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John Astin, PhD received his doctorate in health psychology from the University of California, Irvine and is a widely published researcher in the field of mind-body medicine. He is also a writer, having published two collections of poetic and prose reflections on the nature of human consciousness, and is an accomplished singer, songwriter and recording artist.

Drawing upon 30-plus years of personal study and scientific inquiry into a variety of mind-body therapeutic approaches (e.g., meditation, self-inquiry, relaxation, imagery), John shares with his clients a set of simple yet powerful practices centered around three related areas:

MeditationSelf-Awareness — insight into the ways in which beliefs (i.e., our interpretations of moment-to-moment experience) shape the way we ultimately see and experience our selves and the world.

Emotional Resiliency — the capacity to experience even strong or uncomfortable mental-emotional states (such as fear, anxiety and insecurity) without losing our sense of inner balance and equanimity.

 

BrainCognitive Flexibility — the ability to see the limits of our current state of knowledge and to remain open-minded and non-defensive, even when our perspective or point of view is being challenged.

 

In his work, John introduces a variety of meditative practices and inquiries that serve to awaken and enliven these capacities of cognitive flexibility, emotional resiliency, and self-awareness. Central to his approach is the simple yet powerful practice of relaxing the habit of trying to control or manipulate thoughts, feelings and sensations in order to experience a sense of well-being and instead, simply allowing the dynamic and unpredictable flow of moment-to-moment experience to be as it is. Through this approach, one begins to discover an ease, clarity, openness and flexibility that is realized to be present, regardless of the particular ways the body-mind may be moving, shaping or patterning itself in any given moment.  Allowing difficult mental-emotional states to be as they are rather than reflexively trying to change or avoid them does not represent passivity or an escape from the difficulties and challenges of life, but actually empowers one to meet everything in his or her life more fully, more vulnerably, more openly, and more wisely.