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April 12, 2015
So I am going to preface this by saying I have never blogged about anything -- ever -- so please forgive me if I have the etiquette all wrong.  Not quite a blog, not quite a poem either.  Anyway, here you go: 
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February 17, 2015
A couple came to see me once, and they were very grumpy with each other. They’d had a big fight the previous week, and it was so bad that the woman’s husband had actually packed his bags and was ready to go out the door.
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December 18, 2014
As issues such as systematic police violence against people of color, increasing media presence putting a spotlight on trans rights, growing discussions about violence against sex workers, and many other issues involving marginalized groups arise,...
Activism and Politics     Comment (2)     Link
December 16, 2014
It’s that time of year. Self-reflection is at an all time high and our minds are naturally drawn to what we want to keep, discard, or create as a new year dawns. It may also be a time of both greater activity (celebrations, shopping, visitors,...
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December 1, 2014
Is meditation good for your career? According to a recent article in the NY Times, the answer is an unequivocal "Yes." But does this violate the sacredness of the practice?
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November 11, 2014
Someone asked recently about the difference between hypnosis and guided imagery. Many counselors say they use “guided imagery” which they may or may not consider related to hypnosis or hypnotherapy. And if that weren’t confusing enough, sometimes...
Meditation Practice     Comment (2)     Link
November 11, 2014
I’ve often heard people say that we eat mindlessly. This isn’t quite accurate, though. Actually, while we eat, we spend most of our time daydreaming. This daydreaming is a form of hypnosis. Under hypnosis you can become so focused on the contents...
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November 4, 2014
Sunday sun breaks over Wanaque Reservoir
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October 18, 2014
Like so many others, I was shocked and saddened, and also drawn into deep contemplation, on hearing that the beloved actor, comedian and social activist, Robin Williams, had taken his own life. As a hypnotherapist who has worked with many people...
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August 26, 2014
I recently got back from a retreat with my teacher, Lama Marut, and one of the things he discusses frequently is “the irritating person.” And no matter how many times I hear it, it’s always brand new, because it’s the kind of thing that I need to...
Buddhism     Comment (3)     Link
August 19, 2014
Many people, myself included, come into their spiritual practice seeking answers to the "big questions": Who am I? What is the purpose of my life? Why do bad things happen to good people?
Activism and Politics     Comment (5)     Link
August 22, 2014
In life lots of things get in the way of living in the moment: that untimely pee, train traffic, your boss! What might it mean to live in the moment anyway? Life is not a movie chugging along frame by frame; a sequence of discrete “nows...
Buddhism, Meditation Practice, Religion & Spirituality     Comment (1)     Link
July 12, 2014
The other day I read a really wonderful article on the lack of intersectionality in feminism. It was written from the perspective of a lesbian woman of color and discusses the disparity between the amount of violence and sexual harassment...
Activism and Politics     Comment (1)     Link
June 21, 2014
"Welcome to the Song of the Rain project." Thus speaks the voice (actually, mine) when you call a special phone number. It's your invitation, my dear readers, to speak—after you've made a choice that is.
Arts and Media     Comment (1)     Link
June 11, 2014
1. I'm afraid I'll get nowhere and get bored.   2. I'm afraid I'll get nowhere pleasant and get upset.   3. I'm afraid that my belief that I'm basically good is a cop-out. I'm afraid that bad is real and tangible and that it's what I am. I...
Meditation Practice     Comment (1)     Link
May 30, 2014
Ajahn Brahm was scheduled to give a talk on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in Theravadan Buddhism at the annual conference organized by the United Nations and the International Day of Vesak in May. At the last moment, he was banned...
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April 30, 2014
Lately I've been thinking a lot about the relationship between Buddhism and Marxism, so here're some of the thoughts on the matter that have been bouncing around in my head lately, presented in a nicely organised format.
Activism and Politics, Buddhism, Religion & Spirituality     Comment (1)     Link
April 17, 2014
  HOW DOES SPIRITUAL PRACTICE leave the meditation cushion and truly enter our lives as a collective? The whole point of sitting — listening inside, watching and feeling — is to build a container of awareness that allows us to distinguish...
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January 21, 2014
Yonge Mingyur Rinpoche -- who in 2011 left behind most of his possessions, his growing acclaim, and his followers to become a wandering yogi -- was recently spotted by his former assistant, who provided a rare update:
Buddhism     Comment (1)     Link
January 18, 2014
Lovely interview with IDP teacher, Kate Johnson, discussing her experience on a three-month retreat.     
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January 12, 2014
I recently spent a month in Namibia after dreaming of Africa since I was a child. The trip came after a hard year of planning, preparing to be away from work and home with its endless worries, frustrations and the sending of money, and more money...
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December 20, 2013
Top Ten Ways to BE happier in the New Year 1.)    Breathe….Yup I did say that, that thing that every other person tells you to do to relax.  The reason is it works.  Breathing is the only difference our body has between life...
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December 6, 2013
Recently I received an email from someone who's about to ordain as a Zen monk in a different order than mine in another country that's very much like our own. His questions brought up a lot of important issues that apply not only to those of us who...
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November 28, 2013
Practice the Path of the Bodhisattva with IDP this holiday season! Generate Gratitude Daily!   Every day, from today through January 1, we'll be posting our list of what we're thankful for in the comments section below.   
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