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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 13, 2014
I have a graduate student who is pursuing her PhD in Apparel Marketing, and is particularly interested in considering the relations between mindfulness, self-compassion, and consumption of luxury brands.  We're interested in several things. One...
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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 10, 2014
As a young boy I prayed to God every night, begging him to transform me into a superhero. I was very specific with this request and told him I’d settle for just two superpowers: the ability to fly and superhuman strength. Why? Because I was 10...
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January 9, 2014
To listen is to lean in softlyWith a willingness to be changedBy what we hear – Mark Nepo  
January 9, 2014
Here is a question that was sent to me by one of the community members: In Tibetan Buddhism, it seems a Teacher (Guru) -- Student relation is very important. It seems almost impossible for a student to go throughthe path without finding his/her own...
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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 6, 2014
In a recent discussion with old friends, we pondered different ways of experiencing the “self.”  One felt that the self was something true that can be found and held dear.  This could be accomplished, in her example, through painting -...
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January 6, 2014
If resisting change creates suffering, how can we address climate change in a way that is compassionate to the ecosystem and ourselves?
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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 3, 2014
We’re often being pressured to try any number detox diets, fasting programs, and master cleanses that promise to rid our bodies of toxins, shed pounds of unwanted body fat, increase our energy levels, and heighten our senses. Improved health,...
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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 30, 2013
It's the time of year when we are most often asked to "think of the less fortunate." But what if we felt empowered to take action that might actually help them? #OpSafeWinter, inspired by the lessons learned at Occupy Wall Street and from teachers...
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December 28, 2013
"Can you be a decent person and buy R. Kelly's Music?" the headline asks
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December 27, 2013
I'm not a big fan of the word "resolution" because there's something very rigid about it, and goal-setting in the usual sense can set you up for failure and frustration. Having an intention, however, is like planting some seeds with the...
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December 24, 2013
For most of us, this is an extremely charged time of year, emotionally and otherwise. The pressure and the expectations around Christmas and New Year’s Eve are intense enough to tempt even the most tranquil of Buddhas among us...
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December 23, 2013
  Physicists have reported the discovery of a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and challenges the notion that space and time are fundamental components of reality, Wired reports.
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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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