“Nature is constantly pulling us toward the enlightened state.”
– Shinzen Young

MINDFULNESS EXPLAINED IN ELEVEN WORDS …

Using concentration, clarity and equanimity skills to make life more fulfilling.

Every moment in time is a gift; that’s why it’s called the present. In short, mindfulness helps one fill their mind with the present, instead of all the checklists, deadline, woulda – coulda – shouldas.

All Dana Point Mindfulness techniques are practical, portable and Use them in a quiet meditation room with eyes closed or wide open in a traffic jam. You can also use our handy 10-second “microhits” of mindful awareness to center yourself on the spot.

No quiet rooms, electronics, chemicals or special equipment required. Our teaching sessions can be accessed in person or connect by phone, Skype, Zoom or FaceTime from anywhere. Each session includes print and downloadable support literature.

NOTE: We teach traditional vipassana meditation and Unified Mindfulness techniques in easy-to-learn formats. We do not promote or endorse any religious beliefs.

The Dana Point Mindfulness system of meditation is researchable by science with clear terminology supported by complementary psychological counseling methods that make it useful for everyone.

The system is endorsed by the American Psychological Association and clinically-validated by the Harvard School of Medicine and the Carnegie Mellon University. Mindfulness skill training and coaching stimulate deeply-felt personal experience psychotherapy alone may not provide, while professional counseling provides the cognitive understanding and explains the nature of emotional experience. One may resonate more strongly for you than the other, but both are always available at Dana Point Mindfulness Coaching and Counseling.

Dana Point Mindfulness clients will experience six categories of personal growth:

Enjoy More – Discover new meaning and fulfillment at all levels of personal experience.
Suffer Less – Eliminate resistance to discomfort.
Authenticity – Freely express unique personal qualities.
Presence – Live in the joy of present moment reality, not in the past or future.
Self-Realization – Awaken to your psychological and spiritual potential.
Good Acts – Behave compassionately toward yourself and others.

COACHING & COUNSELING FOR THOUGHTFUL PEOPLE

COACHING & COUNSELING FOR THOUGHTFUL PEOPLE

The Dana Point Mindfulness system of meditation is researchable by science with clear terminology supported by complementary psychological counseling methods that make it useful for everyone.

The system is endorsed by the American Psychological Association and clinically-validated by the Harvard School of Medicine and the Carnegie Mellon University. Mindfulness skill training and coaching stimulate deeply-felt personal experience psychotherapy alone may not provide, while professional counseling provides the cognitive understanding and explains the nature of emotional experience. One may resonate more strongly for you than the other, but both are always available at Dana Point Mindfulness Coaching and Counseling.

Dana Point Mindfulness clients will experience six categories of personal growth:

Enjoy More – Discover new meaning and fulfillment at all levels of personal experience.
Suffer Less – Eliminate resistance to discomfort.
Authenticity – Freely express unique personal qualities.
Presence – Live in the joy of present moment reality, not in the past or future.
Self-Realization – Awaken to your psychological and spiritual potential.
Good Acts – Behave compassionately toward yourself and others.

HOW TO CREATE HAPPINESS

Happiness is a pre-existing condition.

Happiness is more than an occasional mood. It’s a systematic, practical, flexible and teachable skill endorsed by 21st-century neuroscience and world contemplative traditions including Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sufism, and Hinduism. Meditate consistently and watch mindful awareness improve your quality of life.

Three core happiness skills:

Concentration Power

Concentration Power

is the ability to focus your attention on whatever you choose. Your attention becomes so pleasantly absorbed that distractions slip away. Concentration is the perfect alternative medicine for the anxious noise of our 24/7 sound-byte world.

Sensory Clarity

Sensory Clarity

fine-tunes your brain to physical and emotional sensations you have never experienced. Like a microscope that reveals what naked eyes cannot see, clarity tracks changing details in mind-body reality. The more you see, hear and feel, the more you enjoy mindfulness.

Equanimity

Equanimity

Going with the flow of sensations without resistance reduces suffering. You enjoy pleasures without clinging to them. You allow discomforts to arise and pass away without aggravation. Equanimity prevents an inappropriate reaction to whatever happens.

RECIPE FOR HAPPINESS

HOW TO CREATE

Happiness is a pre-existing condition.

