Ambiguity & Uncomfortable Truths | 11/30/2022 “Meditation Q & A With Wendy Nash” #03

Before this chat Wendy said, and I agreed, unless there are live questions we perhaps ought to chat about “how to practice with ambiguity, uncomfortable truths, people we love but don’t like their ways or words, navigating guilt, shame, humiliation, privilege. . . The problem of wanting to be good, right, ethical, when these are all one side of the coin, how to include the crappy stuff without avoiding it or being overwhelmed. How to rise to the challenge rather than rise above it to avoid the challenge.”

I replied, “the only thing amongst what you’ve mentioned I see and feel has been mostly hijacked for political purposes on both sides is “privilege” so while I can still obviously address, this comes as low preference. All the others are all engines go with preferences weighted to meditative contexts.”

We talk about some of what Wendy laid out prior along with live questions about the two truths teaching and if playing saxophone can be meditation. Amongst many angles of approaching our primary topics of (real life) ambiguity and uncomfortable truths, we also touch on flow state(s) as well as the importance of delivery, tone and body language when communicating.

*There’s naturally an ongoing open call for meditation (related) questions for the (roughly) monthly “Meditation Q & A” either by the various social media means listed; integratingpresence[at] or just showing up on Insight Timer live or Wisdom App to type/ask live.*

Calendar add and directly join the fourth live “Meditation Q & A” at 7:30pm Central on December 21, 2022:

In this one we plan to look at “…Christmas, family, tense conversations, New Year, alcohol, partying – and how they relate to meditation and ethics.”

Another option is to join via downloading the free Wisdom app in your app store or via: where I’m @integratingpresence, scroll through the events at around start time, or watch on my YouTube channel.


Regular, current and past visitors to Integrating Presence may recall the monthly series “Ask Us Anything” I did with Denny K Miu from August 2020 until January 2022 — partially including and continuing on with Lydia Grace as co-host for awhile until March 2022.

For a few months thereafter I did various Insight Timer live events exploring potential new directions and/or a continuation of the Ask Us Anything format while weaving in other related teachings to these events.

Then, after chats with meditation coach Wendy Nash, it became clear to start a new collaboration similar to “Ask Us Anything” simply and clearly called “Meditation Q & A” especially due to the original intent of the Ask Us Anything’s being “discussions about meditation and related topics.”

Past chats with Wendy:

Audio: Ambiguity & Uncomfortable Truths | 11/30/2022 “Meditation Q & A With Wendy Nash” #03

We didn’t get to gratitude but here’s some links to the science behind its benefits (via the show above

Gratitude is positively related to increased subjective well-being

Robert Emmons: Benefits of Gratitude

Thanks! How the new science of gratitude can make you happier by Robert Emmons

2008 study: “Gratitude predicted greater subjective sleep quality and sleep duration, and less sleep latency and daytime dysfunction.”

2015 study: benefits of gratitude for heart failure patients
2016 study: relationship between gratitude intervention and reduced blood pressure

2017 study: relationship between gratitude and hemoglobin A1c

Is Gratitude Good for Your Health?

Stuff To Blow Your Mind podcast – From the Vault: Thankful: The Science of Gratitude

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