By Kristen Manieri

A Mindful Life with Aria Campbell-Danesh and Seth J. Gillihan

This week I am joined by two guests, Aria Campbell-Danesh and Seth J. Gillihan, co-authors of A Mindful Year: 365 Ways to Find Connection and the Sacred in Everyday Life.

Aria Campbell-Danesh is an expert in the psychology of behavior change and long-term health. ​As a high-performance psychologist and mindfulness specialist, he believes that our minds are the most powerful tool we have to build long-lasting emotional resilience and physical health.

Seth J. Gillihan, PhD is a licensed psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He’s also the host of Think Be Act podcast.

Seth and Aria’s book, A Mindful Year, as well as this conversation, are simply an invitation to start a new pattern of making space for mindful reflection to reconnect with what is most important to us, each day, and how we come home to ourselves to do the inner contemplative work that matters so much, now more than ever.

If you’d like to learn more about Aria Campbell-Danesh and his offerings, visit www.dr-aria.com.
You can connect with Seth, learn about his books, services and his podcast at sethgillihan.com.

And you can find A Mindful Year: 365 Ways to Find Connection and the Sacred in Everyday Life wherever you purchase books.


  1. Insight alone is insufficient for actual change, as Seth shared. We can use our spiritual growth in a very pragmatic and practical way to affect change in our lives, and that’s driven from taking action. Insight spurs change. Mindfulness is meant to cause transformation.
  2. We get many second chances in life, as long as we see them. Sometimes even experiences that bring us sadness or disorder open new doors and give us new insights.
  3. If we’re truly honest, we can see that we have very little control of our life on the outside. But as Aria shares in our interview, we actually have much more internal control than we usually recognize. When we become present to our ability to guide our thoughts and steer our emotions, we gain so much more choice in how we respond to what’s happening in our outer world.
  4. I loved the idea of creating a practice of writing contemplations on living and life to a friend, like a spiritual pen pal. Consider who you might invite to join you in this reflective exchange.
  5. And finally, curiosity and trust are so integral in our mindful journey. Seth and Aria’s book, A Mindful Year, reminds us to stay in the process of our personal evolution but also to do so with a spirit of wonder and faith.


Until next time, stay well out there.

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