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November 28, 2014
A random read we can possibly learn from.
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November 27, 2014
I used to make the joke that my husband talked me into having children.  I’ve since stopped, realizing it was not that much of a joke, nor was it terribly funny.  Having children wasn’t something I dreamed about nor longed to do.  In...
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November 27, 2014
Join IDP's Annual Gratitude Journal!  Every day, starting today and posting daily through January 1, we'll list what we're thankful for in the comments section below.   
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November 26, 2014
One of my most hated noises is the low and ominous drone of a vacuum cleaner. As a kid, when I arrived home from school and heard a vacuum cleaner, I knew my mom was already upset about something.
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November 25, 2014
All day I’ve been considering what is an appropriate statement for me to make about last night’s announcement that a grand jury has failed to indict Dennis Wilson, the police officer who killed Michael Brown.   Some would say that I should...
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November 25, 2014
Grief is an appropriate response.  I feel it running down my spine, pooling in my legs, and pouring into the earth I pray can hold all this.  Last night, the grand jury in Ferguson Missouri released their decision not to indict...
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November 22, 2014
The whole world is watching Ferguson, Missouri, as a grand jury verdict is expected any day on whether to indict a police officer who shot an unarmed black man. That action led to protests, arrests, and boiling anger. In advance of the grand jury...
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November 21, 2014
I used to dread grocery shopping.  Even thinking about it made me want to run screaming. The fluorescent lights, the cold grey surfaces, and the utilitarian feel of the activity. I hated that I hated it, and hated that I couldn’t seem to feel...
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November 16, 2014
Accepting the inevitability of death is woven throughout the Buddha's teachings. So why are Buddhists so upset at the news that Thich Nhat Hanh may be near death?
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November 14, 2014
Buying gifts for the people in your life is, obviously, an entire branch of science unto itself. What you’re communicating with your choice of gift is going to be either intentionally or unintentionally heartwarming or frustrating. Knowing which it’...
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November 13, 2014
What I immediately think about doing when my daughter hits me, and what I do, are vastly different in their mind-states, energy, and lasting effects on both of us.
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November 12, 2014
The rumor began swirling around the Internet that beloved and loving teacher Thich Nhat Hanh had died. Then it was said that he was in a coma. Soon his closest student, Sister Chan Khong, clarified that he is alive, in the hospital but "OK."
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November 11, 2014
I just found out that I'm about to lose my job. Yes, again.
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November 8, 2014
On Election Day, I was doing a practice of mudita, appreciative or empathetic joy. Like in metta practice, you choose a neutral person, a loved one, and an irritating person. In this case, you look to feel happiness in their happiness, taking joy in...
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November 7, 2014
Sometimes being a nice person, brimming with cordiality and never being a bother to your fellow humans is not always a good thing.
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November 6, 2014
Watching my son sail off into the sunset on his skateboard, I am reminded of not only his first introduction to the art of shredding but also prompted to look deeper at the way in which I approach fear.
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November 3, 2014
When you go on a retreat, there's always a talk near the end about transitioning back to "the real world." You've been in a place where people are mindful and intentional, less stressed by the details of daily life. You're about to re-enter the rat...
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November 1, 2014
You know how it is when you're thinking about something and you begin noticing it everywhere? For me, this week, it was karma. I looked up the lyrics to a song and learned I could earn "karma points" by making corrections. I think those are like the...
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October 30, 2014
According to knives.com, the cutting-edge parenting resource, the recommended age in years when children can be introduced to knives, while supervised,  is two to three.  And, although it feels obvious that their research might be strongly...
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October 30, 2014
There’s a new small Buddha statue in our apartment. After years of sitting in front of nothing, I decided to put together a shrine of sorts. As it turns out, all that advice to do so was valuable. There’s something more dedicated about the practice...
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October 28, 2014
For anyone who wishes to take their meditation and mindfulness practice to the next level, it is now possible to obtain a Master of Arts in Mindfulness Studies at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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October 27, 2014
Although humans like to believe that we’re rational cognitive creatures, we're actually fundamentally very emotional creatures. You might expect that we would be good with something that we have had experience with our whole lives. Yet one of...
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October 25, 2014
The Buddha, as a man who left his wife and young child to seek enlightenment, doesn't give a lot of advice on marriage. As one of my teachers says, if you're having difficulty in your romantic relationship, is a celibate monk the best person to ask...
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October 24, 2014
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