Featured Articles and Journals: meditation

November 10, 2016
I suspect I may never forget the details of this last week, seared into my memory through shock and mass anxiety. Yesterday morning on my commute, the disappointment of several passengers was palpable. Their expressions were downcast, and their...
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October 9, 2016
As a condition of employment, I took a creepy personality profile that revealed I am more “people-oriented” and care more about building rapport and being liked than I would like to. If any suggestion can provoke the sort of rage that that one has,...
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October 3, 2016
MYTH #1: “I CAN’T MEDITATE BECAUSE __________.”FALSE.You know this one. Fill in the blank with your favorite excuse:“I can’t meditate because…”
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September 2, 2016
There is no you. The story of the Self is useful up to a point, but it is a complex work of fiction, and it has become a pernicious fiction. Ponder a recent experience, such as peering at traffic from a bridge or noticing an unusual piece of litter...
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July 19, 2016
Recent news of killings and shootings in the U.S., and terrorist acts abroad have created a lot of discussion about the causes and conditions which allow violence to occur.  Some suggest that mental illness is the cause, others suggest that...
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July 11, 2016
You’ve started meditating, you’re beginning to get the hang of it, and now you’re ready for your first retreat. Or you’ve never meditated, but you learn by jumping into the deep end of the pool, so you’re plunging into this sitting business. Either...
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July 8, 2016
Perhaps you've taken a day off from your meditation practice. Perhaps it became a week and stretched over months. Perhaps you've fallen off the cushion.You're allowed to forgive yourself. There is a lot to be distracted by, more all the time. You're...
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June 27, 2016
Lady Gaga and HH Dalai Lama met June 26 in Indiana, where the 30 year old singer interviewed His Holiness on the topic of kindness.  They were both in the midwest to participate at the United States Conference for Mayors 
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June 13, 2016
I have never been on a Buddhist meditation retreat before, and I had no idea what to expect from it. I was nervous at first because the longest I had ever meditated in one sitting was 25 minutes straight, I could not imagine doing that on and off...
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June 10, 2016
Last week I had my first MRI. I’ve been having back and neck pain since December and had tried a number of treatments to no significant avail, so this was the next course of action in finding out the cause.  
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June 2, 2016
I can only speak for myself, and I am pretty good at doing that. Like many of us, I am quite accomplished at weaving my own narrative. The internet has broken down many - if not most - of our collaborative cultural tapestry-narratives by giving each...
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June 2, 2016
Meditation and mindfulness apps are all the rage these days. There are literally hundreds. I’m not particularly interested in debating the merits of these apps (if you are interested in this, I highly recommend the comments section of this article...
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April 29, 2016
What does meditation look like beyond mindfulness? I made this infographic to offer a quick overview of the three levels of meditation: Presence, Stillness, and Inquiry. Feel free to share.  
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February 28, 2016
The first time I learned lovingkindness meditation, or metta, I was at a weekend retreat a couple of hours away from my house. As I drove home, I sent the standard wishes to the other drivers -- May you be safe, may you be happy, may you be healthy...
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by ellen s
February 24, 2016
This last week of the Real Happiness Challenge is about practicing Metta, or Lovingkindness meditation, which means meditating on wishes of goodwill toward a set of people or beings in a variety of categories.
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February 21, 2016
I am lying in bed, and I want to stay here. It's warm. I'm comfortable. I feel the weight of the comforter, the cat pressed against my leg. And yet I'm not happy. I think about people who greet the day with smiles. I am not one of them. I think...
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February 16, 2016
Me and my mind this week:   Sometimes my thoughts are relentlessly demanding and negative.  Often I'll react to them by ignoring them or trying to push them out of my mind by concentrating on something else like my work or a book or a...
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February 14, 2016
Maybe you've seen some of the dozens of stories about coloring as the new meditation. People who know I meditate send them to me and ask what I think  -- which is that coloring is not actually meditation, but it can be done meditatively.
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by ellen s
February 10, 2016
The New Hampshire primary ended last night, with Bernie Sanders pulling in the Democrats  
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February 9, 2016
Like a lot of New Yorkers, I'm a busy person!  Rushing from place to place, answering endless emails, Facebooking, Instagraming, Twittering, drinking coffee, attending meetings, scheduling, writing a class outline while riding the subway,...
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by ellen s
February 3, 2016
"The art of beginning again": Sharon's instruction has never felt more gently apropos than this month, this time around in the 28-Day Real Happiness challenge. I'm beginning this 28-day practice cycle again, one I've done a few times before. The...
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February 1, 2016
I choose to believe that all beings are part of a single organism. We are all part of a humming, sometimes thriving, sometimes aching ecosystem. Hurting those whom I consider “others” slows down the entire operation and wounds him whom I consider “...
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January 4, 2016
For the new year, I was asked to write a letter to my Zen teacher, requesting him to continue teaching for another year. I’ve never done anything like this, so I copied the suggested wording (which I actually really liked, formal though it was) and...
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December 18, 2015
As a kid, I always looked forward to Hanukkah (what kid doesn't want to eat fried potato pancakes and get eight presents and money is made out of chocolate?) But it wasn't until this year that the holiday deeply resonated with me.
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December 3, 2015
Seven years ago, I developed a mysterious chronic pain in my upper body that had me unable to type, hold a piece of paper, and relegated to the cool wooden floor of my girlfriend’s apartment for hours a day. I was 26, unable to work, and learning to...
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