Featured Articles: Meditation Practice

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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June 5, 2015
You’ve heard of eight-minute abs, but have you heard of an eight-minute body scan? This short embodiment practice is for when you’re lost in worry, feeling a bit frantic, or out of touch with your body. In this audio, I’ll guide you to include the...
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May 29, 2015
I've been writing for the IDP blog on a regular basis for almost five years -- not because I think I have great insights to share but because it needs to be done. I've worked on daily newspapers for all of my adult life (except for six horrible...
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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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May 26, 2015
On a sunny Sunday morning last April, I woke up late, took a sip from the half-empty bottle of beer on my end table, and felt my pancreas explode.
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May 15, 2015
One of the reasons for meditating -- sitting still and focusing on an object, such as the breath -- is to train in tapping into the calm space in your awareness so that you can find that space in the midst of chaos. Like on stage during the National...
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May 11, 2015
It is hardly necessary, or even necessarily recommended, to follow up Shambhala Level One with Shambhala Level Two: The Birth of the Warrior as quickly as I did.
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May 3, 2015
The charge of "depraved heart murder" was filed against one of the Baltimore police officers accused in connection with the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. That's an odd term for most of us: "Depraved heart."
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April 23, 2015
I’m not against correcting our posture or body on principle. I wish all it took to rid ourselves of chronic pain and tension was figuring the right angle or position, and tapping our body into place. It’s such a seductive offer, that we need...
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April 12, 2015
A new study reports that merely reading Buddhist terms in a word puzzle -- such as dharma, Buddha, and awakening -- increased the likelihood of "prosocial" behaviors among study participants, some of them familiar with Buddhism and others not.
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April 7, 2015
We're entering heavy sports season here in the U.S., with the month-long college basketball championships wrapping up -- March Madness that now extends into April -- and playoffs looming for professional basketball and hockey, even as baseball...
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April 7, 2015
Excerpted from Life is Spiritual Practice by Jean Smith (Wisdom Publications, 2014). ___________________________________________________________________
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April 2, 2015
I am sitting in a small walk-up apartment on North Spaulding Avenue. I am sitting in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, located in the Midwest region of the United States of America.
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March 28, 2015
As a child I was often told that starving children in China would be happy to have the mushy peas I carefully picked out from the Campbell's vegetable soup and left in the bowl. I felt bad for the starving children, but that wasn't going to make me...
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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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March 15, 2015
We create the world with our thoughts, the Buddha taught, but we experience it with our bodies. That's one of those fun conundrums of Buddhism.
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March 5, 2015
Your life is terrible so you decide to do something about it. You try everything. You change jobs, you change partners, you exercise, you give your time to charity, maybe you numb it out a bit with drink or drugs, I don’t know, but you try and try...
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February 28, 2015
I had plans last night to go into the city and meet a dear friend to see a very special performance. So many things went wrong that I could easily have had an terrible time. Instead -- thanks to practice -- it was full of extraordinary lessons and...
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February 23, 2015
Beginning a mindfulness meditation practice is difficult.
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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 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 11, 2015
A few weekends ago, while my wife was in Jamaica, I took a plunge of sorts. I took, and completed, The Art of Being Human, a two-day immersive course at my local Shambhala Center.
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