Let's create a more healthy, happy and mindful world. Shamash Alidina radio embraces engaging conversations on success, health, well-being, relationships & more.


  • How to Relax and be Happy - with Andrew Johnson

    How to Relax and be Happy - with Andrew Johnson

    09/05/2014 Duração: 46min

    This week we are joined by Andrew Johnson. Andrew has been helping individuals and groups to relax and find peace within themselves for over 18 years. He offers expertise in a range of techniques - not just mindfulness. He's most well-known for his wonderful guided audio, now avaialble in the form of mobile apps. His website is called withandrewjohnson.

  • Workplace Performance using ACT with Professor Bond

    Workplace Performance using ACT with Professor Bond

    06/09/2012 Duração: 31min

      Hello, my name is Shamash Alidina and a warm welcome back to the show. This week we’re joined by Professor Frank Bond.   Professor Bond is Director of the Institute of Management Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, here in the UK. He’s co-author of ‘Acceptance and Commitment Theory’.   He talks about his experience with using ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) to improve performance and reduce stress in the workplace. A fascinating episode. I hope you enjoy it and remember to leave a comment to let me know what you thought of the show, and if you would like more.   Also let me know who you'd like to hear interviewed next!

  • The Mystery Experience and Mindfulness

    The Mystery Experience and Mindfulness

    29/08/2012 Duração: 46min

    An interview with Stand Up Philosopher Tim Freke. The Mystery Experience is about connect with the mystery of actually being alive, and re-connecting with the reality that although we appear to be separate human being on a planet, that's not the ultimate reality. Let me know what you think of the show by emailing shamash at  Thanks!

  • Peaceful Mindful Sleep with Dr. Rubin Naiman

    Peaceful Mindful Sleep with Dr. Rubin Naiman

    22/08/2012 Duração: 50min

      Dr. Naiman is the sleep specialist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Naiman is the author of a number of groundbreaking works on sleep, including Healing Night, Healthy Sleep, The Yoga of Sleep and ToSleep ToNight. He blogs about sleep and dreams for the Huffington Post and Psychology Today. 1.    What initial got you interested in sleep? 2.    Is getting to sleep a big issue nowadays, and why? 3.    What is a mindful way to sleep? 4.    What role does meditation play in improving sleep? 5.    Can you offer a few practical tips for the listeners to help them improve the quality of their sleep?

  • Stuck in Meditation? with Dr. Steve Hickman

    Stuck in Meditation? with Dr. Steve Hickman

    15/08/2012 Duração: 44min

    Steve is director of UCSD Center for Mindfulness in California.   He is founder and director of the Center for Mindfulness, a program of clinical services, professional training, research and outreach.   Today, he talks about how to overcome common challenges with practising meditation. 

  • Google Uses Mindfulness with Mirabai Bush

    Google Uses Mindfulness with Mirabai Bush

    08/08/2012 Duração: 58min

      In this episode, Mirabai Bush talks about how to integrate mindfulness into the workplace, using her experience of creating the mindfulness programme at Google. Most people today are asked to improve performance at work with fewer resources and tighter deadlines, all while dealing with equally stressed co-workers and clients. This toxic combination leads to employee burnout and harms organizations. While people may not have control over stressors at work, mindfulness-based exercises are a scientifically proven, natural way to manage one’s responses to them. Mirabai Bush’s mindfulness trainings for the workplace are based on traditional Buddhist practices to help reduce stress, increase productivity, and encourage creative problem solving.   Mirabai is a Key Contributor to Google’s Search Inside Yourself Curriculum. She has released a new CD called Working With Mindfulness. You can get this at  Also visit for lots of resources.  

  • Wise Living through ACT with Prof. Steven Hayes

    Wise Living through ACT with Prof. Steven Hayes

    02/08/2012 Duração: 01h16min

    This week we are fortunate to have Professor Steven Hayes. He developed one of the key mindfulness-based therapies in use today, called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). He's written over 30 books and published over 300 research papers, which is very impressive. Hayes is Nevada Foundation Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada. His book, 'Get out of your Mind and into your Life' is a major bestseller and was featured in Time Magazine. When the book came out, it was the number 1 best-selling self-help book in the US.

  • The Now Effect and Mindfulness with Dr. Goldstein

    The Now Effect and Mindfulness with Dr. Goldstein

    25/07/2012 Duração: 52min

    This week we have Dr. Elisha Goldstein. Elisha is the author of the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Workbook, and more recently a book called ‘The Now Effect’. He’s in private practice in LA as a licensed Psychologist and is a speaker on the topic of Mindfulness. He has spoken alongside mindfulness teachers like Thich Nhat Hanh and Jack Kornfield and writes a lovely blog called Mindfulness and Psychotherapy. Website:  Book: On Amazon Uk here  

  • Happiness and Mindfulness with Mark Williamson

    Happiness and Mindfulness with Mark Williamson

    18/07/2012 Duração: 25min

      Hello and welcome back to my show. This week we have Mark Williamson, Director of Action for Happiness. Action for Happiness is essentially a movement for positive social change. They focus on bringing together people from all walks of life who want to play a part in creating a happier society for everyone.   Here's the questions we discussed on the show in this episode.   1. Why do you think happiness is important?   2. Can you say what you do in your work for action for happiness?   3. How has working for AfH changed your life personally?   4. Do you know any examples of how AfH has helped someone get out of depression/anxiety?   5. I know you're a fan of mindfulness. Why do you like it?   6. Could you finish with 3 practical tips to help our listeners be a bit happier?   Check out to join this wonderful movement!

