Aha! Spray for Psychotherapy Patients

Do you and your therapist suffer end-of-the-day burnout when it’s time for your 6:00 p.m. appointment? Have stress and compassion fatigue left you both flat? Do you get the feeling that neither of you really wants to be there? What can you do when four cups of coffee, three Red Bulls and deep yoga breathing techniques just don’t perk you up? Aha! Spray solves the problem of therapy fatigue and boredom. This pocket-sized, mind-altering aerosol spray puts the intellectual thrill and emotional depth back into therapy by instantly entering the nasal passages and accelerating the production of energetic thinking neuropeptides ... Read More
Michael HoffmanAha! Spray for Psychotherapy Patients

20 WORST EXCUSES EVER FOR NOT MEDITATING

I want to finish my "Scandal" marathon on Netflix first. It's from Satan. The Adderall makes me too jittery to sit still. The kids keep interrupting me. My husband said it's a fad. I don't believe what Anderson Cooper said about it on 60 Minutes. I've been meditating every day for three months, and I'm still not enlightened. Going to the gym makes me feel better. Health insurance doesn't cover it. Yoga's better for you, isn't it? I thought vipassana was a kind of Italian sausage. I heard you have to become a vegetarian. Let me see if cognitive-behavioral therapy ... Read More
Michael Hoffman20 WORST EXCUSES EVER FOR NOT MEDITATING

WHY MEDITATORS ARE NICE PEOPLE

The vipassana mindfulness meditators I know have mellow lives. They work hard, take care of their loved ones, keep fit, pay their bills and return my texts. They're sober, honest and take responsibility for their actions. Most of them are well educated, kind and open-minded. They have a moral value system that prevents them from doing and saying things that cause mental, physical and social anxiety. Showing kindness and compassion to themselves and others just seems to be their style.When the Buddha taught vipassana thousands of years ago...[i]t wasn't about shaving your head, wearing ochre robes and eating cruciferous vegetables. ... Read More
Michael HoffmanWHY MEDITATORS ARE NICE PEOPLE

HOW TO SAVE MONEY WATCHING THE NFL PLAYOFFS…

Guesstimate how much $$$ you'd spend on beer and junk food before/during/after each game. Before the SuperBowl, invest that total amount in the Vanguard Tax-Free California Bond Fund. Guesstimate for the SuperBowl, too. Double it, and invest again in the same fund.   About Michael HoffmanMichael Hoffman Facebook Twitter Google+Professional counselor Michael Hoffman motivates clients to overcome anxiety, depression and addiction by transforming self-limiting beliefs. His mindfulness meditation techniques help them discover new meaning in life as they grow more conscious of their psychological and spiritual potential. He is a Doctor of Addictive Disorders (Dr.AD) and a certified hypnotherapist (CHt).Share ... Read More
Michael HoffmanHOW TO SAVE MONEY WATCHING THE NFL PLAYOFFS…

SOBER BUDDHA ATTRACTS 50+ AGE CROWD, MORE MEDITATORS

Sober Buddha Counseling reports an increase in mature adult and spiritually-oriented clientele during 2014. The median age rose by 26 years. Vipassana mindfulness meditation clients increased to nearly 250%, while participation in Buddhist and Jungian depth psychotherapy increased many times over. Clinical hypnotherapy clientele tripled. The number of couples and families wanting to meditate together has also increased dramatically. Fewer current clients claim previous addictive disorders, while those in recovery report needing a deeper spiritual experience than they find in 12-Step programs. Addiction and relapse prevention clients decreased between January and November 2014. The expanded SoberBuddha.com blogsite and listings on ... Read More
Michael HoffmanSOBER BUDDHA ATTRACTS 50+ AGE CROWD, MORE MEDITATORS

BUDDHIST COUNSELING vs. WESTERN PSYCHOTHERAPY

Siddhartha Gotama, the Buddha, would be glad to see how many professional counselors actually practice authentic Vipassana or Zen meditation. He’d be even happier to see how many of them apply the principles of his Four Nobel Truths and Eight-Fold Path to share more wisdom with their clients. Buddhist counselors give clients personal experience with insight into the impermanence of all the mental and physical phenomena that drive people into treatment in the first place. If you want to get the most for your therapy time and money, you need to understand the contrasts between Buddhist counseling and traditional Western ... Read More
Michael HoffmanBUDDHIST COUNSELING vs. WESTERN PSYCHOTHERAPY

How to Do Mental Alchemy

Alchemy means to turn your relationship with a troubling person, place or thing into a positive experience. For instance, a lump of coal pressed by the earth for thousands of years changes into a diamond. Both coal and a diamond are made out of the same carbon element, but the pressure changes the form. And wouldn’t you rather own a fine diamond than a lump of coal? The pressured, anxious, and "stuck" parts of your life are just the same as the coal and the diamond. You can alchemize the pressure you feel when you have anxiety, depression, anger, fear ... Read More
Michael HoffmanHow to Do Mental Alchemy

The Monk, the Tiger and the Strawberry: A Story About Living in the Present Moment

One afternoon a devoted monk walked along a bubbling brook deep in the forest. He gathered water there every day. When he knelt to dip his bucket in the water, he heard the bushes rustle behind him. He turned and saw a huge tiger staring at him and licking his hungry lips. The monk jumped up, dropped his bucket and fled. The tiger leapt after him. The monk ran deeper into the forest than he had ever gone before. He kept running. The tiger kept chasing. The thick foliage ended at a steep cliff. The monk stopped short and looked ... Read More
Michael HoffmanThe Monk, the Tiger and the Strawberry: A Story About Living in the Present Moment

Dig One Well Deeply – Part II

More than 10 years passed as I bounced between the different meditation techniques. Some days I practiced TM; some days I tried Zen; other days I tried kriya. My confusion grew worse, so I thought maybe I would benefit by some serious academic study about these different forms. Maybe there were subtle points I was missing. I still didn’t realize that no amount of intellectual head tripping could make up for consistent meditative practice. My library was filled with powerful books like the fourth edition of Knowing and Seeing by vipassana master Pa-Auk Tawya Sayadaw, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali ... Read More
Michael HoffmanDig One Well Deeply – Part II

The Creative Genius’ Guide to Mindfulness

The pop psychologists capitalizing on the mindfulness trend all talk about meditation for stress reduction. They make a valid point, considering how many Americans take anti-anxiety and antidepressant medication. However, now is the time for something more interesting than stress reduction. Intriguing meditation news is coming from the Netherlands. The Institute for Psychological Research and the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition at Leiden University are discovering that a meditative mind, free of distracting random thoughts and obsessions, actually has lots of room for an influx of creative problem solving ideas.   Some ideas may appear as flashes of inspiration or ... Read More
Michael HoffmanThe Creative Genius’ Guide to Mindfulness