Why choose me?
On August 29th 2016 at 9:15am. My 1650ccc motorcycle hit an oil slick in peak hour traffic on Military road Mosman in North Sydney, just preparing to enter onto the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.
The news that morning said I was a fatality. Three brain bleeds and bone and nerve damage down one side of my body. I left Royal North Shore Hospital not realising the depression and panic attacks that would become part of my life for the next four years. I had to battle regret and fear and anxieties about my future every single day.
Being in the present moment and filling my mind with meditations, not only emptying it of the fears and false stories I found I kept telling myself; was the step by step process right down into my DNA, of re writing the scripts in my mind and soul.
What is a Mindfulness Coach and what do they do and what will I get out of it?
A Mindfulness Coach helps you to…
- Have your attention move into the Now. It is as if you were waking up from a dream, the dream of thought, the dream of past and future. Such clarity, such simplicity.
- Slow down the incessant stream of thinking. Thoughts don’t absorb all your attention anymore, don’t draw you in totally. Helping you begin to realise how much vaster and deeper you are than your thoughts.
- Realise your past has no power over the present moment. Mindfulness comes in moments. We don’t have to “do” it all the time. Touching base with the here and now every now and then sheds a different light on your day.
- Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. (The past doesn’t exist anymore and the future is just a projection of the mind). Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.
- Be in touch with your Presence, feeling at home wherever you are.
- Equipping you to pay attention to the here and now, showing you that you need intention, not force.
Why do you need one?
We all need our own time in this Technology driven world we live in. Helping us to realise that if we spend all our time thinking; we’ll have nothing to think about except our thoughts. So we lose touch with reality.
Mindfulness Coaching Step by Step Process
There will be homework and exercises for you to practice at home, and there is an optional accountability where additional inspiration will be shared to keep you motivated and supported throughout the program.
Mindfulness Coaching Misconceptions
- Although it is rooted in sacred text, mindfulness is not a religion.
- It is not about being relaxed, although this is a bi-product.
- Some people believe that meditation or mindfulness is to not to think anymore. Again, mindfulness has nothing to do with not thinking anymore
- Some people believe mindfulness is difficult. They heard all these stories about people with 10,000 hours of meditation experience. Actually, it’s not. Some studies have shown that mindfulness can be applied to youngsters, for instance, with intellectual disabilities, and many kids have a very high level of mindfulness.
- However, it’s also not easy, most of us are very busy and are preoccupied with the past or the future; hence, we have a very hard time focusing on this moment and getting in contact with this moment.
- It’s not a way to not be concerned with the future anymore; rather, it’s a way I would say to create a balance between the present moment, the past, and the future because what we often see today is that we focus so much on the future and so much on the past.
- Last but not least, some people believe it sounds a bit wishy-washy. For this reason, they believe that it’s impossible to investigate it scientifically. However, many studies that have been conducted in the field of psychological science have proven that this is simply untrue.
Professor Denis Wakefield UNNSW
MD UNSW, MBBS (Hons), FRACP FRCPA
On a beautiful summer’s day last year, I attended a conference organized by Paul Hannan to help our medical school through a very difficult time as we underwent an amalgamation of three previously fiercely independent schools within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales.
As the head of this newly formed school I approached this meeting with great trepidation. I was depending on Paul to bring us together so that we could start to function as a single consolidated unit and not three warring factions. I was in a meeting of distinguished professors of medicine, physiology, anatomy and biochemistry. Half the audience were world experts and the other half had probably taught these subjects for decades to medical students.
It soon transpired that DNA was not the acronym for the genetic material in our chromosomes that is the stuff of life, but rather a Dominant Neurological Agenda, something much more relevant to the present circumstance. In fact, after two days of our conference I thought our DNA had changed and certainly we left the meeting with a dominant neurological agenda and a new dominant thought that has continued to be one of the major driving forces that helped to unite our school. This concept of “helping each other to teach and discover” now appears as our dominant neurological agenda, the footnote on all our official correspondence.
In contrast, the RAS or reticular activating system did stand for the anatomical structure in our brain, which was well known to all the scientists in the audience. However, Paul’s interpretation of the function of the reticular activating system was somewhat different to the classical teaching of the physiologists and anatomists. The reticular activating system was central to Paul’s concept of the connectivity of our external world and its sensory input, our soul and our subsequent behavior. It is the channel through which all information flows and therefore plays a central role in his concept of “soul talk” and the role of the soul influencing our behaviors and attitudes.
This conference had a profound effect upon my colleagues and me. No one challenged Paul’s definitions of DNA, RAS or the soul but rather saw the deeper purposes of his system and accepted the concept that it is important to fill the soul with life affirming beliefs that could influence behavior and drive us to achieve greater collegiality and happiness. This profound concept serves as a driving force to help in the consolidation of our work and activities within our school and to make it a happier and more productive place in which to work.I commend Paul Hannan to all those who are brave enough to challenge themselves and change their DNA.
General Manager Media and Communications – VenuesLive
Director – HappyPics
“I don’t think anyone in business can deny that the last two years have been strangely difficult. Apart from the financial uncertainties, the mental aptitude that we’ve all had to find to continue has been one of the greatest challenge for me. Having the right people supporting, listening and advising have really been the difference between not only surviving but thriving. One of the greatest sounding boards I have worked with over this time has been Paul Hannan. He has helped me create a mindfulness that spread from business to family, family to business and back again. Between us we have shaped the right balance between work and play and for that, I am very grateful.”
Director – SPIN 360 3D
“Paul was very positive in supporting me to be very aware of my mindfulness.
General Manager – Belle Property Dee Why, Mona Vale & Terrey Hills
Managing Director – Solar Energy Enterprises
How long does this program take to complete?
This is an 8-week program and forms part of my Coaching which has a 3 month minimum.
What is the format of DNA - Mindfulness?
I offer this as part of my Life and Business Coaching one on one or can be in a group setting.
How much time do I need to complete the homework exercises? What will that look like?
This training requires about 15 to 30 minutes a day and is most effective when done at home. Different types of exercises include formal meditation and more informal daily practices.
I've tried Mindfulness before and I'm not very good at it. How do I know this program will be different?
At its core, Mindfulness is about starting over again and again. Even if you feel like you’re not making ‘progress’, if you have patience and try to practice regularly to the best of your ability, your efforts will pay off.
In this program, we’ll approach mindfulness in a way that addresses all of the common stumbling blocks, and you’ll be free to share your specific concerns so we can troubleshoot them together.
Are the resources in DNA - Mindfulness based on scientific evidence?
Yes. Over 3,000 peer-reviewed research studies have validated the benefits of mindfulness, and we have made sure that everything in this program is underpinned by rigorous science and references.
What is the cost?
$499 as part of a Group when available; or can form part of my Life/Business DNA coaching
I have another question! Can I reach out?
Of course! Please feel free to email email@example.com and we can chat.