Featured Articles and Journals: meditation

March 5, 2013
Often in writing, I see my habitual thoughts arising--especially when I write after a meditation session. 
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March 3, 2013
  I was standing on an ordinary street corner in DC when the change started. Lunch in hand, waiting for the cross-walk to change so I could go back to the office and eat, I was remembering something I said at a meeting, which now seemed...
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March 1, 2013
When I first started meditating, I would sit down and be overcome by a waterfall of thoughts. Thoughts about my clients' lives. Thoughts about what to do tomorrow. Thoughts about what to eat. Thoughts about the person sitting in front of me....
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March 1, 2013
Today is March 1. Those of us who took part in Sharon Salzberg’s 28-Day Meditation Challenge are probably wondering how our practice will continue now that the month of February is over. Commitment leads to evaluation. What did we see, and where do...
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February 28, 2013
  "Don't fight the darkness. Don't even worry about the darkness. Turn on the light & the darkness goes. Turn up that light of pure consciousness: Negativity goes.Now you say, 'That sounds so sweet'.It sounds too sweet. But it's a real...
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February 22, 2013
Training in mindfulness can help us see how we add to, or create, our own drama in place of these extraordinarily ordinary experiences.
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February 15, 2013
In improv comedy we are taught to 'yes, and..." the things brought up by our scene partners.
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February 15, 2013
  So, this week, as part of the 28-Day Meditation Challenge, I stuck with the close technique (from Shambhala), and then mixed in whatever Salzberg recommended. Mindfulness of the body or whatever. Body scans, focusing on sensation, walking...
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February 14, 2013
Seeing our shadow-side is another opportunity for shifting our perspective.
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February 12, 2013
One evening after my Wednesday night meditation class, Amy, a member of our D.C. meditation community, asked if we might talk for a few minutes about her mother, a woman she often referred to as “a manipulative, narcissistic human.” Amy’s mother had...
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February 8, 2013
Last week I mentioned that I was going to meditate every morning for thirty minutes. After a few brief activities to relieve my body’s discomfort, I sat down each day for the session and worked with the simple technique of lowering my gaze more than...
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February 7, 2013
Some of us have joined a 30-day yoga and meditation challenge starting tomorrow, Saturday, February 9. If you would like to be a part of the group, please friend me on FB and I will add you. If you're not on FB, feel free to comment and check in on...
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February 6, 2013
"It's completely possible to start over.  Wherever we've gone, we can begin again."  - Sharon Salzberg in Real Happiness
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February 5, 2013
I was drawn to my first Buddhist mindfulness retreat during a time when my son, Narayan, was four, and I was on the verge of divorce. During a slow, icy drive through a winter snowstorm on the way to the retreat center, I had plenty of time to...
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February 1, 2013
In partnership with the Insight Meditation Center community and Sharon Salzberg and in honor of Sharon Salzberg’s powerful book “
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February 1, 2013
Daily Sit invites you to practice meditation with a live online community. Inspired by "Sitting Project," a daily meditation piece, Kim Brown and I thought it would be supportive to the community to offer an online interactive presence for...
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January 29, 2013
Many years ago, after several years of experiencing a long chronic illness, I attended a six-week Vipassana meditation retreat. Given my struggles with sickness, I looked forward to this time entirely dedicated to sitting and walking...
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January 28, 2013
Every year, I attend the last church service of the year. At the end of December, the minister asks us to write down all the things we want for the coming year. We then draft a letter to ourselves that we will receive a year later (sent back to us...
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January 28, 2013
The controversy surrounding whether meditation practice should be accessible to those suffering from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) brings up a lot of interesting and important questions.
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January 23, 2013
  After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, as many people feared an ongoing and vicious spiral of retaliation and global violence, a wonderful and well-known Cherokee legend went viral on the Internet: An old grandfather is...
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January 18, 2013
Each week there will be an opportunity for anyone who wants to participate online in a community sit. This weekend I will be practicing with IDP Sangha on a mindfulness retreat. There is still room to join us in person or you can practice from home...
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January 18, 2013
If I said all experience is my experience, would you shy away? Right before Part II of his book, “Thoughts Without a Thinker,” Mark Epstein presents a poem written in “the seventh century A.D.” by “the third Zen patriarch,” When the mind exists...
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January 17, 2013
  Often, near the end of our sit at IDP Seattle Meditation Headquarters (it’s not called that), our teacher, Meredith, will sometimes suggest that we “let go of our practice” for the last minute before the bell is rung.  My experience...
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January 14, 2013
When I first started IDP’s Yearlong Immersion Training two years ago, I was intensely consumed with all kinds of doubts and questions about whether or not I would ever be well suited enough to be a dharma teacher. I also wondered if a year was a...
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