Featured Articles: Nutrition & Body Wellness

November 21, 2013
Would you rather be seen by a doctor who paid attention to you, who listened to what you said during your appointment, or one who was distracted, whose mind was somewhere else, who heard the first few sentences and then made assumptions?
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November 16, 2013
I remember the first time I saw a headline touting "mindfulness" on the cover of O, the Oprah magazine, which also extolls the benefits of a $250 french fry maker and $300 Ugg boots. I was disconcerted. This was several years ago, and I was fairly...
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November 14, 2013
The Buddha said that hatred never destroys hatred -- only love can do that. But it's hard not to hate people who hurt people, especially when the ones they hurt are children, especially when they hurt our children. That's what makes a letter written...
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November 12, 2013
Maybe you won’t admit it, but I gave myself away one day in a workshop.  I actually heard myself say it, “I want to be perfect.”  Well, I didn’t actually hear it at first; it was everyone’s reaction to my admission that startled me. ...
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November 8, 2013
Laurie Anderson -- performance artist, meditator, and wife of Lou Reed -- wrote an extraordinarily beautiful description in this week's Rolling Stone of her husband's death. The couple were students of Yonge Mingur Rinpoche and had studied Buddhist...
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November 2, 2013
I am subject to aging, have not gone beyond aging.I am subject to illness, have not gone beyond illness.I am subject to death, have not gone beyond death.I will grow different, separate from all that is dear and appealing to me.I am the owner of my...
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October 28, 2013
I'd like to start by inviting you to have an experience.  You can read this to yourself, and then try it, but better yet, have someone read it to you, or read it to your friend: Close your eyes and feel the heart of your being.  Take some...
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October 24, 2013
For many of us, good posture during meditation practice is elusive. We may start our session with the best of intentions but by the end, we can’t wait for the meditation bell to rescue us from back pain. This post is meant to look at and address the...
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October 4, 2013
Traditional meditation texts sometimes describe the unmeditated state as "monkey mind." But for the last week I've been sitting with my new kitten, and I feel like I'm seeing my mind manifested. The kitten is all over the place -- chasing a piece of...
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October 2, 2013
The day after watching my paternal grandmother die, I started cooking. A lot. After losing both of my grandmothers in the span of a few months this summer, it was the only thing I could think to do. It was the only thing that comforted me....
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October 2, 2013
The mind’s natural instinct is to think, weave webs, build edifices, poke and prod and coax and scream. Some of that mental noise is helpful in making sense of the millions of stimuli that bombard you every day. The mind is always planning and...
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September 12, 2013
I had a difficult time making and posting this video because I wasn't happy with myself for the approach I was taking with my son, Oliver.  But shooting together provided a safe forum in which we were able to talk gently, for the first time in...
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September 9, 2013
A small study by researchers at the University of Oregon found that mindfulness meditation may help smokers cut back.
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August 29, 2013
A difficult exercise with my meditation teacher shows me the powerfully healing gift of practicing equanimity, for ourselves and for others.
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August 12, 2013
Thinking about my friend's good fortune instantly lifts my spirits and generates an overall sense of ease and joy that affects even my sleep.
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August 12, 2013
A new study finds that people who feel powerful are less empathetic -- that feeling powerful reduces activity in the regions of the brain that respond to others' activity (the mirror) system.
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July 29, 2013
Often after I lead a meditation session, students will ask me how long we sat. It's nearly always 24 minutes, which one of my teachers says is the amount of time it takes for the mind to settle down, and I trust her. But their experience of it is...
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July 27, 2013
Maybe you've heard people say that they don't need to do sitting meditation because they do other things that have meditative qualities. "My yoga is my meditation," they say, or running or music or knitting or any repetitive activity.
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July 15, 2013
The final stretch of my fast presents an opportunity to open, listen and love in a way I never imagined possible.
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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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