Nutrition & Body Wellness

Daily Connect: True Story

I was planning to write a post today about holiday gift-giving and how we're all under so much pressure to buy presents that we forget what it's like to be generous.  Except on Saturday I started to feel pain around my right eye.  I thought it was probably from grinding my teeth (I have TMJ) but by Sunday afternoon the pain had increased and redness appeared underneath my bottom eyelid. 

What is True Healing?

The True Healing Program was developed as a training to help you relate to your body and mind with acceptance and openness, and discover a sense of peace and ease in your life which doesn't depend on eradicating pain or securing ideal circumstances. So many of us experience physical and emotional pain which we may be unable to fix despite our best efforts to do so. We feel frustrated, disappointed, perhaps even ashamed that we can't solve or correct our problems. Many of us spin our wheels for years trying to get better.

A Conversation About Suffering and Pain with IDP's Kimberly Brown & Dan Cayer

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In this podcast IDP teachers Kimberly Brown and Dan Cayer discuss their experience with both physical and mental suffering, how it informs their teaching, and the ways they've learned to bring patience, kindness, and compassion to themselves.


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Healing the Underlying Condition: Ourselves

Over the last few years, I’ve been hatching a book, tentatively titled, Don’t Get Better. I will periodically share excerpts such as today's installment (which includes a brief exercise at the end). This is from a chapter called, “Healing the Underlying Condition: Ourselves.”

Pain is like a truffle hunting pig, which with its blunt snout digs up uncomfortable emotions.

Letter from a Capsized Boat: Waking Up after Tuesday

I suspect I may never forget the details of this last week, seared into my memory through shock and mass anxiety. Yesterday morning on my commute, the disappointment of several passengers was palpable. Their expressions were downcast, and their bodies were quiet without the usual manic smartphoning. There’s a sense that as our world rearranged itself Tuesday night based on the number of votes, our bodies and heads are slowly rearranging themselves to catch up.

Look for the Buddhas

When bad things happen -- as they do with blinding regularity these days -- along w

Finding Balance in an Unstable World

Like many people, I have been wishing for more balance in my life recently.  The political and social worlds seem chaotic and heartbreaking.  I spend many days chasing after deadlines that I am not sure I care much about.  I would like to spend my time in other ways, ways that feel more refreshing and energizing rather than draining and worrisome.

MRI Meditation, And The Wisdom of Ducking

Last week I had my first MRI. I’ve been having back and neck pain since December and had tried a number of treatments to no significant avail, so this was the next course of action in finding out the cause.


Real Happiness Meditation Challenge Week 3: Whether to Get Up

I am lying in bed, and I want to stay here. It's warm. I'm comfortable. I feel the weight of the comforter, the cat pressed against my leg. And yet I'm not happy. I think about people who greet the day with smiles. I am not one of them. I think about what I have to do today -- nothing much. And I remember this blog post.

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