’ll find this meditation audio below the video.

PS Please enjoy Russ’s epic zombie impersonation!

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153 Responses

  1. Bernadette

    Great talk Russ. Very informative and entertaining. Melli thank you so much for making this summit happen. I love your interview style, so simple yet so intelligent. You are a wonderful ad for living mindfully .

  2. Tami Hillis

    Really enjoyed the Leaves on the Stream exercise and plan to incorporate it daily into my routine to improve my ability to let go of the endless stream of thoughts which entangle me and separate me from the values I want to guide my life.

  3. Bequi Livingston

    Wonderful lessons every day! Thank you Russ Harris and ACT ….. what a wonderful program and LOVE the Zombieness …. thanks Melli for a wonderful job …. keep up the great work!…

  4. Sudha

    Really enjoyed the discussion and exercises in the interview today. I notice that I have the thought…is what I am taking away from today into my daily life. Thank you for the wonderful suggestions and insights!

  5. Rose Chan

    Really enjoyed the zombie concept and to understand it visually, it was great and funny, love the truck driver story. Fun side of things helps learning better. Thank you so my Russ and Mellie

  6. Theresa Messenger

    Really insightful approach – I love the inclusiveness element of Mindfulness that Russ speaks about and the eloquent way in which he speaks about noticing thoughts, the ability to be curious which in turn makes space to connect with our true value(s).

  7. Laura Stell

    This is the talk I needed to hear. Russ pointed out so many things that I experience and struggle with. I HATE zombies;; maybe that’s because I struggle so hard with my own zombie impulses? The ACT concept and flexibility makes so much sense, and Russ’ explanation of the three basic mindfulness processes, after leading us through the exercise of cognitive fusion and defusion, finally broke through my confusion regarding mindfulness and its benefits. Thank you both so much!

  8. Hayley Wood

    Thank you so much for this fantastic presentation. The exercise with the hands provoked a real ‘a-ha!’ moment in me, so strongly in fact that I had to pause the video for a while to reflect (and have a little cry). Thank you again and again Melli for this summit, it has been truly transformative to my mood, health and (no doubt) my future.

  9. Ben

    “From the little bit of reading I’ve done, the Buddhist scriptures make it very clear that Buddha learned mindfulness from a yogi. That’s in the original Buddhist scriptures here. In the yoga tradition, mindfulness goes back 4,000 years. There are also mindfulness practices in Judaism that are 4,000 years old. Also in Taoism, although the Taoist scriptures were written about the same time as the Buddhist scriptures, about 2,500 years ago. The Taoist teachings are thought to be about 7,000 years old. Mindfulness is ancient. I just … It’s not that it bothers me. It’s just that it’s inaccurate to say mindfulness comes from Buddhism….”

    I’m no expert either but what the Buddha said was Samma sati. right mindfulness., or wise mindfulness. He offered it with in the susinct and crystal clear framework of the eight fold path, right mindfulness being the seventh. That’s what was special about it. He offers the complete framework to use not just one part….The rest of the path is basically what the mindfulness movement is trying to get its head around. Don’t get me wrong please. I’m glad that people can reconsider developing ethics, concentration and wisdom. The world sure needs more of it all. Metta,

  10. Stacia

    I really like the notion of bringing curiosity to our thoughts–exploring what is going on with them and what we can learn from them. I have found this so helpful to me over the past few years. I do it by writing the thoughts down as they come to me or writing down emotionally charged thoughts I have had over the course of a day or days.

  11. Vijay B.

    Thank you for such a nice & inspiring summit. Mindfulness has changed my life!! I have a request for you:
    Can you please filter all the audio meditations because there is a huge amount of noise in the background and it is not very convenient to meditate. I am sure a lot of people might have felt that. I would really be grateful to you if could do this simple thing!!

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