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David Mochel

Well-being Coach and Consultant. CEO at Applied Attention

My goal is to increase well-being in the world. Using modern research and enduring wisdom, I offer principles and practices to create peaceful and powerful lives, relationships, and cultures. For more than twenty years I taught courses in well-being, leadership, and neuroscience. I left traditional classroom teaching to found Applied Attention Coaching and Consulting. I now get to work all over the world with individuals, couples, teams, and organizations as a coach, presenter, trainer, and consultant. I offer individual coaching and well as keynote speaking, in-services, retreats, seminars, and ongoing consultation.

Why "Do You Meditate?" Is the Wrong Question

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, I still think that "do you meditate?" is not the most helpful question.
12/10/2015 11:57 BST

Stop Chasing Well-Being and Start Practicing It

Each morning we wake up with the opportunity to practice well-being. There is nothing to wait for, nothing to chase after. We can, in this moment, bring our attention to what matters most, and then we can take action on behalf of that. We can dive into the miracle of existence over and over.
09/09/2015 12:16 BST

How Mindfulness Can Stop the Spinning

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.
02/07/2015 10:56 BST

The Real Secret of Self-Control

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 feeling that I should be working.
10/03/2015 11:16 GMT

Want to be Happy and Unstoppable? Work with Discomfort.

There is an easy exercise to uncover the kind of subtle discomfort that can be influential in your life - especially when you are unaware of it. Without thinking about it, clasp your hands together with fingers intertwined. See which thumb is on top. This is how you always do it - it is comfortable.
02/02/2015 11:08 GMT

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

You have probably imagined what would be possible if you did not feel fear, anger, stress, anxiety, or cravings. You have probably thought about the things you could achieve, the peace and energy you could have, and all the ways you could connect and contribute.
08/01/2015 09:50 GMT

Welcome! The Incredible Power of Acceptance

The more I practice being accepting of my own anxiety and discomfort, the less frequently and intensely it occurs. While this is a pleasant side effect, this is not the point. As soon as we use acceptance as a strategy to get rid of something, then it is no longer acceptance
05/01/2015 13:47 GMT

Read This if You Are Tired of Procrastinating

Each time you engage in a habitual behaviour, you are rewarded with a small amount of a brain chemical called dopamine. This chemical produces the internal experience of "this is how it is supposed to be." The more you do something, the more likely it is to become an unconscious habit.
04/12/2014 20:40 GMT

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

The skill of dropping a ruminative cycle about what is wrong and putting attention on what is possible and what works is invaluable in any circumstance. When it comes to taking useful action, you can count on your survival brain to produce convincing reasons to procrastinate.
24/11/2014 12:58 GMT

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

Your survival brain is constantly storing patterns of associations so that it doesn't miss something potentially threatening. When it recognises a pattern, then it creates feelings - a combination of sensations and thoughts - to trigger a behaviour that "worked" in the past. This is why you find yourself waiting until you feel like doing something to do it.
24/11/2014 10:59 GMT

The Practice of Happiness

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 in line with what scientific research has to say about happiness.
31/10/2014 10:53 GMT

What Are We Missing?

The sentence "how can I help?" never fails to warm my heart, even when it is expressed by people thousands of miles away. What a wonderful reaction to another human being. I love this question because it is an offer that can just be met with gratitude without any obligation.
22/09/2014 12:40 BST

Mindfulness and Kindness Are Good Medicine

I have been sitting in a hospital bed in an isolation room for the last five days... Being mindful allows me to notice thoughts and feelings as they arise - this is an incredible evolutionary ability of the human brain. Observing and accepting sensations and thoughts for what they are allows me the opportunity to pay attention to, and choose my responses based on, what is most important.
08/09/2014 11:28 BST