journey of my original heart shadow light music

Music balances the intellectual with heart. Enjoy.


step seven

Breathing. Want a reminder of how important it is? Hold your breath for 3 minutes…if you can. Want to a reminder of how boring it can be? Try to focus on breathing for a few minutes. Because of this, focusing on it in mindfulness meditation (a significant part of Kindness for a Change) not only helps with ventral vagal connection but also highlights all the other stuff going on that we don’t pay attention to (because almost anything is more interesting than the breath). But, I digress. “I cannot breathe” is from my second album, Sometimes Good Things Happen, and the entire album was recorded during my son’s 3 years of cancer treatment. There’s a line in it: “my favorite tea is acid in my belly” – it’s true. Taylors of Harrogate Scottish Breakfast Tea. So yum. Until it wasn’t. That’s when I switched to espresso (Gaggia Classic is a totally legit espresso machine recommendation by the way). And a note about that: that little luxury every day was so important – a bit of light in a dark time. I think about that now when people criticize others for spending too much money on some small luxury when they can’t pay their rent or something like that. Those little luxuries can make us feel like there’s a life in here somewhere…at least for me.

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About Donal

Integrated Expertise

  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the best national program in his field
  • Therapist for 20 years, helping hundreds of individuals, couples, and groups learn to thrive
  • Published 20+ scientific articles related to sustainable well-being, anxiety, depression, and dysregulated behavior
  • Survived 13 years of personal suffering (3 years of child’s cancer, family implosion, and 7 years of wife’s disabling pain)
  • Member of cohousing community for 16 years
  • Studied with world experts in ecology, sustainable agriculture, and permaculture
  • Ran several political campaigns (back in the day)
  • 4 albums of original music and a new group of songs released in 2023

Time Magazine 100 Most Influential People

As a scientist, Donal worked closely with Dr. Richard Davidson, named a Time Magazine 100 Most Influential Person and known for his neuroscience work with the Dalai Lama.

Co-inventor of Proven Wellbeing Program

Donal co-invented and scientifically validated a group-based program that helped hundreds of people thrive and increase their sustainable wellbeing.