Featured Articles: Nutrition & Body Wellness

July 15, 2013
My high expectations for physical change and concern for my ability to heal give way to a quiet space, allowing me to grieve a close friend's death.
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July 13, 2013
The first time you walk into a new place is an experience of groundlessness -- and since we generally don't like to free-fall through life, the first thing we do is look for ground. It's part of our survival instinct, a remnant of our lizard brain:...
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July 8, 2013
Illness inspires me to embark on a fourteen-day fast.  I meet the days leading up to it with overwhelming resistance and panic, and talk about what it's like and how I'm feeling emotionally and physically.
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July 8, 2013
Two recent articles, with nearly identical opening paragraphs but different content, make the point that mindfulness is trending.
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July 7, 2013
Do buddhists get hot? Let’s get something straight. That is, yes, a double entendre, hereby spoiled by its designation. That is: you’d better get some ice water, and you’d better hold on to those skivvies. But that’s neither fish nor fowl.
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June 29, 2013
The Buddha lists discipline as one of the six paramitas, or transcendent actions, that help us move toward enlightenment. It's not one that most people are eager to talk about. Discipline brings up fears of shame, blame, and deprivation. Buddhist...
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June 26, 2013
Last week Brett Boyar’s post on this blog, titled “Use Your Non-Dominant Hand”, got me thinking about being more mindful about the tasks I do every day with my hands. As Brett described that week’s mindfulness exercise, and the interesting insights...
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June 24, 2013
I break from routine imbibing to explore abstinence and its effects on my mind and body
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June 18, 2013
Yesterday on the N train, a man who was standing in front of me suddenly reached over and punched the open window above me in order to close it. I had just put down my book and was in this in-between state, still sort of in the world of my book,...
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June 11, 2013
Nearly every morning of my life for the past dozen-ish years has included a loud whir, a prolonged blast of heat, and a clamping down of sizzling metal plates—all of which can last up to forty minutes. Convinced that my hair in its natural state of...
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June 10, 2013
Meditation is about making friends with our whole being and learning to accept what we're tempted to reject, suppress, or avoid because it feels uncomfortable. I know, from personal experience, that's a beneficial thing. Now there's scientific...
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May 17, 2013
A friend of mine became interested in attending classes at IDP because, she said, she wanted to find something that had a se
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May 13, 2013
A new study finds that lovingkindness meditation makes your vagus nerve more responsive. That's meaningful because it is involved in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and immune responses.
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May 10, 2013
Gender generalizations make me uneasy. But after practicing psychotherapy for many years with women from diverse racial, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds, there’s one that is unfortunately consistent: most women struggle with genuine self-...
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April 29, 2013
Lots of schools are using mindfulness meditation to help students improve their focus and ease stress. There's both empirical and anecdotal evidence that it works. But one Ohio school system is moving the other way, dropping mindfulness instruction...
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April 26, 2013
At the Interdependence Project, we support all types of mindfulness—mindfulness of mind, mindfulness of breath, mindfulness of emotions, mindfulness of eating tacos, and, yes, mindfulness of poop. Pooping is an age-old art that almost all humans...
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April 9, 2013
My body isn't thrilled with some of my wardrobe choices, apparently. I didn't know this until I actually listened. Or rather, until I asked.
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March 27, 2013
“Genuine art tells the truth” - Chögyam Trungpa
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March 17, 2013
A new study found that adolescents who participated in a mindfulness program at school reported reduced symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress up to six months later. Furthermore, these teen students were less likely to develop more severe...
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March 15, 2013
A Manhattan taxi cab is one of the last places you'd expect to find ease or to try shamata -- calm-abiding -- meditation. But if you take a cab this week, you may find yourself listening to guided meditations (in addition to honking horns and...
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March 13, 2013
Imagine the stress faced by students at the nation's top universities, particularly one as competitive and proud as Harvard. Now imagine the pressure on the people who have to deal with them -- faculty, administrators, other Harvard employees.
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March 3, 2013
There's a Zen meal chant that says, "72 laborers brought us this food; we should know how it comes to us." If the meal involves a can of Coke, that's a serious understatement.
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February 27, 2013
IDP's Fall 2012 class series, "In Search of the Self," explored the many ways we construct ideas about who we are and reviewed several Buddhist theories on how we create a sense of self and why we cling to it. It's a fascinating subject, of course...
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February 12, 2013
Before I started meditating I took yoga classes for several years. I was no poster girl for yoga, but I did develop a familiarity with my body's mechanics.  So I was pretty smug when I was introduced to mindfulness of body. I knew my body....
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February 10, 2013
Exploring our openness to and cultivating respect for animals is an important practice in compassion and empathy.
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