about David Michie

David Michie

DAVID MICHIE is the internationally published author of Why Mindfulness is Better than Chocolate, Buddhism for Busy People and Hurry Up and Meditate, as well as the popular novels The Dalai Lama's Cat and The Art of Purring.

Why Mindfulness is Better than Chocolate introduces mindfulness and meditation practices. The book not only explains the many benefits, but goes well beyond ‘mindfulness lite'  to describe the truly life-altering experience than occurs when we encounter our own primordial mind directly for ourselves. Free downloads supporting the book are available here.

The Dalai Lama's Cat, 'written' by His Holiness's cat, is a warm hearted account of life with The Dalai Lama, his conversations with celebrities, and her own spirited adventures, offering a playful and intriguing peek into the world of Tibetan Buddhism. In The Art of Purring, His Holiness’s Cat explores the many ways in which Buddhism and contemporary science converge about happiness – and how we can help cultivate it.

Enlightenment to Go illuminates the world's first self-help book, an 8th century text by the Buddhist sage Shantideva, which The Dalai Lama consistently recommends for its life-changing psychological tools and transcendent wisdom.

David teaches mindfulness and meditation techniques to a wide variety of audiences and has developed guided meditations to benefit secular as well as Buddhist practitioners.

David was born in Zimbabwe, educated at Rhodes University, South Africa, and lived in London for ten years. A student of the Tibetan Buddhist Society, his teachers are Les Sheehy, Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden and Zasep Tulku Rinpoche. He is married and currently lives in Perth, Western Australia.

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Come home to yourself on Mindful Safari

  Being born in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia), both the landscapes and animals of Africa were normal, even ordinary to me when I was growing up.   We didn’t have herds of elephants wandering through the garden.  But nor did we have to drive very far out of town to see them, along with the other ‘Big Five’ game animals – lion, leopard, rhino and buffalo.

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Posted on: Aug 22, 2014

What is the business case for meditation?

  In the words of Clare Goodman, my business partner at Organisational Mindfulness most of us aren’t employed for our good looks.  We’re employed for our minds.  But how many of us consciously seek out ways to optimise our most important asset?  (For more about OM see: www.organisationalmindfulness.com) Seems pretty obvious when it’s put that way.  And organisations around the world are increasingly recognising the value of this.  If employees at all levels are highly capable of managing stress, if they benefit from above-average levels of clarity, focus and emotional resilience, if they are ultra-productive and innovative at the same time as being able to leave their egos at the door every morning, how much more effective will organisations be? I have summarised some of the physical and psychological benefits of meditation to individuals in previous blogs.

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Posted on: Aug 13, 2014

You are invited on a Mindful Safari to Africa

I am thrilled to be leading a Mindful Safari to South Africa in August 2015. Combining a warm introduction to the amazing wildlife and unforgettable vistas of Africa, with a gentle, but transformational approach to mindfulness, the safari is suitable both for newcomers as well as seasoned meditators.

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Posted on: Aug 5, 2014

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