Featured Articles and Journals: Meditation Practice

November 16, 2015
This was what I felt needed to be said during a retreat I led this past weekend: 
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October 29, 2015
One of the benefits of meditation is that you become less reactive. You cultivate the ability to rest in a calm, clear space so that you can choose how to respond rather than habitually hitting back.
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October 15, 2015
In our culture, we place a high emphasis on intellectual learning. Yet our personal growth seems to depend on how we translate what we read and hear into some deeper, possibly wordless understanding. Even Suzuki Roshi once said about his own (...
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October 7, 2015
It has never been more difficult to live in the moment. Many of us have lives so full of activities that we can hardly catch our breaths. We work long hours, sometimes on weekends, and have hectic lives at home. When we do get a free minute, our...
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September 23, 2015
Headspace received $30 million in funding this week to expand their services.  In one press release, they were described as a "leading digital health and wellness media brand", though most of us know Headspace as a mindfulness app, and...
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September 19, 2015
"It's a meditation," the dance instructor says, coaxing me to relax and follow him in the tango.
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September 4, 2015
How do you love someone who is scared and who scares you? I was reminded of this question, posed by Tsoknyi Rinpoche in his book "Open Heart, Open Mind," this week as I watched the Internet react to what we might term "difficult people" in our metta...
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August 31, 2015
Back in June, at the beginning of the summer, IDP decided to offer a weekly Metta/Lovingkindness Meditation practice, on Fridays from 6-7pm. When planning the offering, I wondered if anyone would attend - sometimes it's quiet during the summer,...
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August 7, 2015
Very early tomorrow I will be getting on a plane and heading off to a fairly remote retreat center in Colorado. Very early. The first flight leaves at 5 a.m., which means leaving the house around 2:30 a.m. to allow for check-in and security and all...
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August 7, 2015
Although many believe meditation means sitting motionless in a quiet room, it's important to remember that meditation can be done anytime, anywhere.  Metta meditation is particularly easy to do in noisy and crowded urban areas, and teachers...
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August 3, 2015
In personal situations, sometimes I feel very strongly that I'm right and you're wrong. It's very hard for me to see that you have your own point of view, that you don't mean me any harm, and that your needs and concerns are as valid as mine. ...
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July 25, 2015
My mom recently heard about an organization that grants senior citizens' wishes, like those groups that send terminally ill children and their families to Disney World, but this was for regular seniors with no special issues. This led her to think...
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July 20, 2015
I was fortunate to spend a week this month on retreat with a teacher who had kickstarted my personal exploration of the Buddhist path a few years ago. By then, I'd been studying Buddhism for a while, but it had been largely intellectual until I did...
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June 29, 2015
I sat outside on a lovely early summer morning. The sun played hide-and-seek with the clouds, which in turn were playing chase with the breezes. The garden had turned a rich green from the recent rains, and the strawberry flowers whispered of treats...
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June 23, 2015
“What would be most helpful for you to put down in order to be here wholeheartedly?” asked Christina Feldman in the opening talk. Our group of a hundred meditators had a week of practice ahead of us.
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June 23, 2015
Excerpt from Freedom from Anger by Venerable Sumanasara. 1. Don’t Flatter Anger
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June 16, 2015
Excerpt from Life is Spiritual Practice by Jean Smith. A Practice and Reflection on Wisdom
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June 13, 2015
My Buddhist teacher shared this photo of a T-shirt she saw someone wearing at the airport, commenting that it seems like a good message. Practice like a champion. Since my teacher suggested it, I have to think about it. That's the deal. What does it...
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June 11, 2015
Pain is tough, of course, but the thoughts and feelings of shame which pain can stir up are the real nightmare. In my own history and my private practice teaching adults with pain, feelings of shame are never far behind a chronic pain condition. In...
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June 9, 2015
Excerpt from Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana.
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June 5, 2015
You’ve heard of eight-minute abs, but have you heard of an eight-minute body scan? This short embodiment practice is for when you’re lost in worry, feeling a bit frantic, or out of touch with your body. In this audio, I’ll guide you to include the...
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May 29, 2015
I've been writing for the IDP blog on a regular basis for almost five years -- not because I think I have great insights to share but because it needs to be done. I've worked on daily newspapers for all of my adult life (except for six horrible...
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May 26, 2015
Excerpted from Free Yourself by Carolyn Hobbs. I lie on the living room couch exhausted, two weeks before Christmas. Luckily, after years of coming back into the present, I know how to switch channels. I shift focus—away from racing thoughts about...
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May 26, 2015
On a sunny Sunday morning last April, I woke up late, took a sip from the half-empty bottle of beer on my end table, and felt my pancreas explode.
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