That Won’t Get You On Oprah

Ethan Nichtern, a meditation teacher at the Shambhala Center where I learn and practice is kind of young.  I approached our first interaction with a degree of skepticism about learning an ancient tradition from someone so young.  However, I quickly became a fan of his down to earth style and uncanny ability to integrate the challenges of modern living, pop culture, and technology with the ancient wisdom of Buddhism.    His dharma talk this week had a few key points I thought worth sharing with readers.

Comfort is way overrated.  Happiness is way underrated.

He told a  story about when he started to come around the Shambhala Center where his father is a meditation teacher.  They were listening to another teacher when Ethan looks to his father and asked; “Dad, this guy has been meditating thirty years, he seems a little nuts?” and with a chuckle his father responds “Yeah, you should have seen him before he started.”  The lesson being that some of us go to our grave being a little less nuts, others go a little more nuts.  All of a sudden a little doesn’t look so bad.

Another point that resonated a great deal;   After you spend a weekend at a meditation or spiritual retreat, one often finds you are still the same confused person. However, that is not the kind of talk that gets you on Oprah. That is reserved for the people who promise transformation in an hour, day, or weekend.

There was a lot more to the talk, but that’s for another time. Working on an interview with him for the The Blog.

About allan

Allan Fried is a New York City based Life & Career Coach specializing in working with people who want meaning in their careers. Having been an executive at a major entertainment company, COO at an early state digital media company, and owned his own business, he has powerful insights on what it takes to find and excel at work you love. He has been described by his clients as talented, Zen-like, insightful, and passionate. His client’s success can be attributed to his intuitive talent in guiding clients to uncover and reveal what is truly important to them. Allan has over 20 years experience as an executive and entrepreneur in the entertainment industry. He spent the bulk of his career at BMG as Vice-President International, where he worked on developing the careers of recording artists. In these positions he learned a lot about using one’s unique talents and gifts to pursue success. He has also been heavily involved in his community through involvement with Make-A-Wish Foundation, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Empire State Pride Agenda, Habitat for Humanity, and several other community initiatives

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