Inspiring Life Through Mindfulness
Just because we want to be present in our life, does not mean we have the capacity to do so. Mindfulness is both a state of being and a practice. Without a consistent mindfulness practice, our ability to be present will be limited.
Traditional Mindfulness was based in three higher teachings: Wisdom, Ethics and Concentration. Together, they help one to live with attention and intention cultivating a fulfilling, meaningful and purposeful life.
Though I aim to keep my services secular, I offer comprehensive mindfulness instruction which includes these traditional three higher teachings.
Being insightfully present with a clear understanding of our values promotes intentional living fostering genuine happiness.
"As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives."
Wilfred Arlan Peterson
I offer many different talks, workshops, events and courses of varying lengths and intensities. Below you will find programs ranging from one-hour presentations to intensive year-long courses.
Course and Facilitation Testimonials
"Dan's Mindfulness Meditation Turn It Over Workshop was a welcome retreat from my head down/elbows flying life. It gave us all a rich opportunity to pause and consider how we might practice mindfulness in our days in order to quiet the cacophony around us and inside our own heads, and to care for ourselves in ways that are bound to ripple out from our lives as care for others and the planet. Dan created a safe container in which to do this deep work. He nourished us on all levels, including a delicious and nutritious meal and lots of healthy snacks throughout our time together. We had ample opportunity to meditate, reflect on our experiences, and interact with each other. The pace was perfect--just the right amount of information was presented with plenty of time to absorb, practice, and integrate it. I have left similar workshops in the past with a feeling of overwhelm and hopelessness for my own ability to actually change my behaviors and my life. I left Dan's workshop inspired, replenished, and hopeful about my ability to be more present in my life, with a handful of very clear and useful tools with which to do the work of change. Wonderful."
~ Mary D. Aug 2018
"Dan is a great teacher and listener. The course helped me improve my mindfulness in meaningful ways. I will be taking it again."
~ Paul D. May 2019
"Dan’s mindfulness class proved to be well worth my time. The material on learning how to keep our actions in line with our values and learning how to do the breath-focused mindful meditation really helped me solidify things I have been working on for several years. I haven’t previously spent much time zeroing in on what my values are, and the exercises really brought me quite a bit of insight. As to the breath meditation—learning to set thoughts aside and focusing on the breath instead—helped me to be able to set aside negative thoughts that arise while I’m working. This enables me to focus on the task at hand rather than how much I’d rather be doing something else! There is much more to the course than what I mention here, and I will keep exploring and developing the concepts into my life. Dan is a wonderful, compassionate teacher and very accepting of people from all walks of life. I highly recommend Dan’s course!"
~ Terri T. Oct 2019
"Dan is a steady, reliable, inspired guide into the realms of mindfulness. He is organized, clean, encouraging and a beacon who clearly practices these simple techniques himself. Grateful Grateful."
~ D. D. May 2019
Presentations & Public Talks
My presentations are typically one to two hours in length and may precede an upcoming event. I am, nevertheless, always excited to have the opportunity to speak on a variety of Mindfulness topics:
Mindfulness in Recovery
The Four Keys of Mindfulness are: Attention, Values, Wisdom and an Open Heart. This content underlies all the courses, events, workshops and coaching services I offer.
Just because we know it's important to be present in our life does not suggest that we have the capacity to do so. We can improve our Attention through the practice of Meditation.
The present moment is where we make our decisions. If we are not clear about what's important to us, how can we make informed decisions based on our Values?
If we are to overcome discontent and suffering, we must look inward and investigate our personal biases, misperceptions, motivations and understand how emotions influence our interactions and relationships to gain personal Wisdom.
Living with an Open Heart is easier said than done. When we can accept and understand the nature of our absolute interdependence and inseparability, we increase our ability to be compassionate and are able to cultivate more meaningful, intimate relationships.
Mindfulness Foundations Course
Introductions and overview of course
Following introductions, I introduce the Four Keys of Mindfulness and how they help us cultivate mental and emotional balance.
Attention and Happiness
The focus on the first key of mindfulness – Attention. We discuss why attentiveness is invaluable and how meditation fosters present moment awareness. We'll distinguish between stimulus driven pleasure and genuine happiness.
Attention and Values
This week we continue discussing Attention and introduce the second key – Values. We look deeper into mediation and its benefits and additionally examine the role of values and how they contribute to our flourishing.
Values and Wisdom
In the fourth week we continue with Values and introduce the third key; Wisdom. In the second half, we investigate how we try to predict happiness and examine how our expectations influence our perspectives.
Continue with Wisdom
In this session we discuss perceptions and motivations and how they create suffering. We find an antidote to this suffering through a Mindfulness practice.
