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August 16, 2012
"The Mindful Activist" is a monthly blog where I attempt to share what I experience as my Buddhist practice converges with my political and social interests. If any fellow "activists" (also called engaged citizens, bodhisattvas, or humans) want to...
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by Joren
August 16, 2012
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August 15, 2012
Is meditation relaxing?
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August 14, 2012
When I was in college, I went off to the mountains for a weekend of hiking with an older, wiser friend of twenty-two. At one point, my friend described how she was learning to be “her own best friend.” A huge wave of sadness came over me, and I...
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August 13, 2012
(follow Kimberly on Facebook or Twitter) Here in the U.S., we love to have a lot of choices.  Our supermarkets and department stores are filled with nearly identical products (there are literally 20 different brands of chocolate at my local...
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August 12, 2012
(follow Ethan Nichtern on Facebook or Twitter) I love the Olympics. I just watched the USA Basketball team win a close game against Spain for the Gold Medal, and found myself rooting for Lebron James for the first time...um...ever. I think...
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August 11, 2012
Economics isn’t just about money and material benefits, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said. It is also about understanding and promoting “the enhancement of well-being.”
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August 10, 2012
After about two years of meditation practice, two years of off and on, here and there, but sitting in my bedroom by myself, meditation practice, a heavy blanket of confusion has been dissipated in my life, and I am able to handle life with a bit...
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August 10, 2012
A few months ago I was at the Met with my friend Erik, when he very politely excused himself to the next room, reappearing moments later. I didn't think much of it, until an hour later when he excused himself again. A little quirky, a little...
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August 9, 2012
Every time I fall into thinking that something will make me happy, I fail. This might even be the definition of failure. Everything fails us when we expect it to cause happiness.
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August 9, 2012
After our son was born, nearly six months ago, I marveled at the lessons he taught me. His determined effort to self-soothe was clear, even as was incapable of the act. His attention to the importance of every step was inspiring. He treated every...
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August 8, 2012
Making your bed trains the mind and makes the magic possible.
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August 5, 2012
Out Of a great need We are all holding hands And climbing. Not loving is a letting go. Listen, The terrain around here Is Far too Dangerous For That. Hafiz, Sufi poet and mystic PEACE TO EVERYONE EVERYWHERE ! *Thanks, Stan Lee
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August 4, 2012
*Playfulness as a Practice*I think there's something wildly playful about embracing how completely and compellingly alive we are. Have you ever practiced the mindfulness exercise of sitting in concentration and asking your senses to come alive, one...
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August 4, 2012
Buddhism is a journey without goal, a road to nowhere, the groundless ground. So summer travel shouldn't be an obstacle to practice, right?
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by Joren
August 2, 2012
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August 2, 2012
On retreat this week, the teacher, the fantastic Jenny Bondurant,  said that the meaning of "sacred" is our direct experience of form, feeling, perception, thoughts, and consciousness. To find the sacred is not to empty ourselves of these, but...
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August 1, 2012
I'm not telling you to make the world better, because I don't think that progress is necessarily part of the package. I'm just telling you to live in it. Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it, but to live in it....
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July 31, 2012
  Ever since I was a teen, my drive to be productive has been a key strategy of what I often refer to as my “wanting self.” When I feel insecure, producing—whether it’s a finished article, a stack of paid bills or a clean kitchen—is my most...
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July 30, 2012
I'm a big geek when it comes to stories about brave warriors battling the forces of darkness and tyranny. So naturally, I was excited about Game of Thrones, the show on HBO about seven medieval kingdoms battling to rule over a fantasy...
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July 27, 2012
I like to give people advice.  If someone gives me a chance to say what I think, I jump at it. So when someone talks to me about how difficult their life is, I listen deeply, because my turn to speak is coming. (Tongue and cheek implied.)
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July 26, 2012
What is the source of true happiness?
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July 26, 2012
The flowers open in early morning and wither during the following night.
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