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January 21, 2015
A Buddhist teacher I respect a great deal once proclaimed a warning about meditation: Don't do it unless you're willing to change. If you're one of the two gazillion people aiming to launch a meditation practice in this new year, please heed that...
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January 18, 2015
Everyone wants intimacy.
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January 15, 2015
When I conceived this video, I felt an enormous, burdensome weight of self doubt, judgment, and anxiety.  I questioned whether shooting it was the right thing to do.  Did its content fall in line with the message I want to share with...
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January 15, 2015
So I guess it’s time to follow through on those New Year’s resolutions… I’m reminded of a quote, “We overestimate what we can accomplish in the short term, and we underestimate what we can accomplish in the long-term.” I have not underestimated my...
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January 14, 2015
“You wouldn't listen to someone named Bonerman26 in real life. Don't read the comments.” -@AvoidComments
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January 11, 2015
It would feel dishonest not to write about the events of the past week since that's what's been on my mind and in my practice. But it's very raw and fresh and confusing, and there's already been so much written in an attempt to make sense or...
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January 8, 2015
Here are six ways to practice speech that are simultaneously effective tools for better communication, straightforward practices to develop greater ability, and effective methods for waking up and being present in our lives. In order to step out of...
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January 7, 2015
My teeth clench. My muscles grow rigid. I brace myself as if for an oncoming attack.
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January 3, 2015
"The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice," the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr said in Selma, Alabama. Karma says we each ultimately get what we deserve. If justice is inevitable, what do we do right now? Does it matter? It is,...
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December 24, 2014
The holidays can be a difficult time. Seen through a Buddhist lens, they embody the worst of our expectations and clinging, and the subsequent disappointments when those expectations are not met. “The most wonderful time of the year” can scarcely...
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December 20, 2014
This has been a week of intense cookie-baking, which equates to infinite opportunities to see the dharma in action.
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December 16, 2014
This time of year can be extremely challenging for many of us. There's all kinds of pressure and expectations in the air. Strained family relationships often come to a head, and memories of past holidays have a way of creeping their way back into...
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December 15, 2014
During the holiday season, please take some time off to take care of yourself, your loved ones, and friends.
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December 13, 2014
The Buddha said that if you practice lovingkindness, or metta, meditation, you will experience scores of benefits (well, 11 specific ones). His list did not mention that you will have a better time at parties. Add that.
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December 11, 2014
  As a child who grew up in a one-tv household, without cable, banned from watching MTV at friends' houses, and now a parent running a family without cable and with minimal screen-time, the introduction of a gaming device into our home felt as...
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December 8, 2014
Living far away from IDP I sometimes struggle with the idea of membership or donating to an organization that's so far away, knowing I can't participate in many of the events or programs. There's this common perception that 'charity begins at home...
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December 6, 2014
At this time of year, hope takes center stage. Children draw up lists of presents they hope Santa will deliver. Everyone who lives north of a certain point hopes for a picturesque white Christmas -- enough snow to make it pretty but not enough to...
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December 4, 2014
The behavior of my son’s new friend was not in accordance with the set of standards to which I hold my own kids.  In addition to the friend’s unfavorable behavior, it also seemed like – and I don’t want to misdirect any pointe
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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 29, 2014
  What happens to a dream deferred?
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November 28, 2014
A random read we can possibly learn from.  
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November 27, 2014
I used to make the joke that my husband talked me into having children.  I’ve since stopped, realizing it was not that much of a joke, nor was it terribly funny.  Having children wasn’t something I dreamed about nor longed to do.  In...
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November 27, 2014
Join IDP's Annual Gratitude Journal!  Every day, starting today and posting daily through January 1, we'll list what we're thankful for in the comments section below.   
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