Featured Articles: Meditation Practice

January 18, 2014
When you're making a change in attitude or behavior, you can -- as Tina Turner says -- do it nice and easy, or nice and rough. That's true whether you're singing "Proud Mary" or vowing to spend an hour without electronics for Responsible...
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January 17, 2014
Mindfulness practice provides opportunity to watch my reactions and try to give space to my son as he shares a painful story.
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January 15, 2014
Is mindfulness better than mind wandering?  Maybe yes, and maybe no…. it really depends.  
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January 15, 2014
Confession: I once went over a week without checking Facebook, and thought little of it even though it was an unusual thing for me. So setting an intention for a Facebook-less week as part of the Responsible (e)Consumption Month challenge might seem...
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January 13, 2014
I wasn't sure if I wanted to teach meditation when I handed in my application for IDP's Yearlong Teacher Training & Dharma Immersion Program. I knew I loved IDP, that Ethan Nichtern is a skilled teacher, and that I wanted to learn more for the...
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January 11, 2014
January Is IDP Responsible eConsumption Month, and I've been observing it by not turning on electronic devices during the first hour I'm awake. The experience has been as different as the days.
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January 8, 2014
Today, Huffpost Live featured IDP member Jon Rubenstein and teacher Kate Johnson in a segment about the #IDPBeFree Pledge.
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January 8, 2014
I took the IDP Be Free pledge to be free of electronics, and chose to turn off my electronics during the dinner hour.  Here is the pledge:  
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January 8, 2014
I'm nothing if not ambitious. The idea behind the Responsible (e)Consumption Month Challenge is to unplug from your multitude of electronic devices for at least one hour per day and reconnect with the emotions, thoughts, sensations (or lack thereof...
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January 7, 2014
(Follow Ethan on Twitter or Facebook, or visit his website) Here are four very simple tips for turning your dabbling, on and off, casual,  swinging, it-loves-me-it-loves-me-not relationship with meditation into a daily practice that...
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January 7, 2014
A new study by Johns Hopkins University finds that 30 minutes of mindfulness meditation a day may relieve mild anxiety and depression -- as effectively as medication.
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January 4, 2014
January is IDP's Responsible eConsumption Month, and there's a challenge to turn off your electronics for an hour a day. For me, the challenge is where can I find that hour?
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January 2, 2014
Modern research on ergonomics (the interaction between people and their work environment) is confirming what meditators have known and expressed for thousands of years: sitting with your legs and torso at 90° is mad difficult.
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January 1, 2014
January is IDP's Responsible eConsumption Month                                 ...
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January 1, 2014
Are you thinking about making a resolution to live more mindfully in 2014? You're in good -- and trendy -- company, according to global advertising and marketing company JWT, which named "Mindful Living" among its Top 10 trends for 2014.
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December 21, 2013
Today is the Solstice, the day when the North Pole is at its maximum tilt from the sun, creating the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. I imagine that for the ancients, this marked the beginning of the new year, not some 10 days...
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December 19, 2013
The moment you start thinking you need to meet the world with good posture – it's over; you're screwed. You’ve empowered the belief that being upright means you can’t really be yourself. It’s too easy to jettison our spontaneity and sense of humor...
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December 16, 2013
If you’ve never made your own snowman, you’ve seen someone else do it, either on television, or in person. If you’ve never made a snowman, you’ve made a sandcastle, or seen someone do that.
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December 14, 2013
Whatever holiday spirit is, I'm not feeling it.
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December 10, 2013
Are you as surprised as I was to realize that December 5 was the 4th Annual Compassion Research Day at Facebook?  Who knew that the social network has been heavily investing in studying and applying Emotional Intelligence to its platform?...
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December 10, 2013
A new study has found specific molecular changes from a day of mindfulness meditation. Researchers believe it's the first study to find rapid alterations in gene expression from mindfulness meditation.
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December 7, 2013
This week marked the 80th anniversary of the end of Prohibition, the United States' attempt to outlaw liquor.
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December 3, 2013
Our times demand that we utilize the whole of our human potential in order to solve personal and global problems.  The future demands training in the entirety of our innate capacity – what I am calling “creative intelligence,” and the...
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December 2, 2013
Recently, IDP announced that January is Responsible eConsumption month and issued a challenge: For one hour each day for the first ten days of January, put down your electronic devices and be present with what you're doing, joining thousands of...
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December 2, 2013
On Sunday morning, a Metro North commuter train derailed in the Bronx. NPR reports that: At least four people are dead, and more than 60 injured after a commuter train derailed in the Bronx borough of New York City Sunday morning. Fourteen of the...
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