While books like The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up encourage us to take each object in our increasingly small and smaller homes up into our hands, consider its benefits and usefulness, measure the amount of pure joy we feel while gazing upon our toilet plungers, very little stock is placed on doing the same for our insides.

Emotional baggage is often derided, and looked down upon. But, as we shut away and try to hide old pains and traumas we create toxic patterns. The psychological versions of the jam-packed closet are as dangerous, if not more so than cramming one more t-shirt you’ll never wear on top of the 30 you already pass over every day.

Compassion and mindfulness expert Donald Altman takes a holistic approach to sweeping out the dust bunnies from our emotional centres. Combining modern neuroscience (he’s an adjunct professor of the Interpersonal Neurobiology program at Portland State University) and meditation, he guides readers to first identify what their baggage consists of, and how to constructively banish or transform it. Finally, as any good housekeeper does, he teaches readers to avoid harmful accumulation of emotional flotsam in the future.

one.jpegAlthough the tools Altman uses are bandied about a lot these days, he has a proven track record. His previous book, One-Minute Mindfulness (9781608680306, New World Library, 2011) sold 20,000 copies in Canada and he’s also well known for his other works The Mindfulness Code (9781577318934, New World Library, 2010), The Joy Compass (9781608822836, New World Library 2012) and Reinventing the Meal: How Mindfulness Can Help You Slow Down, Savor the Moment, and Reconnect with the Ritual of Eating (9781608821013, New World Library, 2012).

Start the new year with a healthy emotional slate to match your newly Kondoed home. Order a set of Donald Altman’s books and give readers a fresh state of mind.


Clearing Emotional Clutter by Donald Altman


New World Library

Paperback, $22.50

Available March 25, 2016

Order from PGC/Raincoast Books

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