  • Compassion and Meditation with Sharon Salzberg

    Compassion and Meditation with Sharon Salzberg

    11/07/2012 Duração: 43min

    Sharon Salzberg is one of America’s leading spiritual teachers and is co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Massachusetts. She played a key role in bringing Asian meditation practices to the Western world. The foundations of her teaching are the ancient Buddhist practices of vipassana (which is mindfulness) and metta (which is lovingkindness). She’s author of many excellent books including ‘loving kindness’, ‘the power of meditation’ and ‘real happiness’. In this fascinating interview, Sharon talks about how she learnt about meditation, practical ways of managing difficult emotions, the importance of loving kindness practice and a lovely story about her meeting with the Dalai Lama.

  • Mindfulness for Relapse Prevention with Dr. Richard Fields

    Mindfulness for Relapse Prevention with Dr. Richard Fields

    04/07/2012 Duração: 36min

    Welcome back to my radio show. Today we have the honour of having Dr. Richard Fields on the show. He is author of "Drugs in Perspective, "Awakening to Mindfulness" and recently edited a book called ‘A year of living mindfully”. Dr Fields has a PhD in Psychology and 30 years experience in counselling specialising in drug and alcohol relapse prevention. Dr Fields also organises FACES conferences in the USA, focusing in the field of mindfulness at the moment. Dr Fields explains: - What causes addiction - How mindfulness can help - Practical tips for managing addiction and the difficult emotions that go with it - Relapse prevention techniques He also talks about his new book on Mindfulness. You can get a copy from Amazon here  

  • Elizabeth Kuhnke on Communication Skills

    Elizabeth Kuhnke on Communication Skills

    27/06/2012 Duração: 52min

    Elizabeth Kuhnke is international conference speaker, best-selling author, and qualified coach. She is author of  'Body Language for Dummies' and 'Persuasion and Influence for Dummies' and is currently writing her third book on Communcation Skills. In this wonderful episode, we cover the following questions and we finish with Martin Luther King Jr's 'I have a dream' speech.    1. You run an organisation called Kuhnke Communication. What did you used to do before running your company?   2. Your first book was body language for dummies. Why do you think it's important to know about body language?   3. Can you give some examples of how your knowledge of body language has helped you in your own life?   4. What do you do in a typical day?   5. You mentioned to me that you're writing the book 'communication skills for dummies'. What's sort of topics do you cover in that forthcoming book?   6. Many of my listeners are interested in mindfulness. Do you know how a sense of mindfulness, or presence, can help with e

  • Professor Windy Dryden on CBT

    Professor Windy Dryden on CBT

    20/06/2012 Duração: 57min

      About Professor Dryden   Windy Dryden is one of the leading practitioners and trainers in the UK in the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) tradition of psychotherapy. He is best known for his work in Rational-Emotive Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (RECBT), a leading CBT approach.  He has been working in the field of counselling and psychotherapy since 1975 and was one of the first people in Britain to be trained in CBT.   He has published over 185 books and has trained therapists all over the world, in as diverse places as the UK, the USA, South Africa, Turkey and Israel.   He is currently Professor of Psychotherapeutic Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London.  What's on the show?    Today I talked to Windy about RECBT, his speciality. We also discussed CBT and other therapies and mindfulness. It was interesting to hear some criticisms of mindfulness from Windy, but also what he likes about the approach. We finished up with 3 top tips for increasing wellbeing and resilience.   His website is http

  • Mindful Manifesto with Ed Halliwell

    Mindful Manifesto with Ed Halliwell

    13/06/2012 Duração: 51min

      Ed Halliwell is a mindfulness teacher and writer. He is the author of the Mental Health Foundation Be Mindful Report, and writes for the Guardian newspaper on meditation and well-being. He also writes a regular blog for He teaches mindfulness to a wide range of individuals and groups in the UK, and is a faculty member at the School of Life in London. Ed is co-author of 'The Mindful Manifesto'. The book integrates the latest scientific research on mindfulness with its historical context, and explores how practising meditation can help us:   - cultivate mental well-being, and work with mental health problems such as depression and anxiety - cope with the busyness of everyday life - manage chronic pain and illness more effectively, and nurture physical well-being. - let go of unskilful behaviours and improve how we function in our relationships and jobs.   His website is   

  • Rewire Your Brain For Love with Dr. Marsha Lucas

    Rewire Your Brain For Love with Dr. Marsha Lucas

    06/06/2012 Duração: 42min

    This week, Shamash interview Dr. Marsha Lucas on her new book 'Rewire Your Brain For Love'.   Marsha Lucas, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and neuropsychologist, and has been practicing psychotherapy and studying the brain-behavior relationship for over twenty years. Prior to entering private practice, she was a neuropsychologist on the faculty at the Emory University School of Medicine.She has a special interest in the practice of mindfulness, especially in how it stimulates the brain to grow new, more integrated circuits ~ which may be at the heart of well-being, including emotional balance and resilience, enhanced relationships and friendships, and greater empathy and connectedness. To learn more about her and her work, please visit her website at

  • Dr. Daniel Siegel on Mindfulness and Wellbeing

    Dr. Daniel Siegel on Mindfulness and Wellbeing

    30/05/2012 Duração: 46min

    This is a recorded interview with Dr. Daniel Siegel on his book 'Mindsight'. Dr. Daniel Siegel is a leading Clinicial Psychiatrist and Co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA, researching and using mindfulness to help improve wellbeing through relationships and more. He has spoken with the Dalai Lama, at Google University and at TEDx.  This is the first time this interview has ever been released online. I hope you enjoy the show - its a particularly special one, worth checking out.

  • Interview with Author of Confidence For Dummies

    Interview with Author of Confidence For Dummies

    23/05/2012 Duração: 26min

    Our first guest is an author and coach, Kate Burton. She's written many books, including NLP for Dummies, Coaching with NLP for Dummies and the new, Building Self-Confidence for Dummies. Discover ways to build self-confidence from an experienced expert in the field! Shamash