Happiness is more than an occasional mood. It’s a systematic, practical, flexible and teachable skill endorsed by 21st-century neuroscience and world contemplative traditions including Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Sufism, and Hinduism. Meditate consistently and watch mindful awareness improve your quality of life.

Three core happiness skills:

Concentration Power

Concentration Power

is the ability to focus your attention on whatever you choose. Your attention becomes so pleasantly absorbed that distractions slip away. Concentration is the perfect alternative medicine for the anxious noise of our 24/7 sound-byte world.

Sensory Clarity

Sensory Clarity

fine-tunes your brain to physical and emotional sensations you have never experienced. Like a microscope that reveals what naked eyes cannot see, clarity tracks changing details in mind-body reality. The more you see, hear and feel, the more you enjoy mindfulness.

Equanimity

Equanimity

Going with the flow of sensations without resistance reduces suffering. You enjoy pleasures without clinging to them. You allow discomforts to arise and pass away without aggravation. Equanimity prevents an inappropriate reaction to whatever happens.

RECIPE FOR HAPPINESS

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COUNSELING SERVICES

Bring your mind home

We offer psychological counseling because mindfulness often awakens a person’s curiosity about new cognitive an emotional experience.

We draw from evidenced-based clinical therapies, such as:

1) Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MBCT)
2) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
3) Jungian Active Imagination
4) Existential Counseling
5) Clinical Hypnotherapy
6) Canine-Assisted Therapy

…to treat problems like these…

Anxiety | Depression | Addiction | Grief/Loss | Life Transitions | PTSD | Conscious Aging | Relationships | Fears/Phobias | Spiritual Emergency | Obsessions | Unwanted Habits

Coaching and Counseling Options

COUNSELING SERVICES

Bring your mind home

We offer psychological counseling because mindfulness often awakens a person’s curiosity about new cognitive an emotional experience.

We draw from evidenced-based clinical therapies, such as:

1) Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MBCT)
2) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
3) Jungian Active Imagination
4) Existential Counseling
5) Clinical Hypnotherapy
6) Canine-Assisted Therapy

…to treat problems like these…

Anxiety | Depression | Addiction | Grief/Loss | Life Transitions | PTSD | Conscious Aging | Relationships | Fears/Phobias | Spiritual Emergency | Obsessions | Unwanted Habits

Coaching and Counseling Options

THE BIG 10

I’m amazed at how little people know about mindfulness. You might ask some of these questions yourself.

The happiness-seeking algorithm in your DNA says, “Yes!”

No, but I promise you will suffer less and enjoy more.

You can learn a single basic skill in a few hours, but mindfulness is like fresh air, you’ll want more.

Mindfulness doesn’t dwell on your personal history or make plans for your future. It’s about increasing fulfillment in what you see, hear and feel in the present moment.

Age 5 isn’t too early, and 100 isn’t too late.

That’s for you and your medical doctor to decide.

The best meditation is the one you’ll devote yourself to 100%. Dig one well deeply, not many that are shallow.

Discipline yourself to try it for 30 days, and if it doesn’t work, I’ll refund your anxiety.

That’s like going to WalMart for brain surgery. The only two apps I recommend are BrightMind and Insight Timer.

Refresh Your Mind Today

Feel free to fill out the contact form below or reach out directly to start your mindful journey. After your initial free consultation, we will put together a plan that fits your needs.

Contact Us

Refresh Your Mind Today

Feel free to fill out the contact form below or reach out directly to start your mindful journey. After your initial free consultation, we will put together a plan that fits your needs.

Contact Us

Message from Dr. Hoffman

Unfortunately, my high school didn’t have a Happiness 101 class, and I was a ‘60s flower child fascinated by New Age optimism. I read Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi,  drank Peruvian jungle potions, partied in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park with thousands of other hippies, repeated power mantras and once took antidepressants for a chemical imbalance I didn’t even have. I practiced Transcendental Meditation daily for 22 years but never stopped looking for next new consciousness-expanding practice. In 1992 I heard mindfulness teacher Shinzen Young on KPFK – FM radio. He said learning to focus precise attention on the flowing quantum nature of sensory experiences can lead to enlightenment. Bingo! Science, spirituality, happiness all wrapped up in mindfulness meditation without a religious hangover.

Now I teach mindfulness meditation because it’s a scientifically-valid and personally-fulfilling practice for people willing to learn. The mindful path is a marathon, not a sprint. It starts to unfold out in front of you, and the more you practice, the better it gets.

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