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February 26, 2014
Sharon Salzberg’s Real Happiness at Work points to the possibility that we could experience and engender happiness at work in a myriad of ways.  The practice of following one’s breath and returning to the present moment can make us personally...
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February 25, 2014
Harold Ramis, who died Monday, was the calm center of antic comedies including "Ghostbusters," "Animal House," and "Groundhog Day," That's no accident -- he was a practicing Zen Buddhist.
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February 25, 2014
For the fourth in the series of my videos promoting Sharon Salzberg's latest book release, 'Real Happiness At Work', I sit down in my workplace and attempt a conversation with two of my bosses who are having a disagreement. The...
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February 24, 2014
Buddhism is a practical philosophy - it's meant to be tried and tested in the "real" world.  It's designed to help us understand where we get in our own way to happiness. To newbies, it sometimes sounds pretty depressing when we talk about the...
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February 20, 2014
This is the title of an article in the current issue of Tricycle magazine. It consists of two verses and their commentaries from my book Reflections on Silver River. In publishing these excerpts, Tricycle is calling into question the...
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February 18, 2014
At the Wisdom 2.0 conference in San Francisco last week, a panel of Google executives speaking about corporate mindfulness was disrupted by protestors who accuse the company of "appropriating the language of counterculture and Buddhism" while...
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February 17, 2014
Psychologists Edward Deci and Richard Ryan study motivation. In particular, they have been interested in what makes people intrinsically motivated at work, school, etc.  The theory, called Self-Determination Theory, states basically that humans...
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February 15, 2014
One day I got home from work and found the electricity was off. I reported it to the power company, which gave me an estimate of 90 minutes or so, but when I called back at that time to check, it wasn't even listed as an outage.
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February 14, 2014
Even a fleeting thought of him made every other aspect of my life seem somehow lighter, more meaningful, and more manageable. An overwhelming well of emotions arose within my heart whenever I’d recall the raspy quality of his voice, the dimple that...
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February 13, 2014
Image: Rodolfo Amoedo I wonder if you’ve noticed that when a depressed episode comes on, our bodies feel frozen. Moving feels like trudging through thick molasses, yet the volume of our thoughts are loud and clear: “You’re a loser! You can’t even...
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February 11, 2014
Sharon Salzberg's recommendation to open to what is; be it pleasant or unpleasant, prompts me to use my (cold!) morning walking routine with my dogs to get curious. This is the second in a series of videos promoting Sharon's latest release, "...
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February 10, 2014
A power company in the United Kingdom has 16 meditation instructors on staff -- to help ease the stress felt by workers who remain after 1,400 are laid off and 700 more are told they'll lose their jobs if they can't get to new offices that are 30...
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February 10, 2014
I sometimes ask people how often they multitask, whether they feel like they need to do it in order to succeed, and how good they are at it.  Not surprisingly, most people say they multitask a lot, that it is necessary for their success, and...
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February 8, 2014
I'm intrigued by the idea of self-compassion, as described by Sharon Salzberg in "Real Happiness at Work." It feels foreign and exotic to me, like something people do in some remote land just discovered by intrepid explorers. Shangri-la, maybe --...
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February 7, 2014
Once the Buddha was walking through a village when he encountered an angry man who got in his face and began yelling at him, saying things like “You have no right to be teaching others, you’re just a big fake and just as confused as everyone else!”...
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February 5, 2014
Philip Seymour Hoffman, the marvelous actor who died recently with bags of heroin around him, was interviewed about a year ago by Simon Critchley at the Rubin Museum. The topic was happiness, and it's poignant, almost painful, to listen to now.
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February 5, 2014
I am so loving Sharon Salzberg’s new book Real Happiness at Work, which I agreed to read, put into practice, and blog about for the next month.  This week’s focus was on understanding how gathering our scattered mind through practicing...
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February 4, 2014
When I tell people I work as the Executive Director at The Interdependence Project, a meditation and dharma center, most think I must have the most stress-free job in the world.  Unfortunately, running a busy non-profit with 2.5 employees in...
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February 4, 2014
An invitation to blog in promotion of Sharon Salzberg's latest book release inspires me to investigate my own perceptions of work, which can be limiting, and also shift to be liberating. 
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February 3, 2014
Does Buddhism have a goth side? Take a look at Buddhist Hell, Buddhist vampires, thigh bone trumpets played in charnel grounds, and decide for yourself.
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February 3, 2014
In Sharon Salzberg's new book, Real Happiness at Work, the first chapter is about balance. She discusses several dimensions to balance, but one that I find fascinating is equanimity.  Equanimity is considered one of the four Heavenly Abodes in...
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February 2, 2014
Mindfulness and meditation are getting a lot of press these days, with a lot of new science coming out and people wanting to find sanity in an increasingly complex world.  We should not be surprised, then, if the press begin to make hyperbolic...
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January 31, 2014
A few years ago I was talking with someone who was about to embark on a street retreat. A street retreat is a safe and guided event in which a group of people pretend to be homeless for a few days — begging for money, finding a way to feed...
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January 27, 2014
In my last post, I discussed how people use media (music, TV, video games, Internet, etc.) to modify their moods and as coping strategies.  On the one hand, both of these uses seem positive and beneficial, at least when used mindfully.
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January 27, 2014
The current issue of Time magazine promotes coverage of "The Mindful Revolution: The science of finding focus in a stressed-out, multitasking culture." The story itself is behind a paywall -- you can read the opening anecdote about the author...
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