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Mindfulness–Reach Beyond Your Turbulent Mind

1355760_17767233-1024x680We’re continuing our discussion of the intersection of spirituality and therapy with psychotherapist Tanchum (Tani) Burton. Tani is a rabbi and educator whose approaches to therapy and spirituality are relevant for an increasing number of clients and students.

Welcome back, Tani. You are a student of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, whose powerful teachings we have frequently blogged about on the Therapy Soup blog. Can you tell us about the (free) classes you are currently teaching at called The Chassidic Law of Attraction?

I’m giving a course on one of Rebbe Nachman’s famous stories, known in English as “the Sophisticate and the Simpleton.”

This story shows us a path towards—and away from—true wealth, joy and growth in the analogy of the main characters, who are simple and complicated, satisfied and restless, joyous and miserable respectively.

The challenge and opportunity for us is that we all have elements of both characters, and, when we can recognize which one is operating, we can readjust and reboot our lives for the better.

Can people who are unfamiliar with Jewish wisdom and life benefit from your classes?

Absolutely.  Although the source material is cited in its original languages—Hebrew, Aramaic, and even Yiddish sometimes—I try to translate and explain everything in a down-to-earth way, and it all relates to very universally-understood and very human experiences, and how we can all take our lives to the next level.

Today people use the word mindfulness to mean many things. Can you explain mindfulness in terms of Breslov thought and your therapeutic approach?

I am very pleased about the entry of mindfulness into the psychotherapeutic profession.  Mindfulness allows us access to a realm beyond the turbulent mind, where we can observe what is going on with us without judgment, and, with acceptance, transform and be transformed by the more difficult aspects of our lives, as opposed to simply excising them.

I believe that Logotherapy taps into that, in terms of its focus on meanings that come from beyond the person, and it’s prescription to “say ‘yes’ to life”.  And I believe that in Breslov teachings you can find that model of self-transcendence as well, except that the focus is on self-transcendence towards G-d through humility, a heightened sense of His involvement in our lives, and joyous involvement in spirituality.

Join Tani for free online classes in his series, Clever and Simple:  Discovering The Chassidic Law of Attraction at, which offers free courses based on the teachings of the Chassidic mystic Rabbi, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.

Read our first post with Tani Burton.


!cid_9E28B98B-195E-4449-AA82-FE2F3A518565Tanchum Burton, MSW, is a Licensed Social Worker (Israel), a Clinical Diplomate in Logotherapy. Born and raised in New York, Tani is the clinical director of the Jerusalem Institute for Behavioral Health, maintains a private psychotherapy practice, and is a well-known teacher and lecturer at many venues, including Tani holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, studied at
the Victor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy and is also an ordained

Mindfulness–Reach Beyond Your Turbulent Mind

Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC & C.R. Zwolinski

Richard Zwolinski, LMHC, CASAC is the author of Therapy Revolution: Find Help, Get Better, and Move On Without Wasting Time or Money and is licensed in addiction and psychotherapy with over 25 years experience as well as a consultant to organizations and companies in the fields of mental health and addiction. He is the executive director of an outpatient behavioral health program. Learn more about Richard here.

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