What is Mindfulness Training? – A Powerful Tool for Brain Optimization

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Mindfulness

Don’t just do something, sit there!

What is mindfulness coaching?

Peak Brain’s mindfulness coaching programs help you to develop a sustained practice of attention so you can be more present, more at peace, and more resilient to the demands of the world around you.

Plus, when pairing mindfulness meditation with neurofeedback, the effects of both compound!

Our mindfulness coaches want to help you to know yourself, to understand your brain, and to be able to take that perspective into action.

Above all else, we want to provide you agency and insight.

Explore our mindfulness programs or take advantage of the included mindfulness coaching in every brain training membership.

Our mindfulness coaches are available for individual consultations to develop customized programs for you or for ongoing 1:1 mindfulness coaching!

In-person and online group mindfulness sessions are included with every membership.

Find a free simple mindfulness practice at the bottom of this page!

New Client Interest Form, Step 1, peakbraininstitute.com mindfulness program (#32)

What can mindfulness do for you?

Get in touch to get mentoring on your practice.

Fill out the form and we will direct you to programs and pricing for Peak Brain Mindfulness Coaching

Meet our mindfulness coaches!

Ian Hoge, LMFT
Mindfulness Coach

Ian has been working with Peak Brain clients since we opened, and hosts our long-running Monday Night Mindfulness group that is offered via zoom, and free to free to attend.

Ian is an LMFT therapist in Santa Monica, using techniques of Brainspotting and Mindfulness and also available to Peak Brain clients for 1:1 Mindfulness Coaching sessions for our clients in any location.

Samantha Snowden
Mindfulness Coach

Sam has been working with Peak Brain clients since we opened (also!), and hosts the Tuesday night in-person mindfulness group in Culver City.

Sam and the teachers from HeadSpace rotate that group hosting. Sam is available for 1:1 Mindfulness Coaching sessions remotely via zoom or in person (Culver)

Heather Prete
Mindfulness Coach

Heather has been working with Peak Brain clients for many years, and currently hosts a Sunday afternoon mindfulness group in our Culver City location.

Heather is available for 1:1 Mindfulness Coaching sessions, remotely via zoom or in person (Culver)

Žaneta Mairingerová
Mindfulness Coach

Žaneta is a children’s mindfulness facilitator dedicated to serving and supporting children as they grow into their full expression, and nurturing their connection to their loved ones, their environment, and themselves.

In a safe container where every child’s input is welcome and valued, Žaneta incorporates games, art, food, stuffed animals, music, and storytelling to engage Kid Brains. She is available for 1:1 Mindfulness Coaching sessions, remotely via zoom and in person in our Southern California offices

Explore our brain training programs

All of our programs are designed to keep you in control—providing agency and understanding— so you can get to know your brain and set the goals you want to get the brain you need.

QEEG Brain Mapping

Learn what makes you, you
Learn how to interpret your brain data and gain invaluable insights about your cognitive make up!

INCLUDES:

  • Unlimited brain maps for one year
  • 2 Functional neuroscience consultations
  • Access to group mindfulness sessions

Neurofeedback

Train your brain to build lasting cognitive rhythms
With programs ranging from six weeks to six months, explore the power of your own brain and create shifts in your mental make-up

INCLUDES:

  • Personalized brain training protocols
  • QEEG Brain Mapping Membership
  • Individual mindfulness coaching sessions, brain coaching sessions, and more!

Mindfulness Coaching

Connect with yourself and promote healing
Work with our incredible mindfulness coaches and take strides toward health, healing, and greater awareness

INCLUDES:

  • A personal one-on-one mindfulness coach
  • Access to our remote and in-office group mindfulness classes

Learn About Brain Mapping
Learn About Neurofeedback
Mindfulness 1:1 Coaching & Groups!

 

Peak Brain’s group of Brain and Mindfulness Coaches have been providing services to clients for over a decade!

We have refined the process of optimizing brain performance.

Clients can work with Peak Brain in our local office programs (Los Angeles, Orange County, St. Louis, New York) or worldwide through our Remote program and international offices in London and Stockholm.

Train your brain at Home with our Remote programs, at Peak Brain offices, or with one of our Partners!

A simple meditation practice

from our founder and director, Dr. Andrew Hill PhD

Why meditation is worth doing

Beginning with a single point, meditation can stabilize and strengthen attention.

Moving into a present-time awareness, can bring flexibility to attention, and help develop a sense of equanimity.

Together they can result in insightful awareness, arising from a place of calm, stable attention.

when to meditate

If you have only 20 minutes a day to meditate, do it in the morning.

If you have only an hour, then meditate 30 minutes in morning and evening.

And if you don’t have time to meditate, you probably need to meditate for two hours.

Before we start:

  1. This is a practice; effects emerge gradually.
  2. Try to release judgement of your progress.
  3. Observe what happens with a sense of curiosity.

Okay, here is how to meditate!

This works best as a day-starter, done with regularity. Try it for ten days. Get a timer app for your mobile device – there are many available for meditation (I prefer this one).

Set your timer for 20 minutes, and play “bells” or chimes. Three chimes at the beginning, one at five minutes, and three at the end. Sit upright, comfortably, and balanced. Sit in a posture you can maintain without strain. Ideally, sit without resting your back on any surface.

Use the bells to shift your attention.

When they begin to sound, place your attention on the sound, and allow your eyes to close. Hold your attention through the duration of each sound.

Notice it and whatever aspects of it there are to perceive (rising and falling volume, for instance).

Try to notice the very last moment of each tone…
Notice the small moment that transitions from sound to silence.


After the first 3 bells, do a Single Point Awareness practice (5 min):

  1. Place your attention on the sensation of breath crossing the upper lip as you breathe in and out- just that one spot and sensation.
  2. When the single bell sounds, shift your attention to it. Notice the sound rising, falling…and its last moment.

When the single bell ends, begin a Present Time Awareness practice (15 min):

  1. Place your attention on the sensation of breath, rising and falling in the belly and body.
  2. Consider the classic instruction:

– When you are breathing in, know you are breathing in.

– When you are breathing out, know you are breathing out.

For both single-point and present-time awareness, the goal is not to have a “blank mind”, but instead to hold an object of attention within the type of focus you have chosen to maintain.

The object of this focus is often “the breath” but can be a spot of color, a concept, a tone or sound, or even a single element among many (try following a single instrument or voice in orchestral music).
For any type of meditation object and focus, begin by attending to that object or sensation. Since you have a mind, it will drift.


When you notice that you are no longer attending to the object and inevitably find yourself remembering, dreaming, fantasizing, thinking, planning, fretting, taking mental notes… redirect your attention back to the object of the meditation.

The cycle of (notice > redirect) is the key to this type of meditation.


Practice makes perfect is imperfect, but it’s all that matters.

The practice of meditation or mindfulness develops resources. Each distraction is an opportunity to practice.

Bonus Tips:

To add variety, or help quiet a busy mind, you can add a strategy of noting, or labeling. To help the mind move on from a stimulus, it can be useful to observe the feeling-tone of the moment you are in (comfortable, anxious, sad, restless, calm, mixed, etc) or the quality of the distracting thoughts (planning.. thinking.. remembering..) and then let it go and return your attention to the object of the meditation.

For exmple
“planning”.. not now.. –> focus on the breath .. .. ..
“daydreaming” -> not right now -> breath .. .. .. ..

New Client Interest Form, Step 1, peakbraininstitute.com mindfulness program (#32)

What can mindfulness do for you?

Get in touch to get mentoring on your practice.

Fill out the form and we will direct you to programs and pricing for Peak Brain Mindfulness Coaching
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