Featured Articles and Journals: Meditation Practice

July 16, 2014
By habit, I am a fast walker. When I'm on the sidewalk, I usually behave as though I'm in a hurry. I can utterly destroy a pair of work boots within six months.  
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July 13, 2014
"We'd thought you'd float in in lotus position," a friend greeted me on my return to work after a month of retreat. "You must be so relaxed," another co-worker said to me later.
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July 10, 2014
              The body is like a compass in this age of poor navigational signals. We don’t know what to do next, though we feel that we certainly should be doing something next. Our attention and decision-making...
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July 9, 2014
There are some parts that are so hard or so strange that you can’t fathom what is under them. The sheer fact of those parts even being touched gently can cause confusion.
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July 9, 2014
Until recently, I worked for a small agency, in a windowless office in Chicago's West Loop. I was allowed one hour for lunch, during which I took a walk outside whenever possible, reminding myself that the world beyond work was still there and...
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July 8, 2014
Researchers at the University of Virginia found that two-thirds of men and one-quarter of women were so averse to sitting with only their thoughts for 15 minutes that they chose to administer an electric shock to themselves that they'd previously...
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July 3, 2014
It's happened.While being busy was the new black in 2013 -- 2014 (& hopefully '15?) is all about flourishing towards a peace of mind& DOWNTIME.
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July 2, 2014
I missed my meditation practice yesterday, and I'm worried that it's going to take me forever to get that next gold star.   I'm not kidding.
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July 1, 2014
Jeff was convinced he’d fallen out of love with his wife, Arlene, and that nothing could salvage their twenty-six-year marriage. He wanted relief from the oppressiveness of feeling continually judged and found wanting. Arlene, for her part, was hurt...
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June 30, 2014
Lately, I've been reading more and more Facebook updates and Huff Post-type articles urging people to "do what you love" and "live your dream".  Considering it's an incredibly difficult economic time and the U.S. has a 6.3% unemployment rate (...
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June 29, 2014
Tenzin Palmo walked into the shrine room, prostrated to the Buddha, took her seat at the teacher's table, and beamed at the 150 people gathered there. Her first words set the tone for a week of teachings: "Ani, you should not be in back. Move up."
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June 26, 2014
I can remember trying to 'feel' the swampy mess of bodily sensations and emotions I felt trapped inside me. What were these squeezings in my chest and throat, this panicked gripping in my abdomen? I knew there was wisdom in the body and that if I...
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June 25, 2014
I've more-or-less kept up with a daily meditation practice for... awhile.  
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June 18, 2014
And so it begins.   Turn off your mind, eh? We have a lot of documents to sort through, pal, and it's not going to wait.  
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June 12, 2014
Actor Steve Buscemi, a meditator who studies with Pema Chodron, discusses the dharma with a Tibetan nun in this delightful episode of his web series. 
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June 12, 2014
As a younger man I often disparaged items of quality. A well-made shirt, I reasoned, was unnecessary. Items were disposable and had little meaning, so who cares if they were made well?
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June 11, 2014
1. I'm afraid I'll get nowhere and get bored.   2. I'm afraid I'll get nowhere pleasant and get upset.   3. I'm afraid that my belief that I'm basically good is a cop-out. I'm afraid that bad is real and tangible and that it's what I am. I...
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June 10, 2014
 
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May 30, 2014
When I began studying Buddhism around eight years ago, a weekend retreat seemed like a big deal. Then I heard about month-long retreats, and thought that must be a vestige of some archaic past. Who can leave their life for a month to go on retreat?...
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May 29, 2014
An Interdependence of Past & Present 2012: Lightness lends harmony to the self
 in stillness, motion & clarity, when 
Bone & skin become 
a stitched fission 
fueling vision.
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May 29, 2014
Whatever challenges a practice presents, there is nothing, but nothing, more prominent than patience. Patience will drive you mad. It will set you free. And it will always be the heart and soul of a meditative life.
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May 28, 2014
The truth is: without a genuine willingness to let in the suffering of others, our spiritual practice remains empty.   Father Theophane, a Christian mystic, writes about an incident that happened when he took some time off from his secular...
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May 26, 2014
Mindfulness is like a Russian doll.  Just when you think you have gotten to the biggest doll in the set, you discover that that doll too is inside an even bigger doll.  In mindfulness practice, we are continually discovering thoughts...
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May 24, 2014
Remember the story of the Velveteen Rabbit, the stuffed animal who was loved so deeply by a young boy that he became alive? I've been playing with idea of that as metaphor for being -- only there's no boy. We have to love ourselves into Reality.
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May 11, 2014
It's said, in traditional Buddhism, that over the course of our many lifetimes every being has been our mother. In traditional Asian societies, this was meant to help us see with the eyes of love and compassion.
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