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March 15, 2015
We create the world with our thoughts, the Buddha taught, but we experience it with our bodies. That's one of those fun conundrums of Buddhism.
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March 10, 2015
Excerpted from The Way of Tenderness by Zenju Earthlyn Manuel.
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March 7, 2015
I've been reading about Ruth Denison, a Buddhist teacher who died Feb. 26. I'd picked up a book about her, Dancing in the Dharma, because I liked the title. I had not heard of her. That's a shame, because Denison's work deeply influenced how...
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March 5, 2015
I pride myself on being well-informed. I pride myself on having good taste. I judge myself so harshly and berate myself so aggressively that I'm left to wonder how this rigorous humility might serve me. Perhaps it saves me the trouble of taking on...
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March 5, 2015
Your life is terrible so you decide to do something about it. You try everything. You change jobs, you change partners, you exercise, you give your time to charity, maybe you numb it out a bit with drink or drugs, I don’t know, but you try and try...
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February 28, 2015
I had plans last night to go into the city and meet a dear friend to see a very special performance. So many things went wrong that I could easily have had an terrible time. Instead -- thanks to practice -- it was full of extraordinary lessons and...
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February 27, 2015
“I like that Chicago is a 'flyover' city,” said Harper Reed, former Chief Technical Officer at Threadless and Obama For America, now humbly billing himself as "Probably One of the Coolest Guys Ever." “It means nobody bothers us while we're working.”
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February 27, 2015
When I teach meditation to beginners, I usually tell them that the act of closing our eyes is powerful, because we’re setting an intention to let go of the desire for constant stimulation in an effort bring our attention inward and listen. Our joint...
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February 23, 2015
Where are you & What’s coming up?In contemplating the layers between space and action,I'm beginning to feel that lacking any control of mind makes plans feel fleetingly temporary.By paving both path and practice these last six weeks, I’ve...
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February 23, 2015
Beginning a mindfulness meditation practice is difficult.
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February 19, 2015
Living with pain can sometimes feel like half living. A part of you is always tied up with the pain, strategizing how to beat it or bracing against it. Imagine not having to micromanage your pain, or have it be surrounded by stiffness. Imagine being...
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February 19, 2015
I am hating most everything in my life and I’m finding it almost impossible not to make that, or me, bad.  I didn’t realize I was making it bad and pushing it away until I sat down to write – at which point I heard my therapist’s voice and my...
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February 18, 2015
I hate to bother you, but I have a book recommendation. You'd never think such a brisk, poppy work would have so much to say about the passive-aggressive communication we buy into, but you might be surprised! Besides, it's only about 100 pages! Of...
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February 13, 2015
In the movie "The Babadook," there's a moment when the viewer knows the evil spirit has infiltrated the main character. Until this point, she has been the embodiment of sweet patience -- responding gently and evenly to everyone, never with a hint of...
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February 12, 2015
I sat down to write a post about my grandmother, and as I started to look for photos to use, I got sidetracked by other photos.  Then, I attempted to organize the pictures so that I could come back to them at a later point and ended up...
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February 12, 2015
There’s a big fat hammer up above, beyond the blue in the sky,” he told me. “It’s just up there waitin’. One day, when you least expect it, that hammer comes streakin’ down on you like Big Pink’s fist. That’s the ultimate test for a boxer, for any...
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February 11, 2015
So many lessons in such a short period of time,that's the story for a bunch of our lives.Enlightened(Up!) or not"Be your Own guide"& relearn to relax. 
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February 11, 2015
A few weekends ago, while my wife was in Jamaica, I took a plunge of sorts. I took, and completed, The Art of Being Human, a two-day immersive course at my local Shambhala Center.
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February 7, 2015
Sitting meditation is practice for living meditatively. When I train my mind to concentrate -- gently focusing on the breath, recognizing when I drift off, and inviting my attention to come back -- while sitting in silence, I'm developing the...
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February 5, 2015
Charlie Brown runs into Lucy in a field. Lucy is playing idly with a football. She invites Charlie Brown to kick it while she holds it. Charlie Brown refuses. Lucy yanks the ball away at the last second every time. But no, she promises, this time...
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February 5, 2015
It’s almost impossible to find content for my children that isn’t focused on the female body. Everywhere I look – whether it be in classic children’s literature, movies, toy store shelves, or catalogues from major retailers – girls and women are...
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January 31, 2015
Sharon Salzberg's Real Happiness 28-Day meditation challenge starts Sunday and runs through February. It couldn't come at a better time.
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January 30, 2015
This post’s posting is attempted through a mobile platform on my phone -- a first for me. I normally work off a laptop, for which I may be holding a burial service. Upon reaching for it to write this post, I dropped it approximately six feet onto a...
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January 29, 2015
Yesterday, I reached into the mailbox expecting to grab The New Yorker magazine.
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January 24, 2015
As a practitioner of Buddhism, I don’t think about myself in terms of gender. I try to cut through such concepts and rest in the true condition of unborn and unceasing luminous emptiness, the ground of being. -- Lama Tsultrim Allione
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