Featured Articles: Arts and Media

December 14, 2012
Oh sister, am I lazy! I didn’t get up early enough this morning. I didn’t finish all the work I said I was going to do. I left the dishes in the sink, and the laundry unwashed. I haven’t cleaned in weeks. I seem to have quit my meditation practice...
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December 10, 2012
  Earlier this week, a friend confided in me, but while he spoke, I was already trying to solve his problem for him in my mind. When he was done telling me his story, I began to offer advice. He seemed a bit hurt, and I realized I had not...
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by Joren
December 6, 2012
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December 4, 2012
Advice to William Carlos Williams from his dad, in response to a letter:   You’re quite wrong. What you have written is not “lousy” but extremely effective. Write, when you feel like it, and write freely, carelessly (if you know what I mean)...
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November 30, 2012
AttentionOne You direct it where you want itLike you want to cross the street so you look both waysLike you overhear a conversation about love, so you tune into it and out of jabber jabber and cars passing by AttentionBee It is pulled by phenomena...
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by Joren
November 29, 2012
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November 26, 2012
Aging and rock n' roll don't go well together. When I listen to the music I love, especially old punk songs that nobody around me cares about anymore, I feel hopelessly doomed to a world where I keep getting older and the punk kids stay the same age...
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November 26, 2012
  Journaling as a Mindfulness Practice When I meditate, I sometimes notice myself thinking, Ok, Emily, concentrate, concentrate, hold on to the breath and have a good session this time, not like last time when you were all over the place.
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November 25, 2012
 
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November 24, 2012
The law of karma says that actions have consequences. Some are visible immediately; others take longer. Some are as clear as the expression on your face. Others are more subtle.
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by Joren
November 22, 2012
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November 21, 2012
Selections from the The IDP Community Daily Gratitude Journals and the IDP Twitter feed (#IDPGratitude)
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November 19, 2012
It’s almost Thanksgiving. Time to pig out on sweet potatoes, take a food-coma nap on the couch, and hopefully have a few days off from work to rest and be with family. With all the traveling and eating, writing may not seem like a big deal. (Maybe...
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November 13, 2012
  I’ve done it oh so many times: open up a Word document or turn to a fresh notebook page to begin a poem or an essay and…nothing. Blah. Blah blah blah. That idea was stupid. I have to do my dishes. I have to find a “real” job. Immediately. I...
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November 4, 2012
I had just walked across the Williamsburg Bridge.  Some other people walking across the bridge said the blackened city skyline looked cool.  I declined to entertain this idea, only saying I had never seen my city like this,...
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November 2, 2012
If right now, as in right this second, were to launch itself into this text, it would talk about meditation, and it would talk about disaster. It would talk about anger, and it would talk about giving. It would talk about anxiety, and it would talk...
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by Joren
November 1, 2012
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October 26, 2012
    (Follow Ethan on Facebook or Twitter, Check out his books, or upcoming online courses he is teaching at IDP) Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell is one of my favorite novels, and is...
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October 25, 2012
 
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October 23, 2012
  This week’s Radiolab podcast, Seeing in the Dark, tells the story of John Hull, a theology professor in England who developed cataracts in his teens and finally lost his sight at age thirty-five:
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October 21, 2012
The artist Chuck Close recently photographed President Obama for his portrait . . . 
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October 21, 2012
I love writing poetry.  I haven't done it in a while, but I do have a backlog of poetry I have not shared with many people.  It is good to have a place like The Interdependence Project where what makes each of us unique is celebrated,...
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by Joren
October 18, 2012
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October 18, 2012
“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, ‘Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.’ I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.”   ...
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