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Embracing Uncertainty

Written by David Nichtern

My taiji teacher, Sat Hon, is a virtual lexicon of sage and colorful phrases. One of my favorite expressions of his is “embrace uncertainty.” There is always...

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Cutting the Chains of Karma: How to Change Negative Habits in 5 Steps

Written by David Nichtern

Sometimes our “negative” habits (like anger, pride, jealousy, craving etc.) seem to come up like a cyclone out of nowhere. Often we might feel powerless to...

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How to Meditate Through Strong Emotions

Written by David Nichtern

In mindfulness meditation practice, we are instructed to rest our attention on our breathing as a way to focus and stabilize our mind. This is an ancient and...

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The Discovery of Egolessness

Written by David Nichtern

“The entire Buddhist path is based on the discovery of egolessness and the maturing of insight or knowledge that comes from egolessness.”

— Chogyam...

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The Pursuit of Happiness: Developing Empathy for Others

Written by David Nichtern

I had a major epiphany once while playing with our family’s chocolate toy poodle, Leroy Brown. I realized that he’s just trying to be happy. Sometimes when...

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Contentment vs All You Can Eat

Written by David Nichtern

Three separate but synchronous conversations led me to recently explore the topic of contentment.

The first was with childhood friend and fellow musician, Christopher...

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Stay on Your Cushion: The Importance of ‘Hot’ and ‘Cool’ Boredom During Meditation

Written by David Nichtern

Boredom is an underrated experience in the modern world. The rate at which new information, new opportunities, new entertainment, new distractions are coming towards us is...

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Are You Losing the Race Against Time?

Written by David Nichtern

It seems that almost everyone I know feels that they are racing against time, even those of us who are meditation teachers! Our world is rich and diverse and there are so...

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Meeting Our Minds: Is Meditation Practical?

Written by David Nichtern

The practice of meditation allows us to look directly at who we are. It has a kind of naive quality to it in that we don’t assume anything. Buddhist practice is...

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