Continue with Wisdom
This week we examine how a limited lack of perspective leads to harmful and inaccurate judgments. We also discuss the pervasive effects of emotions and how they negatively influence our decisions.
Wisdom and Open Heart
This session is dedicated to Relationships. We discuss how a Mindfulness practice fosters positive mental states and also introduce four attitudes which promote a rich and meaningful life.
Cultivating an Open Heart
Focus is on inseparability and connection. We explore our personal roles and reflect on how the Four Keys of Mindfulness helps us to live meaningful and purposeful lives, with attention and intention.
In addition to offering access to relief from stress, the Mindful Life Program’s Mindfulness Foundations Course combines meditation training with practical, accessible and universal tools that empower you to cultivate a more purposeful and meaningful life. The Foundations Course is an intensive mindfulness program that integrates four key areas of mindfulness: Attention, Values, Wisdom and an Open Heart. Through the use of these four keys of mindfulness, we offer skills that help you to live in alignment with your values, with wisdom, clarity and an open heart cultivating inner peace and lasting genuine happiness. You can read more about the Mindful Life Program and all they have to offer on their website: www.mindfullifeprogram.org
The inspiring 20 hour Mindful Life Program's Mindfulness Foundations Course is offered in Australia, Canada and throughout the United States.
Current Course Offerings
Investment: $350.00 | $175.00 Students
This courseis being offered through the
Contemplative Studies Initiative
at Oregon State University
Please follow the link to register:
Scholarships and Payment Plans are available.
No-one will be turned away for lack of funds!
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20 Hours of Comprehensive Mindfulness Training
Course Companion Journal
Book: The Wisdom of a Meaningful Life
by John Bruna
Three Months Membership to the Mindful Life Community
Oregon State University campus
Exact location to be
Eight Week Course:
Tuesdays: April 14 - June 2
6:00 - 8:30 pm
Two, Eight-Week Opportunities
"The only thing that separates the person you are, from the person you want to be, are the actions you take."
A YEAR OF MINDFULNESS
Online Personal Development Course
Over this next year, your life is going to change. Your life can change insignificantly through habitual choices, or, you can enhance your life in meaningful ways by learning how to live intentionally through a comprehensive Mindfulness practice.
Or, maybe you already have a Mindfulness practice and have become frustrated with trying to maintain your commitment to yourself. Do you set an intention to meditate daily yet frequently find that it has fallen to the wayside? Do you keep making the same mistakes? Do you want more from your Mindfulness practice - you see it, but you can't quite reach it?
This year-long Mindfulness Online Course is designed so that you can do it from the comfort of your own home. If you are passionate about establishing a comprehensive daily Mindfulness practice, this is for you! Using the tools and skills found in the Mindfulness Foundations Course and my personal Mindfulness practice, I designed this program to provide you with the time, tools, skills and coaching support making it possible to maintain a consistent daily practice.
For a fraction of the cost of most year-long personal development course, you will learn to: live with less stress and tension; improve on making intentional choices based on your values; see with more clarity and truly understand the source of your suffering and happiness; help you loosen the grip of overpowering emotions, better understand your biases and live with a more open, loving and compassionate heart.
It takes time, patience and practice to develop healthy habits. This is your opportunity!
What's included in the personal investment:
Each week (or bi-weekly depending on subject), you'll receive a manageable assignment with detailed instructions which fall under a monthly Mindfulness topic.
You can expect occasional reading and/or video assignments to supplement practical exercises.
We will meet monthly as a group online
You will receive bi-weekly 50-minute personal coaching sessions. These sessions alone are worth the investment!
Unlimited email contact for clarification between meetings.
Two, day-long silent meditation retreats during the course of the year.*
An optional three-day residential retreat to celebrate your new Mindful Life.**
*Transportation is not included.
**There is an additional cost of $175.00 and transportation to the retreat is not included.
Multi-family member and hardship discounts available
$65.00 per month
Get a month FREE by paying up front:
Values - During this first month we will explore our current habits and define our values.
Relaxation - Here we will get more in touch with our body, noticing our tension areas, stress triggers and practice relaxation.
Attention - Meditation and Mindfulness exercises.
Happiness - Explore the different sources of happiness and common misperceptions.
Motivations - Develop a better understanding of what drives you and work towards value driven motivations.
Perceptions - This month we'll explore three types of misperceptions and how they create suffering.
Wisdom (Insight) - Gain wisdom with ourselves by critically looking at our own biases, labels and judgments.
Emotions - Develop equanimity through understanding our attachments and aversions.
Relationships - Embracing our inseparability and interdependence upon one another to cultivate healthy and meaningful relationships.
Compassion - Understand what it means to live a compassionate life and put it into action.
Loving-Kindness - We will spend this month putting our love into action.
Values - Time to re-evaluate and assess our progress.