December 2, 2020

I got this question in response to my email yesterday about the meditation timer: “This might be a dumb question so feel free to roast me. Do you recommend any particular schedule for starting out? Every day? Once a week? Whatever you want? As often as possible?” To which I replied: “Once a day, idiot.” Meditation

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December 1, 2020

This morning, I meditated for too long. Whenever I set a timer, there’s always a fear in my mind that the timer won’t go off, and I’ll be stuck meditating indefinitely. I set Insight Timer for 60 minutes, as usual. I definitely heard the starting bell. But, I just kept sitting. “This can’t be right…”,

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November 30, 2020

We've all tried to develop habits that we know are good for us. And we've failed at most of them. At least I have. But, persistence pays off here. If you keep trying new approaches, you will eventually find something that clicks. People get stuck when they stop trying new things. Radical acceptance will make

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November 30, 2020

You can't make meditation a consistent habit without practicing radical acceptance. That's my conclusion, and I'm sticking to it. Don't take my word for it. Please, don't. Try it for yourself and see what happens. As a musician, I've spent a lot of time practicing. Same problem there. If you're constantly fighting yourself, you aren't

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November 19, 2020

I want to tell you a story about videos. First, however, I want to let you know that tomorrow afternoon (Friday, at 2:00 PM EST), I am doing a zoom meditation session. We'll meditate, and then talk about meditation. It's free. If you're interested, let me know below. Now, for the story: I've always been more

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November 16, 2020

There's a book called Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway. I have no idea if it's a good book. Maybe I would love it. But, I hate the title. A few years ago, I was sitting in a meeting of a local piano teachers association (I was the secretary 😂). Someone was explaining how students need to

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November 12, 2020

The best way to change the world is to speak your mind. You can do this on social media more easily than anywhere else. You don't have to confront anyone face-to-face, and you don't have to pay any money. You just sit here and type something. Or make a video. I'm a big fan of videos.

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November 11, 2020

I'm trying to write an email to you all right now, because I want to send you something helpful. But, I'm not sure how to help you. Hmmm…..that's a little bit of a problem for me. I could explain my thought processes here, but then I run the risk of attracting messages of sympathy and

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November 9, 2020

If it's easier, it's right. The easy way is always the right way. Seek instant gratification. The hard way is always the wrong way. Set a timer and practice. Follow those rules. See what happens. You won't know unless you try. It's your best shot at a consistent daily practice. I don't know of another

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November 8, 2020

Humans are complex. (We don't exist.) The stuff we create exists, but we don't. Yeah, I know it's confusing when I talk about so many different topics. Don't know what to tell you there. I guess you have my condolences. Just talk about whatever. It doesn't have to make sense to other people. It probably won't.

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