Featured Articles: Arts and Media

March 15, 2013
For the past few weeks, I've been on hiatus from leading a weekly mindfulness meditation group so that I can complete a Super-8 filmmaking class with the Brooklyn-based filmmaking and teaching collective Mono No Aware. I have a fear of using...
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March 15, 2013
I believe it was Dr. Seuss who said: All Alone! Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something you’ll be quite a lot. -from Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
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by Joren
March 14, 2013
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March 13, 2013
Imagine the stress faced by students at the nation's top universities, particularly one as competitive and proud as Harvard. Now imagine the pressure on the people who have to deal with them -- faculty, administrators, other Harvard employees.
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March 8, 2013
Last week I went to see Fran Lebowitz in conversation with Harvard psychology Professor Steven Pinker as part of the Rubin Museum's Brainwave Series. Fran is an icon of the New York curmudgeon variety, and she's known for her observations. In...
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by Lani
March 7, 2013
(Photo: Mari Griffin) I did not recognize you as fear Deep vibrating abyssI did not recognize you as fearI did not recognize you as fearBecause your power has the births of many stars in its belly
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March 5, 2013
Right or Wise Speech is one of the factors on the Buddha's Eightfold Path, and it includes a warning against harsh speech*. A new study shows the effect of harsh speech in reader comments.
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March 3, 2013
There's a Zen meal chant that says, "72 laborers brought us this food; we should know how it comes to us." If the meal involves a can of Coke, that's a serious understatement.
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March 1, 2013
I used to be scared of hecklers. Now I see them as a potentially useful part of the environment, if I know how to work with them.
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February 28, 2013
Right speech, sometimes called Wise or Skillful Speech, is the first principle of ethical conduct in the eightfold path to liberation from suffering.  ... The importance of speech in ethical conduct is clear, Bikkhu Bodhi says in his guide to...
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by Joren
February 28, 2013
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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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