Featured Articles and Journals: mindfulness

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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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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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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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 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 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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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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April 21, 2015
  Wake Up It is time pounding at you, time.Knowing you are aliveis watching on every sideyour generation’s short timefalling away as fast as rivers drop though air,and feeling it hit hard. —Annie Dillard Being old is new for us.
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April 7, 2015
Excerpted from Life is Spiritual Practice by Jean Smith (Wisdom Publications, 2014). ___________________________________________________________________
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March 27, 2015
  The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, arrived on the West Coast last week to begin his tour of the United States. He's scheduled to give many public talks as well as teachings throughout the country over the next few weeks.  But he...
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March 20, 2015
Insurance companies aren't known for taking risks on unproven methods. So when Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini -- who had personal experience with the healing benefits of yoga and meditation -- wanted to spread the practices to Aetna's employees, he looked...
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February 23, 2015
Beginning a mindfulness meditation practice is difficult.
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February 19, 2015
Living with pain can sometimes feel like half living. A part of you is always tied up with the pain, strategizing how to beat it or bracing against it. Imagine not having to micromanage your pain, or have it be surrounded by stiffness. Imagine being...
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February 19, 2015
I am hating most everything in my life and I’m finding it almost impossible not to make that, or me, bad.  I didn’t realize I was making it bad and pushing it away until I sat down to write – at which point I heard my therapist’s voice and my...
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February 17, 2015
A couple came to see me once, and they were very grumpy with each other. They’d had a big fight the previous week, and it was so bad that the woman’s husband had actually packed his bags and was ready to go out the door.
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February 13, 2015
In the movie "The Babadook," there's a moment when the viewer knows the evil spirit has infiltrated the main character. Until this point, she has been the embodiment of sweet patience -- responding gently and evenly to everyone, never with a hint of...
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February 12, 2015
There’s a big fat hammer up above, beyond the blue in the sky,” he told me. “It’s just up there waitin’. One day, when you least expect it, that hammer comes streakin’ down on you like Big Pink’s fist. That’s the ultimate test for a boxer, for any...
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February 10, 2015
Like most Americans, I make a two-way commute every day to get to work and back home again. It’s an unfortunate but necessary part of my day that I’m perfectly guilty of writing off as time wasted. The whole time I’m in the car is spent either...
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February 5, 2015
It’s almost impossible to find content for my children that isn’t focused on the female body, isn't plagued by gender stereotypes. Everywhere I look – whether it be in classic children’s literature, movies, toy store shelves, or catalogues from...
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January 30, 2015
This post’s posting is attempted through a mobile platform on my phone -- a first for me. I normally work off a laptop, for which I may be holding a burial service. Upon reaching for it to write this post, I dropped it approximately six feet onto a...
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