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December 16, 2014
This time of year can be extremely challenging for many of us. There's all kinds of pressure and expectations in the air. Strained family relationships often come to a head, and memories of past holidays have a way of creeping their way back into...
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December 15, 2014
During the holiday season, please take some time off to take care of yourself, your loved ones, and friends.
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December 13, 2014
The Buddha said that if you practice lovingkindness, or metta, meditation, you will experience scores of benefits (well, 11 specific ones). His list did not mention that you will have a better time at parties. Add that.
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December 11, 2014
  As a child who grew up in a one-tv household, without cable, banned from watching MTV at friends' houses, and now a parent running a family without cable and with minimal screen-time, the introduction of a gaming device into our home felt as...
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December 8, 2014
Living far away from IDP I sometimes struggle with the idea of membership or donating to an organization that's so far away, knowing I can't participate in many of the events or programs. There's this common perception that 'charity begins at home...
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December 6, 2014
At this time of year, hope takes center stage. Children draw up lists of presents they hope Santa will deliver. Everyone who lives north of a certain point hopes for a picturesque white Christmas -- enough snow to make it pretty but not enough to...
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December 4, 2014
The behavior of my son’s new friend was not in accordance with the set of standards to which I hold my own kids.  In addition to the friend’s unfavorable behavior, it also seemed like – and I don’t want to misdirect any pointe
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December 1, 2014
Is meditation good for your career? According to a recent article in the NY Times, the answer is an unequivocal "Yes." But does this violate the sacredness of the practice?
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November 29, 2014
  What happens to a dream deferred?
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November 28, 2014
A random read we can possibly learn from.  
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November 27, 2014
I used to make the joke that my husband talked me into having children.  I’ve since stopped, realizing it was not that much of a joke, nor was it terribly funny.  Having children wasn’t something I dreamed about nor longed to do.  In...
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November 27, 2014
Join IDP's Annual Gratitude Journal!  Every day, starting today and posting daily through January 1, we'll list what we're thankful for in the comments section below.   
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November 26, 2014
One of my most hated noises is the low and ominous drone of a vacuum cleaner. As a kid, when I arrived home from school and heard a vacuum cleaner, I knew my mom was already upset about something.
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November 25, 2014
All day I’ve been considering what is an appropriate statement for me to make about last night’s announcement that a grand jury has failed to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed Michael Brown.   Some would say that I should...
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November 25, 2014
Grief is an appropriate response.  I feel it running down my spine, pooling in my legs, and pouring into the earth I pray can hold all this.  Last night, the grand jury in Ferguson Missouri released their decision not to indict...
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November 22, 2014
The whole world is watching Ferguson, Missouri, as a grand jury verdict is expected any day on whether to indict a police officer who shot an unarmed black man. That action led to protests, arrests, and boiling anger. In advance of the grand jury...
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November 21, 2014
I used to dread grocery shopping.  Even thinking about it made me want to run screaming. The fluorescent lights, the cold grey surfaces, and the utilitarian feel of the activity. I hated that I hated it, and hated that I couldn’t seem to feel...
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November 16, 2014
Accepting the inevitability of death is woven throughout the Buddha's teachings. So why are Buddhists so upset at the news that Thich Nhat Hanh may be near death?
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November 14, 2014
Buying gifts for the people in your life is, obviously, an entire branch of science unto itself. What you’re communicating with your choice of gift is going to be either intentionally or unintentionally heartwarming or frustrating. Knowing which it’...
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November 13, 2014
What I immediately think about doing when my daughter hits me, and what I do, are vastly different in their mind-states, energy, and lasting effects on both of us.
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November 12, 2014
The rumor began swirling around the Internet that beloved and loving teacher Thich Nhat Hanh had died. Then it was said that he was in a coma. Soon his closest student, Sister Chan Khong, clarified that he is alive, in the hospital but "OK."
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November 11, 2014
I just found out that I'm about to lose my job. Yes, again.
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November 8, 2014
On Election Day, I was doing a practice of mudita, appreciative or empathetic joy. Like in metta practice, you choose a neutral person, a loved one, and an irritating person. In this case, you look to feel happiness in their happiness, taking joy in...
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November 7, 2014
Sometimes being a nice person, brimming with cordiality and never being a bother to your fellow humans is not always a good thing.
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