Featured Articles: Meditation Practice

November 21, 2014
I used to dread grocery shopping.  Even thinking about it made me want to run screaming. The fluorescent lights, the cold grey surfaces, and the utilitarian feel of the activity. I hated that I hated it, and hated that I couldn’t seem to feel...
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November 16, 2014
Accepting the inevitability of death is woven throughout the Buddha's teachings. So why are Buddhists so upset at the news that Thich Nhat Hanh may be near death?
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November 13, 2014
What I immediately think about doing when my daughter hits me, and what I do, are vastly different in their mind-states, energy, and lasting effects on both of us.
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November 11, 2014
I just found out that I'm about to lose my job. Yes, again.
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November 8, 2014
On Election Day, I was doing a practice of mudita, appreciative or empathetic joy. Like in metta practice, you choose a neutral person, a loved one, and an irritating person. In this case, you look to feel happiness in their happiness, taking joy in...
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November 6, 2014
Watching my son sail off into the sunset on his skateboard, I am reminded of not only his first introduction to the art of shredding but also prompted to look deeper at the way in which I approach fear.
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November 3, 2014
When you go on a retreat, there's always a talk near the end about transitioning back to "the real world." You've been in a place where people are mindful and intentional, less stressed by the details of daily life. You're about to re-enter the rat...
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October 30, 2014
According to knives.com, the cutting-edge parenting resource, the recommended age in years when children can be introduced to knives, while supervised,  is two to three.  And, although it feels obvious that their research might be strongly...
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October 28, 2014
For anyone who wishes to take their meditation and mindfulness practice to the next level, it is now possible to obtain a Master of Arts in Mindfulness Studies at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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October 27, 2014
Although humans like to believe that we’re rational cognitive creatures, we're actually fundamentally very emotional creatures. You might expect that we would be good with something that we have had experience with our whole lives. Yet one of...
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October 25, 2014
The Buddha, as a man who left his wife and young child to seek enlightenment, doesn't give a lot of advice on marriage. As one of my teachers says, if you're having difficulty in your romantic relationship, is a celibate monk the best person to ask...
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October 24, 2014
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October 23, 2014
I frequently say that I have four children; two furry and two not.  The six of us, my husband, two dogs, and two children, have been a family for close to six years.  The human-animal bond we have has strengthened each of us as individuals...
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October 20, 2014
Anger is a funny emotion, because although it often causes us and those around us suffering, we deep down kind of like it.  We like the feeling of power it gives, the sense of righteousness that sometimes accompanies it, and the feeling of...
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October 18, 2014
One of my first encounters with Tibetan Buddhism was a weekend program with a lovely lama from Ohio. She was wise and funny and relatable. It was spring, and she brought in a chocolate Easter bunny to put on the shrine. I liked the idea of the...
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October 16, 2014
When I finally closed my eyes for bed, after working an eleven-hour day, putting my children to sleep, and caring for my dogs, my mind filled with an image of my daughter from earlier that morning.   Sitting on the dining room floor with her...
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October 14, 2014
Phil Jackson hopes that being sitting still will help the New York Knicks improve their performance on the court.
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October 10, 2014
In one of my favorite passages in one of my favorite dharma books, "Loving Kindness," Sharon Salzberg talks about how she'd been practicing metta, loving kindness meditation, and wasn't sure it was having any effect -- until one morning when she...
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October 9, 2014
What had all the makings for a peaceful evening stroll through the streets of our suburban neighborhood quickly deteriorated into a shout-fest.  “Watch it!” I snapped, seeing in my periphery the blade of my son’s new toy slice through the air...
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October 4, 2014
Buddhism is a path of personal responsibility. The concept of karma details how we are responsible for our actions -- across many lifetimes, if you want to take the long view. Buddhist teachings recommend that we constantly take stock of our actions...
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October 3, 2014
We have several lovely weeks of autumn in Chicago. It's a shame that we are rarely here to enjoy them.Fall brings with it a sense of panic. More like terror. You know what's coming and there's nothing you can do to stop it. The slick sidewalks and...
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October 2, 2014
  Practicing dharma is not difficult; it comes naturally. It is free from hassle, and it brings a lot of health. As you practice more and more, you find that practice begins to grow inside your bones, in the marrow. Practice becomes natural. It...
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October 2, 2014
When my kids ask if they can have ice cream, a couple of things happen.  My body tenses and I try to push the question away.  When that gets me nowhere, I mentally note their recent dietary intake and attempt conviction by responding with...
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October 1, 2014
Wherever we are, we have the ability to be present. On the meditation cushion, we can be present with the physical sensation of our breathing. Off the meditation cushion, we can be present with the people we encounter, our morning commute, the food...
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