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February 26, 2013
In mindfulness meditation we train in shamatha—peaceful abiding. This is basically the ability to hang out with and be curious about our experience, whatever our experience is. Through shamatha, we learn that our experience is valid and worthy.
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February 19, 2013
I work part time in the college admissions world, which means I encounter a lot of people who want to know what they can do in order to be happy in the future (or ensure their children’s future happiness). While doing some research for work this...
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February 16, 2013
On Valentine's Day, Facebook asked me if I wanted to send my spouse "a real Facebook gift." What does that mean? I asked myself (and then my Facebook friends -- who are almost real world friends). Does a "real" Facebook gift exist offline, ie IRL?...
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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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by Joren
February 14, 2013
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February 12, 2013
Before I started meditating I took yoga classes for several years. I was no poster girl for yoga, but I did develop a familiarity with my body's mechanics.  So I was pretty smug when I was introduced to mindfulness of body. I knew my body....
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February 11, 2013
It’s no secret to those who know me well that I’ve loved the 19th century Irish playwright J.M. Synge ever since my freshman year of college. (Perhaps you have heard of The Playboy of the Western World?)
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February 9, 2013
In order to find a solution we first have to recognise that there is a problem. Then we can get to work on how the problem can be solved. ... Both men and women need  to publicize and condemn any abusive behavior of which they are aware and to...
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February 5, 2013
The process of concentration is one of gathering. We gather all our scattered attention and energy, and we bring it together, we bring it home. The result of that gathering is that we attain access to all the energy that is not usually available to...
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February 5, 2013
The IDP Mindful Writing Workshop is meeting this Saturday, February 9, 1-3pm, so I thought I'd write a little bit about writing workshops.
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February 2, 2013
If you're my friend on Facebook, you know that I share a lot of links. I think of Facebook as a community bulletin board or an envelope of newspaper and magazines clippings that I want to send off to my friends. Here's a bunch of stuff I think is...
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by Joren
January 31, 2013
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January 29, 2013
  Starting a new piece of writing is a fantastic opportunity to practice. A few weeks ago I wrote about how to tackle the smushy blob of too much work. But often when you’re beginning a piece of creative writing, there is no clear path from
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January 23, 2013
  In addition to being the first Latino and openly gay (and the youngest) poet to read at a US President’s inauguration, Richard Blanco’s poem, “One Today,” was also a beautiful example of the themes of compassion and interdependence expressed...
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January 18, 2013
I'm not gonna lie: I love award shows. Often I haven't even seen half of the shows or movies being honored, but there is a part of me that loves seeing the drama of celebrity play out in a completely constructed environment. 
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by Joren
January 17, 2013
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January 17, 2013
Check out this cute animated video by ASAPScience on generosity and happiness. 
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January 15, 2013
The conversation went something like this: My friend: Emily, I need some writing advice. Me: Okay… Friend: How do I make myself just do my work? Me: What work do you have to do? Friend: SO MUCH. Me: What is the work, specifically? Friend: I have...
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by Joren
January 10, 2013
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January 10, 2013
The New York Times has an article on what to wear while meditating that notes the availability of clothes designed for meditation, such as the $1,000 sweatpants from Donna Karan's Urban Zen line. (shown below)
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January 7, 2013
  Sitting in a rehearsal studio on Saturday morning with about twenty strangers at a trauma relief training workshop, I found myself wondering about the value of stories. As a writer, that’s an almost blasphemous thing to admit. But as I...
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by Joren
January 3, 2013
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January 3, 2013
Being aware of our surroundings and where we are in relationship with the world reminds us of our inherent interdependence and where we fit into this group dance that is life. ...If we lose this sense of our interdependence, we will forget...
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January 2, 2013
If your intention is to meditate more, don't give up.
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