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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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January 14, 2014
At the start of last night's awesome group for the "Finding Your Path " class series, I mentioned how frequently it now happens that a note appears in my various feeds, linking to new scientific research demonstrating the positive effects of various...
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January 13, 2014
I wasn't sure if I wanted to teach meditation when I handed in my application for IDP's Yearlong Teacher Training & Dharma Immersion Program. I knew I loved IDP, that Ethan Nichtern is a skilled teacher, and that I wanted to learn more for the...
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January 13, 2014
I have a graduate student who is pursuing her PhD in Apparel Marketing, and is particularly interested in considering the relations between mindfulness, self-compassion, and consumption of luxury brands.  We're interested in several things. One...
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January 11, 2014
January Is IDP Responsible eConsumption Month, and I've been observing it by not turning on electronic devices during the first hour I'm awake. The experience has been as different as the days.
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January 10, 2014
As a young boy I prayed to God every night, begging him to transform me into a superhero. I was very specific with this request and told him I’d settle for just two superpowers: the ability to fly and superhuman strength. Why? Because I was 10...
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January 9, 2014
To listen is to lean in softlyWith a willingness to be changedBy what we hear – Mark Nepo  
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January 9, 2014
Here is a question that was sent to me by one of the community members: In Tibetan Buddhism, it seems a Teacher (Guru) -- Student relation is very important. It seems almost impossible for a student to go throughthe path without finding his/her own...
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January 8, 2014
Today, Huffpost Live featured IDP member Jon Rubenstein and teacher Kate Johnson in a segment about the #IDPBeFree Pledge.
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January 8, 2014
I took the IDP Be Free pledge to be free of electronics, and chose to turn off my electronics during the dinner hour.  Here is the pledge:  
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