Ian’s Unique Approach

A daily meditation practice is the foundation of everything else. It confronts us with the two most important questions: who am I, and, what is important to me. Master this, and you will master your life. 

To master it, I’ve trained with Zen masters in monasteries, dharma teachers at retreat centers, exhausted all the apps, and read all the books. And what I’ve learned is that mindfulness isn’t some esoteric, woo-woo practice that is separate from daily life. It has everything to do with daily life. Mindfulness is simply showing up for yourself. What can be possible for you if you are willing to show up for yourself?

I developed my signature Stress Elimination: Total Transformation coaching program to help you overcome stress and anxiety through mindfulness techniques and practices so you can do just that, and create the life you want.

I currently am being certified through the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program sponsored by The Greater Good Science Center of UC Berkley, the Awareness Training Institute, and distributed by Sounds True, AND by the Health Coach Institute in Health Coaching, Life Coaching, and the Transformational Coaching Method. 

Are you ready to overcome stress and anxiety? Because I’m here to help you learn how to do it. 

I look forward to working with you.

Your first coaching session is on me.

Why Mindfulness

Mindfulness is such a buzzword. Everywhere you look, from corporate offices in Silicon Valley, to classrooms in public schools, everyone seems to be adopting meditation practice — perhaps for good reason. Neurological, psychological, and sociological studies all continue to report praises of the physical and mental health benefits of mindfulness. MRIs and brain scans are now confirming with raw data what the Buddha claimed over 2,600 years ago: the mind can be developed through consistent and intentional training, and doing so is significantly beneficial for our health and wellbeing. So much so, that words like liberation, enlightenment, and awakening are used to describe the experience of those who follow the path. 

It is no coincidence that formal mindfulness practice is exploding in popularity today, thousands of years after these practices were developed. Our modern world is more distracted and busier than ever. Twenty-four-seven connectivity, multitasking, and media keep our minds constantly jumping from one thing to another, without ever connecting to what we are doing or how we are feeling. We know that all this distraction and stress takes a toll on our well-being. 

It’s time for a Mindful Revolution. 

With regular practice, Mindfulness is known to: 

  • improve well-being – cultivates deeper feelings of kindness, gratitude, and capacity to deal with adverse events 
  • improve physical health – relieves stress, treats heart disease, lowers blood pressure, reduces chronic pain, improves sleep, and alleviates gastrointestinal difficulties. 
  • improve mental health – often turned to by psychotherapists as part of treatment for depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, couples’ conflicts, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. 

It has become increasingly common for mindfulness meditation to be combined with psychotherapy, especially cognitive behavioral therapy. This development makes good sense, since both meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy share the common goal of helping people gain perspective on irrational, maladaptive, and self-defeating thoughts. I think these benefits make mindfulness worth teaching and practicing, and my mission is to help you achieve it.