Nutrition & Body Wellness

Dharma Connect: Harvard Offers Meditation Hotline

Imagine the stress faced by students at the nation's top universities, particularly one as competitive and proud as Harvard.

Now imagine the pressure on the people who have to deal with them -- faculty, administrators, other Harvard employees.

Dharma Connect: The Interdependence of Coca-Cola

There's a Zen meal chant that says, "72 laborers brought us this food; we should know how it comes to us." If the meal involves a can of Coke, that's a serious understatement.

Searching for a Self, Scientifically

IDP's Fall 2012 class series, "In Search of the Self," explored the many ways we construct ideas about who we are and reviewed several Buddhist theories on how we create a sense of self and why we cling to it. It's a fascinating subject, of course -- who are we? Why do we react the way we do? How do we build our sense of self -- and how do we deconstruct it.

28-Day Meditation Challenge Day 12: What I Learned from Body Scans

Before I started meditating I took yoga classes for several years. I was no poster girl for yoga, but I did develop a familiarity with my body's mechanics.  So I was pretty smug when I was introduced to mindfulness of body. I knew my body.
Thing is, I knew how my body worked (or didn't). I knew how it looked. I didn't know how it felt.

Interdependence and Our Relationship to Animals

Exploring our openness to and cultivating respect for animals is an important practice in compassion and empathy.

28 Day Meditation Challenge: What Day IS It?

So I think we are starting Week 2, but, Wait! Wait! I am still working on concentration. Wait! Wait! I have been doing this since 2008 and I am still on Week 1. Jeez, Meredith, hurry up and get it together. Get with the program! OR REAL HAPPINESS WILL CONTINUE TO ELUDE YOU!

Wow! Do any of you notice those feelings? I like Sharon's description about how miserable we make ourselves. She gives the example of eating an apple, wishing we were eating a banana, and then desiring a mango. In my case, my mind goes to wondering why I don't have a whole fruit tree!

Bodhisattvas: Strike! Dance! Rise!

In order to find a solution we first have to recognise that there is a problem. Then we can get to work on how the problem can be solved. ... Both men and women need  to publicize and condemn any abusive behavior of which they are aware and to support and aid the victims of such cruelty. Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

Minding Your Mouth: Giving Up Gluten?

"..it took the support of my mindfulness practice to "break the chain" of habitual eating and embrace a gluten-free lifestyle."   

Mindfulness in Action: The Mind With Heart Network

In this article posted in The Guardian, The Mind With Heart Network is described as dedicated to giving children the space to “investigate what happiness, empathy, altruism, and compassion are.” Founded by a group of four educators in the UK in 2010, the organization offers a mindfulness curriculum and trainings to teachers all over the world who are willing to participate.  

28 Day Meditation Challenge: Setting Up To Practice

In Real Happiness, Sharon Salzberg begins by explaining some of the basics of a mediation practice. Since I have a practice, I thought I would share some of my basics.

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