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July 3, 2014
It's happened.While being busy was the new black in 2013 -- 2014 (& hopefully '15?) is all about flourishing towards a peace of mind& DOWNTIME.
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July 1, 2014
Jeff was convinced he’d fallen out of love with his wife, Arlene, and that nothing could salvage their twenty-six-year marriage. He wanted relief from the oppressiveness of feeling continually judged and found wanting. Arlene, for her part, was hurt...
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June 30, 2014
Lately, I've been reading more and more Facebook updates and Huff Post-type articles urging people to "do what you love" and "live your dream".  Considering it's an incredibly difficult economic time and the U.S. has a 6.3% unemployment rate (...
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June 29, 2014
Tenzin Palmo walked into the shrine room, prostrated to the Buddha, took her seat at the teacher's table, and beamed at the 150 people gathered there. Her first words set the tone for a week of teachings: "Ani, you should not be in back. Move up."
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June 26, 2014
I can remember trying to 'feel' the swampy mess of bodily sensations and emotions I felt trapped inside me. What were these squeezings in my chest and throat, this panicked gripping in my abdomen? I knew there was wisdom in the body and that if I...
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June 26, 2014
It happens. Your day breaks, your mind aches… and, well, it all just falls apart before the clock strikes 8. Wrong side of the bed. Haven’t had that first cup of coffee. And all that jazz. We’ve all lived it, and we’ve all seen it happening to...
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June 25, 2014
Amnesty International's new campaign to bring awareness to torture included altered photos of HH the Dalai Lama, Karl Lagerfeld, and Iggy Pop.  However, it's been so distressing to many to see His Holiness represented as a beaten and bruised...
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June 24, 2014
At a weekend workshop I led, one of the participants, Marian, shared her story about the shame and guilt that had tortured her. Marian’s daughter Christy, in recovery for alcoholism, had asked her mother to join her in therapy.
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June 23, 2014
A recent article in The Atlantic magazine reports that kindness is the quality most necessary to create and sustain a happy relationship.  Of course this seems obvious - everyone has an aversion to unkindness - but in practice it's not easy to...
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June 18, 2014
Three seemingly disparate celebrities have lent their images and their names to a new campaign by Amnesty International to stop torture around the globe. 
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June 15, 2014
Dr. John Gottman has spent nearly three decades studying and helping married couples, trying to understand what their interactions reveal about the couple’s chances of staying together or getting divorced. He gradually developed a sophisticated...
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June 14, 2014
From below to aboveAbandon Fear when recognizing the projections of our mind.Let light radiate beyond uncertainty to bring an understanding Evolving complexity by nourishing consciousness through simplicity. KEEPING IT REAL Some of us seem impacted...
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June 12, 2014
Actor Steve Buscemi, a meditator who studies with Pema Chodron, discusses the dharma with a Tibetan nun in this delightful episode of his web series. 
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June 12, 2014
As a younger man I often disparaged items of quality. A well-made shirt, I reasoned, was unnecessary. Items were disposable and had little meaning, so who cares if they were made well?
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June 9, 2014
(The Buddha) relinguished the watcher, and his mind opened into incredible presence. One of the first thing that happens on retreat is that I become aware of my watcher, the voice in my head who congratulates, castigates, and criticizes meand my...
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May 30, 2014
When I began studying Buddhism around eight years ago, a weekend retreat seemed like a big deal. Then I heard about month-long retreats, and thought that must be a vestige of some archaic past. Who can leave their life for a month to go on retreat?...
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May 29, 2014
An Interdependence of Past & Present 2012: Lightness lends harmony to the self
 in stillness, motion & clarity, when 
Bone & skin become 
a stitched fission 
fueling vision.
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May 29, 2014
Whatever challenges a practice presents, there is nothing, but nothing, more prominent than patience. Patience will drive you mad. It will set you free. And it will always be the heart and soul of a meditative life.
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May 28, 2014
The truth is: without a genuine willingness to let in the suffering of others, our spiritual practice remains empty.   Father Theophane, a Christian mystic, writes about an incident that happened when he took some time off from his secular...
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May 27, 2014
“When we’re doing the practice, I get confused between awareness, attention, and intention… it seems that… when I…”  My fellow workshop participant searched for the words, head bowed, eyes darting back and forth along the floor. “Tom?” Arawana...
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May 26, 2014
Mindfulness is like a Russian doll.  Just when you think you have gotten to the biggest doll in the set, you discover that that doll too is inside an even bigger doll.  In mindfulness practice, we are continually discovering thoughts...
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May 24, 2014
Remember the story of the Velveteen Rabbit, the stuffed animal who was loved so deeply by a young boy that he became alive? I've been playing with idea of that as metaphor for being -- only there's no boy. We have to love ourselves into Reality.
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May 22, 2014
"No time to just sit and breathe? Then at least pull up a quick YouTube video of “goats yelling like humans”—a good laugh now and then may give you a mental boost similar to meditation, suggests new research." That's how Time reports on a new study...
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May 11, 2014
It's said, in traditional Buddhism, that over the course of our many lifetimes every being has been our mother. In traditional Asian societies, this was meant to help us see with the eyes of love and compassion.
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May 5, 2014
In re-listening to one of Ethan Nichtern's classes at the IDP, I was struck by something he almost said. In a class about the importance of sangha (the collective level), he stated that if you were all alone in the universe, enlightenment could...
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