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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 24, 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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January 20, 2014
In this interview with Oprah Winfrey,  Thich Nhat Hahn recalls a breakfast meeting with Martin Luther King Jr. He was late arriving, but King kept the food warm for him.  Hahn told King that the people of Vietnam regarded him as a...
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January 20, 2014
This month we're discussing mindful consumption, specifically examining our habits around electronics. I study the media's effects on people and have heard people talk about media being an "addiction" for almost 20 years.  There are some really...
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January 18, 2014
When you're making a change in attitude or behavior, you can -- as Tina Turner says -- do it nice and easy, or nice and rough. That's true whether you're singing "Proud Mary" or vowing to spend an hour without electronics for Responsible...
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January 17, 2014
Mindfulness practice provides opportunity to watch my reactions and try to give space to my son as he shares a painful story.
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January 15, 2014
Is mindfulness better than mind wandering?  Maybe yes, and maybe no…. it really depends.  
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January 15, 2014
Confession: I once went over a week without checking Facebook, and thought little of it even though it was an unusual thing for me. So setting an intention for a Facebook-less week as part of the Responsible (e)Consumption Month challenge might seem...
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January 14, 2014
Jazz musician Herbie Hancock has been named the 2014 Norton Professor of Poetry by Harvard. He'll be delivering six lectures, not on poetry per se but telling stories from his personal history, including the interplay between creativity and Buddhism...
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