David Mochel
Dave Mochel is a coach and consultant who provides individuals and organizations with life-changing tools to increase well-being and effectiveness. He teaches research-based and time-tested practices and principles for living and working with awareness, compassion, and purpose.

Raised on a farm in New York State, Dave grew up wrestling with profound anxiety. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Williams College, Dave received his Masters degree in Multicultural and Humanistic Education from SUNY New Paltz. A clinical internship in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center led to a two decade study of enduring wisdom and science related to human flourishing. He now feels deep gratitude for the anxiety that pushed him to find ways to relate to life kindly and joyfully.

Dave offers presentations, in-services, retreats, seminars, and ongoing consultation, as well as individual coaching.

Entries by David Mochel

Awareness, Compassion, and Purpose: The Key Ingredients for Unconditional Wellbeing

(0) Comments | Posted 9 November 2015 | (19:55)

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No matter what their circumstances, human beings have a remarkable ability to flourish or suffer. After 25 years of study, teaching, and coaching based on enduring wisdom and modern research related to wellbeing, I have found that certain themes just keep...

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Why "Do You Meditate?" Is the Wrong Question

(0) Comments | Posted 11 October 2015 | (05:35)


Do you meditate? This question seems to be all the rage in popular media, and it is rapidly becoming a point of prestige among the high earning, high performing, corporate tech crowd. I have nothing against mediation - I do it regularly. However,...

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Stop Chasing Well-Being and Start Practicing It

(0) Comments | Posted 8 September 2015 | (20:53)

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Everyone wants to experience well-being. Everyone desires the life that is promised in the storybooks and the car commercials. And we are good at chasing after it. We push hard to make it all work so that...

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How Mindfulness Can Stop the Spinning

(0) Comments | Posted 2 July 2015 | (07:09)

As human beings we have a tremendous capacity to respond positively and purposefully in the face of challenge. We have the ability to act on our goals and commitments even when we don't feel like it. As a society, we have an unprecedented capacity to feed, clothe, educate, provide healthcare,...

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Want to Relate Well With Others? Remember That All Reality Is Virtual

(0) Comments | Posted 24 June 2015 | (00:06)


Here are two fundamental challenges of being human and relating to others:
1. When we believe that we experience objective reality, we logically assume that people who see things differently are wrong.
2. When we believe that the world around us...

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I Want to Increase the Net Well-Being in the World. Who's With Me?

(3) Comments | Posted 22 April 2015 | (05:34)

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Seriously. I want to increase the net well-being in the world. When I ask myself the question "What's the point?," I think about the end game - not one of us is going to live forever, and no amount...

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Are You as Happy as You Want to Be? Eight Great Choices That Make a Huge Difference

(0) Comments | Posted 15 March 2015 | (06:30)

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Look around you. Everything you can see, hear, touch, smell, or taste is a product of activity in your brain. Every sensation, thought, and feeling you experience is generated by your nervous system. The processing needed to create...

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The Real Secret of Self-Control

(0) Comments | Posted 6 March 2015 | (19:43)

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As I write this I am looking outside and feeling the desire to enjoy the sunshine rather than sit at my computer. In an alternate universe I could be outside enjoying the sun and looking back through the window...

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Simple Wisdom: Don't Complain About What You Have Chosen

(0) Comments | Posted 19 February 2015 | (22:53)

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Every summer I travel to Japan to teach a mindfulness-based leadership program at a school that is about an hour by bullet train from Tokyo. The setting is fantastic - at the foot of Mount Asama - the most...

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Want to be Happy and Unstoppable? Work with Discomfort.

(0) Comments | Posted 31 January 2015 | (02:21)

After studying and teaching the science and practice of well-being, leadership, and expert performance for twenty-five years, and in my work with executives, athletes, adventurers, educators, activists, parents, and students from all over the world, one thing has become crystal clear to me: the secret to a remarkable life lies...

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Anger, Fear, Stress, Anxiety, Cravings? Try Self-Compassion

(0) Comments | Posted 7 January 2015 | (15:17)

Imagine you are walking by a construction zone and you see a worker pounding on a nail with his fist.
"That looks painful," you observe.
"Yeah. It's really painful," he responds.
"And it doesn't really look like it's...

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Welcome! The Incredible Power of Acceptance

(0) Comments | Posted 2 January 2015 | (06:07)

The start of the New Year is fascinating to me because it can be a time of great joy and a time of great anxiety. While the opportunity to be surrounded by family and friends can intensify a sense of connection for...

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Read This if You Are Tired of Procrastinating

(0) Comments | Posted 4 December 2014 | (23:00)


If you love procrastinating...if you wear your procrastination like a badge of honour...if you revel in your war stories about how you left it all to the last minute and then pulled it out of the fire with a flourish...then this...

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Are You Leading (and Living) From the Most Useful Part of Your Brain?

(0) Comments | Posted 22 November 2014 | (23:57)

There you are in another meeting or conversation where people are once again pointing out what is wrong. This is a favorite pastime for human beings. We identify what is wrong with others, what is wrong with ourselves, what is wrong with...

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Reach Your Potential and Be Happy? Be Mindful of These Two Beliefs?

(0) Comments | Posted 19 November 2014 | (17:49)

Today is the big day. Today is the day that you are going to start exercising, quit procrastinating, finish that big project, make that crucial phone call, and begin living the life you were meant to live. It's just that the excitement you felt about all of this yesterday is...

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How to Change the World 10 Seconds at a Time - and How Your Brain Tells You Not To

(0) Comments | Posted 28 October 2014 | (17:10)

You are an explorer

You are looking for something. A way to make a difference, to create meaningful relationships, and a to enjoy a quality of experience that you believe is possible even though it seems elusive. However, there is a gap between what is most important to you and...

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The Practice of Happiness

(0) Comments | Posted 14 October 2014 | (16:59)


Stand up straight. Smile. Say hello to strangers. Do something kind. Appreciate experiences, not stuff. Say thank you. Set clear, concrete goals. Pay attention to the small daily pleasures. If this sounds like advice your grandmother might give you -she would be right...

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A School Intervention Proven to Improve Performance, Intelligence, and Self-control?

(0) Comments | Posted 10 October 2014 | (16:10)

If you knew of a method to help students improve their grades, their self-discipline, their focus, and their ability to manage stress, would you consider offering it in schools? If the side effects included stronger interpersonal relationships and increased intelligence, would you still consider it? What if such a method...

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What Are We Missing?

(0) Comments | Posted 22 September 2014 | (04:59)

So, the excitement in my life right now is that I have cancer. It is very treatable, and a short course of chemotherapy is highly likely to put it into remission. Even so, I would not voluntarily choose this for myself or anyone else. The path to discovering my cancer...

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Mindfulness and Kindness Are Good Medicine

(0) Comments | Posted 4 September 2014 | (09:49)

I have been sitting in a hospital bed in an isolation room for the last five days. I came in with a nasty case of pneumonia and an unexplained low white blood cell count. Visitors to my room need to wear a gown and a mask. My blood has been...

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