Hi. I’m Jeremy Lipkowitz…
As a young adult, I rarely felt satisfied with my life. I often obsessed or worried about the future, feared what other people thought of me, and tried to cover up my anxiety with junk food, alcohol, and sex. Even though I got everything I set my mind to, I never felt happy, never felt sure of myself. I was faking it.
despite being outwardly successful, I suffered from depression, fear, and crippling insecurity. My life felt empty.
Eventually, I broke. I remember walking down the street in my early twenties, thinking, “I’m NEVER going to be happy. It doesn’t matter what I do.” Fortunately I didn’t quit. That existential crisis kicked off a life-long journey of self-discovery and exploration.
I started reading everything I could about happiness: I picked up books on positive psychology, neuroplasticity, eastern spirituality, life-hacking, healthy eating, you name it. I soaked it all up. I was like a sponge. Somewhere along my journey, I discovered mindfulness meditation, and the recent explosion of scientific research about the benefits of practicing it.
From reading books, and doing some of the basic mindfulness practices, I began to see that happiness was inside me all along. That most of my suffering was caused by my own mind. I then realized that if I wanted to be happy, it was a matter of mastering my mind. I learned how to sit still and be aware of my thoughts, how to understand what was going on in my mind, how to practice patience, kindness, and compassion.
And do you know what? It worked.
I started to see real, positive changes in my life. Today, I’m happier than I’ve ever been, and it’s because of the mindfulness training that I’ve done.
I know many of you reading this still struggle with the same things I did – stress, anxiety, sadness, addiction, or maybe just the constant chatter of the mind that never seems to stop. The truth is, we all suffer. We all deal with difficult emotions. It’s part of being human.
The real question you should be asking is not how to get rid of the difficulties in your life, but how to relate them in a healthier way, how develop the skills to transform suffering into wisdom.
Untangling the Mind is a site about understanding the forces in the mind that affect the day-to-day quality of your life. This is not a blog on attaining supreme enlightenment or gaining spiritual powers. It is a resource. A helpful tool on your journey to a happy and fulfilling life.
By joining me on this journey, you will be able to
manage your anxiety
live more in the present moment
cultivate more joy and peacefulness
silence your inner-critic
let go of negative thought patterns
weaken your addictive habits
be more confident in yourself
love yourself completely
be calm in the midst of chaos
and much more!
My hope is that this journey will help you live more a more peaceful and balanced life.
I hold a Bachelors and Masters degree in Genetics and Genomics, and spent several years at Duke University working towards a PhD in Systems Biology before I turned full-time to mindfulness teaching and blogging.
Now I’m a transformational coach and secular meditation teacher. I’ve been practicing meditation for over a decade and teaching for the past 7 years. I ordained as a monk in Burma and have worked as a mindfulness expert at schools, in startups, and at recovery centers around the world.
I combine my science-based expertise with a hunger for personal development to help others discipline their minds and achieve inner peace.