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September 17, 2012
"I had an incident in life where I lost my 4 year old daughter in a tragic accident at home. I didn't want to live anymore... I had to change my life. I didn't have a problem with drugs or nothing. I had a problem with thinking. My thinking was...
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September 17, 2012
  An old friend told me he felt like something was missing in his life. He talked about filling a void. He took a new job thinking that would solve it. But the void was still there. He talked about his lack of mindfulness, his habit of over-...
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September 15, 2012
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche defined sacred space as "a space that is recognized with heart and mind, that radiates a particular atmosphere you cannot help but feel."
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September 13, 2012
His Holiness The Dalai Lama, on his facebook page, wrote the following provocative quote:
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by Joren
September 13, 2012
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PMS
September 12, 2012
Here is something I have been thinking about for about 22 years: Pre-Menstrual Syndrome or PMS. Kim's post on crabbiness was the perfect first read this morning. I have PMS right now, as I write this.
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September 12, 2012
Every day we could ask ourselves, 'Am I going to add to the aggression in the world?'
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September 12, 2012
  A friend of mine posted this quote by Deepak Chopra on her Facebook page the other day:  "Every thought you are thinking creates a wave that ripples through all the layers of intellect, mind, senses, and matter, spreading out in wider...
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September 12, 2012
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September 11, 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.
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September 11, 2012
May the causes of violence, both internal and external, cease on Earth. 11 years later, this day still feels important, even if the importance has the quieter tone of a memory you've started to take for granted and pull out of your mental pocket to...
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September 10, 2012
I just aided a weekend workshop at the DC Shambhala Center and one of the students raised a great question, something every social activist or engaged Buddhist has struggled with.
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September 10, 2012
From the Sakkapanha Sutta: 2.2 Sakka asked, ‘What gives rise to jealousy and avarice? What is their origin, how are they born, how do they arise? Owing to the presence of what do they arose, owing to the absence of what do they arise?’ The...
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September 10, 2012
“…feelings like disappointment, embarrassment, irritation, resentment, anger, jealousy, and fear, instead of being bad news, are actually very clear moments that teach us where it is that we’re holding back. They teach us to perk up and lean in...
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September 8, 2012
Loneliness hurts -- not just psychologically.  Elders who report feeling lonely have an increased risk of heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, and depression. Meditation helps.
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September 7, 2012
When I contemplate whether or not I believe in the idea of rebirth or reincarnation, something arises within me that makes me believe that it is not the answer to the question “Does reincarnation exist?” but the exploration of the question that is...
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September 6, 2012
  In the photo above, John holds his 19 year-old dog, Schoep.  He regularly takes Schoep to Lake Superior and cradles him in the water until he falls asleep, as the cool and buoyant water soothes Schoep's arthritic pain.
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September 5, 2012
Michelle Obama's speech was inspiring. I encourage you to watch it. I like her. I might even say I love her, but in her passionate descriptions of her father’s struggles, Mr. Obama’s upbringing, and her and her husband’s very typical (and also rare...
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September 5, 2012
... We have turned into very unnatural beings. But with all our difficulties, we have an opportunity open to us that no other animal has. A cat is the Wonder; but the cat doesn't know that, it just lives it.* But as human beings we have the capacity...
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September 3, 2012
After about five years of meditating like my life depended on it, I hit a wall. For the past two months, getting my butt on the cushion has been a struggle and a constant internal negotiation process. Summer felt good. Life felt good. Samsara...
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September 3, 2012
When we sit in meditation, having a firm tripod of support enables us to be upright and practice for longer periods of time. The posture inspires us to sit firmly on our seat with our buttocks planted firmly on the chair or cushion, and our knees...
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September 3, 2012
(follow Kimberly on Facebook or Twitter) Steve Jobs is now a type of warrior-philosopher deva, living in a mystical palace near his old offices at Apple headquarters in California. 
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September 2, 2012
  (follow Ethan on facebook and twitter) I always consider Labor Day and the beginning of September to be a more pragmatic and realistic New Year’s occasion than whatever happens in January. In fact, many people who question our...
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September 1, 2012
A lot of us have chairs that talk to us, but our chairs are internal. They provide a spot for the inner critic,  the committee that makes us question our buddhahood.
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August 31, 2012
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