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February 7, 2014
Once the Buddha was walking through a village when he encountered an angry man who got in his face and began yelling at him, saying things like “You have no right to be teaching others, you’re just a big fake and just as confused as everyone else!”...
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February 7, 2014
"No working life comes without challenges, conflicts, pressures, setbacks, or moments of sheer exhaustion. Happiness at work depends on our ability to cope with the obstacles that come our way and to bounce back, learn from mistakes, make amends...
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February 6, 2014
Some days, I roll out of bed, head to the kitchen for a glass of water, see my best friend and think – what the hell are you doing in my house?  And then I remember: oh yeah, she lives here.
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February 5, 2014
Philip Seymour Hoffman, the marvelous actor who died recently with bags of heroin around him, was interviewed about a year ago by Simon Critchley at the Rubin Museum. The topic was happiness, and it's poignant, almost painful, to listen to now.
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February 5, 2014
I am so loving Sharon Salzberg’s new book Real Happiness at Work, which I agreed to read, put into practice, and blog about for the next month.  This week’s focus was on understanding how gathering our scattered mind through practicing...
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February 4, 2014
When I tell people I work as the Executive Director at The Interdependence Project, a meditation and dharma center, most think I must have the most stress-free job in the world.  Unfortunately, running a busy non-profit with 2.5 employees in...
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February 4, 2014
An invitation to blog in promotion of Sharon Salzberg's latest book release inspires me to investigate my own perceptions of work, which can be limiting, and also shift to be liberating. 
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February 3, 2014
Does Buddhism have a goth side? Take a look at Buddhist Hell, Buddhist vampires, thigh bone trumpets played in charnel grounds, and decide for yourself.
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by ellen s
February 3, 2014
What a gift to work with Real Happiness at Work! I'm an eager participant in these blogs, every year. And not because I'm so good at it, either--rather, I'm happy just to ground myself every time, around this time of year, with these practices.
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February 3, 2014
In Sharon Salzberg's new book, Real Happiness at Work, the first chapter is about balance. She discusses several dimensions to balance, but one that I find fascinating is equanimity.  Equanimity is considered one of the four Heavenly Abodes in...
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February 2, 2014
Mindfulness and meditation are getting a lot of press these days, with a lot of new science coming out and people wanting to find sanity in an increasingly complex world.  We should not be surprised, then, if the press begin to make hyperbolic...
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February 2, 2014
I have "monkey mind." This phrase is used in Buddhist terminology to describe that state of distractible, chattering mind that many of us discover when we start to meditate and try to calm our thought processes.
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February 1, 2014
"That yoga article" featured in xo Jane earlier this week said much, much more than it meant to. 
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February 1, 2014
I am already pretty happy at work. I like what I do, and I like the people I do it with. I know exactly what I'll be doing, but I never know what I'll be doing. (I'm a newspaper editor, and the schedule is the same every day but the content is...
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January 31, 2014
A few years ago I was talking with someone who was about to embark on a street retreat. A street retreat is a safe and guided event in which a group of people pretend to be homeless for a few days — begging for money, finding a way to feed...
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January 31, 2014
Often when we experience pain on the cushion (or elsewhere) we immediately try to problem-solve it away. Should I straighten my back? Do I need a different cushion? We strategize, reaching into our toolbox of body knowledge. What often get skipped...
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January 29, 2014
Pete Seeger, who passed away on Monday at 94, left this world a better place.  What more could anyone hope to have said of his/her life?  I never met Pete Seeger, but from childhood through to this moment I have been influenced, charmed...
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January 27, 2014
In my last post, I discussed how people use media (music, TV, video games, Internet, etc.) to modify their moods and as coping strategies.  On the one hand, both of these uses seem positive and beneficial, at least when used mindfully.
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January 27, 2014
What would the Buddha have to say about the increasing use of unpaid internships to provide labor for a wide variety of industries? While there were no interns in the time of the Buddha, there were other forms of unpaid work, and the Buddha...
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January 27, 2014
The current issue of Time magazine promotes coverage of "The Mindful Revolution: The science of finding focus in a stressed-out, multitasking culture." The story itself is behind a paywall -- you can read the opening anecdote about the author...
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January 25, 2014
Pope Francis this week praised the Internet for the “immense possibilities” it offers to encounter people from different backgrounds; he also warned that the obsessive desire to stay connected can  isolate people from their friends and family.
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January 25, 2014
A fine talk on keeping it real & being Mindful while juggling
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January 23, 2014
Somewhere underneath you right now are two protrusions known as the sitting bones. If you cup your buttocks in the palms of your hands (NSFW?), you’ll feel these prominences which form the southernmost points of the pelvis. Try slumping back and you...
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January 22, 2014
Around the first few months of waking up from my near death experience in late 2010, I used to share with some friends: 
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January 22, 2014
I'm on vacation in sunny Thailand this month, and having only irregular and limited internet access has been a godsend.
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