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April 15, 2012
Hi.  I'm skeptical.  Of a lot of things.  I am highly skeptical of people who do yoga.  Dreadfully skeptical of anyone who calls her/himself a Buddhist.  Rabidly skeptical of anyone who does anything I do.  Probably...
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April 14, 2012
If you do not give yourself peace, how can you share it with others? If you do not begin your peace work with yourself, where will you go to begin it? To sit, to smile, to look at things and really see them, these are the basis of peace work. Thich...
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by ambika
April 13, 2012
I just spent the morning at the Park Slope Food Coop doing my work shift in food processing (all members do work shifts), where I wore plastic gloves and placed bulk items in countless plastic bags. And this is a place that works with local farmers...
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April 12, 2012
Here at the Responsible Consumption Test Site, I've been test-driving websites and mobile apps to see how they can help us develop more mindful habits. This week, GoodGuide.com kicked my butt. 
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April 12, 2012
The Buddha Freestyles is a new WEEKLY (yes, I’m back to writing weekly for IDP) column where I will take a quote from hip-hop and occasionally other forms of music and interpret, ironically, how it relates to living a life of mindfulness and...
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April 11, 2012
It's a thing, a rag-in-waiting, a curiosity. It's not lasting happiness, not love, not liberation. Failing to see that leads to suffering.
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April 11, 2012
  It’s not at all unusual to first come around to practice because none of the usual methods for dealing with life seem to work on a long-term basis; relationships have their ups and downs, jobs come and go, money comes in and money goes out,...
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April 11, 2012
Part of my Buddhist practice lately has been an effort to step out of the world of unverified allegations, or taking things in  "good faith", and looking more closely at the facts of my own experience.
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April 10, 2012
Alright, here we go... week 2 of responsible consumption month.  Paper cups used: 0 Yay! Credit Unions joined: 0 Boo! Kindness practiced: lots
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April 10, 2012
I love to read. My first meditation retreats, in India, weren’t completely silent – there were silent days and silent periods – but in any event, I liked the idea of silence. There was a strict guideline though about not reading. That was to keep us...
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April 9, 2012
Last week, I convened a family meeting in order to discuss how to respond to the IDP challenge. With my not-old-enough-for-elementary-school-yet kids seated around the table, I explained that we are going to spend a month “using things less” (or “...
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by ellen s
April 9, 2012
Ah consuming fewer paper towels was going great. I had gotten thru the week and the ample white roll was as plump as ever. It was surprisingly easy how just asking myself, "Do I need to use this?" reduced consumption, and fairly painlessly, too....
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April 7, 2012
Experiencing something as unpleasant is neither a judgment of myself nor the situation. It's just how it is.
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by ambika
April 6, 2012
Back in 2010 when there was the awful BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico I started to think about how much plastic I use regularly, and just how very dependent upon oil we all are right now. Plastic seems to be everywhere, and is so ingrained in my...
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April 5, 2012
As a mindful consumption practice, I'm limiting my diet to foods that humans have eaten for thousands of years. Following Michael Pollan's Food Rules, I imagine my great-grandmother pushing a cart beside me in the grocery aisle. The blue...
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April 5, 2012
More than one person has remarked how our son has a very mature face for a six-week old. Indeed, he can be a pensive, studious baby, and often looks like he’s tackling the great questions of the universe. His mother remarked this morning that he...
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April 4, 2012
So the question is: What do I want? Is it something clothes can give me?
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April 4, 2012
..[T]his month, my effort is simply to do the homework, to do my best to avoid GM foods and see how it goes.   What extra planning is needed?  What foods should I avoid?
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April 3, 2012
For IDP's Responsible Consumption Month we are committing to working mindfully with the momentum of our consumption habits and each choose specific areas of focus.  Here is my pledge:
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April 3, 2012
I live in a house in Barre, Massachusetts, and also stay in a little sublet apartment in NYC in the times that I am there. Both are piled high with books – books I’ve read and don’t want to give up, more often books I’ve bought I intend to someday...
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April 2, 2012
By Jonathan S. Kaplan, Ph.D.
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