Featured Articles: Meditation Practice

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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February 2, 2014
I have "monkey mind." This phrase is used in Buddhist terminology to describe that state of distractible, chattering mind that many of us discover when we start to meditate and try to calm our thought processes.
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February 1, 2014
I am already pretty happy at work. I like what I do, and I like the people I do it with. I know exactly what I'll be doing, but I never know what I'll be doing. (I'm a newspaper editor, and the schedule is the same every day but the content is...
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January 31, 2014
Often when we experience pain on the cushion (or elsewhere) we immediately try to problem-solve it away. Should I straighten my back? Do I need a different cushion? We strategize, reaching into our toolbox of body knowledge. What often get skipped...
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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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January 25, 2014
Pope Francis this week praised the Internet for the “immense possibilities” it offers to encounter people from different backgrounds; he also warned that the obsessive desire to stay connected can  isolate people from their friends and family.
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January 24, 2014
A fine talk on keeping it real & being Mindful while juggling
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January 23, 2014
Somewhere underneath you right now are two protrusions known as the sitting bones. If you cup your buttocks in the palms of your hands (NSFW?), you’ll feel these prominences which form the southernmost points of the pelvis. Try slumping back and you...
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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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