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February 28, 2014
We make for ourselves a safe space on the cushion to practice working with whatever comes up during our meditation practice. But as IDP founder Ethan Nichtern teaches, taking the work we've done while sitting out into the world...
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February 26, 2014
Sharon Salzberg’s Real Happiness at Work points to the possibility that we could experience and engender happiness at work in a myriad of ways.  The practice of following one’s breath and returning to the present moment can make us personally...
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February 25, 2014
Harold Ramis, who died Monday, was the calm center of antic comedies including "Ghostbusters," "Animal House," and "Groundhog Day," That's no accident -- he was a practicing Zen Buddhist.
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February 25, 2014
For the fourth in the series of my videos promoting Sharon Salzberg's latest book release, 'Real Happiness At Work', I sit down in my workplace and attempt a conversation with two of my bosses who are having a disagreement. The...
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February 24, 2014
Buddhism is a practical philosophy - it's meant to be tried and tested in the "real" world.  It's designed to help us understand where we get in our own way to happiness. To newbies, it sometimes sounds pretty depressing when we talk about the...
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February 23, 2014
Real Happiness at Work Day 23 So why do we do this?  Why do we take time out to sit on a cushion in silence?
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February 22, 2014
You have opportunities every day to step beyond your role at work and act like a whole human being, offer a helping hand, learn the skill outside your scope of work, allow yourself to be helped by others. This will make your life more humane and...
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February 21, 2014
The theme of this week of the 28-day meditation challenge is lovingkindness, and what better way to get the metta flowing than to talk about what to do when we've missed a day of meditation and want to throw the whole practice out the window?
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February 20, 2014
This is the title of an article in the current issue of Tricycle magazine. It consists of two verses and their commentaries from my book Reflections on Silver River. In publishing these excerpts, Tricycle is calling into question the...
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February 18, 2014
Confession: I have been meditating for almost five years now and I still grind my teeth. My dentist was adamant - stop it (she lamented, how many people are not grinding their teeth these days?). I have resisted getting a night guard, because, holy...
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February 18, 2014
At the Wisdom 2.0 conference in San Francisco last week, a panel of Google executives speaking about corporate mindfulness was disrupted by protestors who accuse the company of "appropriating the language of counterculture and Buddhism" while...
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February 18, 2014
  Meditation trains our awareness in present moment attention by strengthening our systematic structures to nurture the courage to connect with others.
February 17, 2014
Psychologists Edward Deci and Richard Ryan study motivation. In particular, they have been interested in what makes people intrinsically motivated at work, school, etc.  The theory, called Self-Determination Theory, states basically that humans...
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February 16, 2014
The workplace is like an incubator for the ego. The fact that we care about our work means that we often become identified with it. Our sense of self-worth can become wrapped up in it, even if the job is not our chosen field or career, but just a...
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February 15, 2014
One day I got home from work and found the electricity was off. I reported it to the power company, which gave me an estimate of 90 minutes or so, but when I called back at that time to check, it wasn't even listed as an outage.
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February 14, 2014
Even a fleeting thought of him made every other aspect of my life seem somehow lighter, more meaningful, and more manageable. An overwhelming well of emotions arose within my heart whenever I’d recall the raspy quality of his voice, the dimple that...
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February 14, 2014
When I sit down to meditate before a hectic brunch shift, I am doing something kind for myself. When I make contact with the cushion after a day of waiting tables, I am making space for myself to feel cared for. Meditation has helped me learn to...
February 13, 2014
School shootings. Devastating storms. Never-ending political scandals. Fear, disgust, and mental anguish are the “new normal.” Life these days is difficult, and you can see the impact on people’s behavior.
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February 13, 2014
Image: Rodolfo Amoedo I wonder if you’ve noticed that when a depressed episode comes on, our bodies feel frozen. Moving feels like trudging through thick molasses, yet the volume of our thoughts are loud and clear: “You’re a loser! You can’t even...
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February 11, 2014
Sharon Salzberg's recommendation to open to what is; be it pleasant or unpleasant, prompts me to use my (cold!) morning walking routine with my dogs to get curious. This is the second in a series of videos promoting Sharon's latest release, "...
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by ellen s
February 10, 2014
  What a tool!
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February 10, 2014
A power company in the United Kingdom has 16 meditation instructors on staff -- to help ease the stress felt by workers who remain after 1,400 are laid off and 700 more are told they'll lose their jobs if they can't get to new offices that are 30...
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February 10, 2014
I sometimes ask people how often they multitask, whether they feel like they need to do it in order to succeed, and how good they are at it.  Not surprisingly, most people say they multitask a lot, that it is necessary for their success, and...
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February 9, 2014
Any discussion of Real Happiness at Work for me would be remiss without a mention of TRAFFIC. When I remarried five years ago, I relocated to my partner’s home across town, which puts me squarely in the jaws of the nation’s worst traffic as I trek...
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February 8, 2014
I'm intrigued by the idea of self-compassion, as described by Sharon Salzberg in "Real Happiness at Work." It feels foreign and exotic to me, like something people do in some remote land just discovered by intrepid explorers. Shangri-la, maybe --...
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