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August 27, 2014
“Only a person who is congenitally self-centered has the effrontery and the stamina to write essays.” - E.B. White
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August 26, 2014
I find a cherished mix from '07 & awaken from a full nights rest only to realize while stirring some eggs that I have a teacup of coffee waiting to be sipped. I choose to take my vitamins at a later time & simply make my way to the...
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August 25, 2014
Earlier this month, I wrote about why you might choose to take your meditation practice off the cushion and into the streets this coming September for the historic People's Climate March to address climate change. Now, with the march itself a month...
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August 23, 2014
The happiness or suffering of others is the result of their actions and not my wishes for them.
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August 23, 2014
In June I participated in the Tutu Global Forgiveness Challenge in an effort to revitalize my practice. The Forgiveness Challenge is a 30-day interactive program that integrates videos, recordings, thought exercises, meditations and a personal diary...
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August 21, 2014
My daughter, at water's edge on River Street in Sea Bright, NJ
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August 20, 2014
May you be happy. May you be safe. May you have ease. May you be loved.
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August 19, 2014
I'm posting this on behalf of Thia Reggio, the Pastor of the Astoria First Presbyterian Church. The church has been generously allowing us local Queens residents to use their space for meditation.
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August 18, 2014
Scientific research into meditation typically has focused on mindfulness meditation -- connecting to what's happening in the present moment, particularly the breath -- and has found that it calms the mind and the physical body, reducing the stress...
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August 16, 2014
We crave stories of kindness. How else can you explain why a photo of a grocery store worker tying an elderly man's shoelace goes viral?
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August 14, 2014
As I type, my computer sits on scraps of shaped construction paper and sticker-eyeballs spread about in disarray on our dining room table.  The items are part of crafts projects our town library carefully assembles for children to take home...
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August 13, 2014
Let's just say you were walking with a dear friend, a stranger, and an enemy, and a group of armed criminals stop you by force.  They ask you to choose one person among you to be killed by them.  Which one would you choose?
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August 13, 2014
Is your meditation practice a drag? Is life getting in the way of loving kindness? Has it been a rough week, or just a rough lifetime?
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August 9, 2014
Sunday is a full moon. I could tell even before I checked the calendar, based on the phone calls that came in to the newspaper where I work. That's not unusual -- the callers range from those with tomatoes that resemble Richard Nixon to ones who...
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August 8, 2014
Having conversations about Israel and Palestine is fraught, to say the least. (Jon Stewart nailed it the other week.) I find myself experiencing different kinds of quick reactions to articles, Facebook posts, invitations to attend demonstrations and...
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August 7, 2014
I often feel that my kids are pint-sized Buddhas.  They force me to get all sorts of uncomfortable and face things I'd love to distract away.   They call me out on emotions I'm otherwise quick to dismiss or bury.  And when I...
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August 7, 2014
There are those five minutes after getting a major hairstyle change we wish our entire lives lived in.
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August 6, 2014
Decades ago, a generation of filthy hippies embraced watered-down Eastern spirituality as part of their foul-smelling, communal-living, trail-mix-scarfing quest of self-discovery.
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August 5, 2014
As a Buddhist teacher and meditation instructor, I often sit with my fears about world leadership on the topic of climate change.
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August 5, 2014
It's our 2nd Annual Metta Meditation Challenge!  We're practicing Metta meditation together every day in the month of August.
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August 4, 2014
On August 5, 2012, a man came to a place of spirituality and murdered six people he had never met. Pulling the same trigger, he sent a grandfather into a coma that his family still prays he will wake from. The same trigger sent bullets to riddle the...
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August 2, 2014
A Grand understanding for unraveling its balance. As the month o metta makes an awesome jumpstart, I can't help but feel my souls sigh of relief--in a genuine expansion all about practice.
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August 2, 2014
In his classic book, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind,  Suzuki Roshi succinctly pointed to our original nature as our true nature -- unfabricated, unfiltered, disentangled from preconceptions that color our view. "In the beginner's mind, there are...
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August 1, 2014
It's our 2nd Annual Metta Meditation Challenge!  We're practicing Metta meditation together every day in the month of August. 
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July 31, 2014
When my children were younger I was adamant about having only two-wheeled modes of transport in our house; no trikes, no big wheels, no three-wheeled scooters, no training wheels.  “You’re torturing them,” the grandparents scoffed.  “They...
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