Featured Articles and Journals: meditation

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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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 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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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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November 16, 2015
This was what I felt needed to be said during a retreat I led this past weekend: 
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November 4, 2015
“Wounds still fresh, [my leg] isn’t quite ready to bear my weight. I typically walk with a brisk pace, but today my stride is necessarily deliberate…”  —Jamie Zimmerman
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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 5, 2015
The person I call “Bernie” consists of many parts—limbs, organs, tissues, bones, and cells. If my right hand is gashed, my entire body will spring into action. My brain will think of ways to get care for my injured hand. My feet will take me to the...
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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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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
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 21, 2015
The racially motivated massacre in Charleston last month was the turning point for me.  Looking at the images of the nine innocent people slaughtered at the hands of a white supremacist man really sent chills up my spine.
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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 9, 2015
Excerpt from Mindfulness in Plain English by Bhante Gunaratana.
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May 15, 2015
One of the reasons for meditating -- sitting still and focusing on an object, such as the breath -- is to train in tapping into the calm space in your awareness so that you can find that space in the midst of chaos. Like on stage during the National...
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April 28, 2015
“What are you working with right now?” he asked me. (This is something Buddhists sometimes ask each other.) “Kindness,” I responded. “I find that I can always be a little kinder to myself.” “Oh, that’s a great place to start.” I smiled inwardly. I...
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April 7, 2015
Excerpted from Life is Spiritual Practice by Jean Smith (Wisdom Publications, 2014). ___________________________________________________________________
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