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June 13, 2016
I have never been on a Buddhist meditation retreat before, and I had no idea what to expect from it. I was nervous at first because the longest I had ever meditated in one sitting was 25 minutes straight, I could not imagine doing that on and off...
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June 13, 2016
On the Buddha's Eightfold Path, right speech is followed by right action. So it's no surprise that the opposite happens -- that hate-filled speech is followed by hateful action. If words are used to demonize people, if laws are proposed to separate...
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June 12, 2016
A modern koan -- Question:  Do you have Buddha Nature?  Answer:  Well, duh. The concept of "Buddha Nature" is often difficult to understand, but it is a radically optimistic doctrine.  It says that not only are we responsible for...
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June 10, 2016
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.  
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June 3, 2016
I can only speak for myself, and I am pretty good at doing that. Like many of us, I am quite accomplished at weaving my own narrative. The internet has broken down many - if not most - of our collaborative cultural tapestry-narratives by giving each...
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June 2, 2016
Meditation and mindfulness apps are all the rage these days. There are literally hundreds. I’m not particularly interested in debating the merits of these apps (if you are interested in this, I highly recommend the comments section of this article...
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June 1, 2016
Before we reach real understanding and wisdom about our emotions, we first need a clear idea of what they are and how they work. Emotions get their power from a simple but deep-seated source: our lack of self-knowledge.
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May 29, 2016
Warning – I describe in some graphic detail the recuperation from a surgery.
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April 29, 2016
What does meditation look like beyond mindfulness? I made this infographic to offer a quick overview of the three levels of meditation: Presence, Stillness, and Inquiry. Feel free to share.  
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February 28, 2016
The first time I learned lovingkindness meditation, or metta, I was at a weekend retreat a couple of hours away from my house. As I drove home, I sent the standard wishes to the other drivers -- May you be safe, may you be happy, may you be healthy...
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February 25, 2016
The New York City Subway is not exactly the first place that comes to mind when we hear the phrase “Lovingkindness.” Lovingkindness, or “Metta,” is a meditation practice that captures the expression of tenderness towards oneself and other beings.
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by ellen s
February 24, 2016
This last week of the Real Happiness Challenge is about practicing Metta, or Lovingkindness meditation, which means meditating on wishes of goodwill toward a set of people or beings in a variety of categories.
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February 23, 2016
The meditation which has been most beneficial to me, and both the easiest and most difficult to practice, is Lovingkindness or Metta meditation.  Week Four of the Real Happiness Challenge is devoted to Metta, which involves repeating phrases of...
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February 21, 2016
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...
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February 18, 2016
We all have our ways of running for cover during periods of emotional turbulence.  Food, drink, drugs, Netflix, Facebook, Instagram…the list goes on and on. What we all have in common is that when faced with the suffering that comes with being...
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February 16, 2016
Me and my mind this week:   Sometimes my thoughts are relentlessly demanding and negative.  Often I'll react to them by ignoring them or trying to push them out of my mind by concentrating on something else like my work or a book or a...
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February 15, 2016
You've fallen off the cushion. The negative emotion garbage monster has proven too tough to ever defeat. You've tried your luck with "spiritual bypassing," but even that stopped working after a bit – you remained a fidgety neurotic and nasty gossip...
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February 14, 2016
Maybe you've seen some of the dozens of stories about coloring as the new meditation. People who know I meditate send them to me and ask what I think  -- which is that coloring is not actually meditation, but it can be done meditatively.
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February 12, 2016
In a talk last year at the New York City Shambhala Center, angel Kyodo Williams said that if your practice isn't in some way alleviating suffereing, you should change practices.
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February 11, 2016
Hello, friends from IDP! Here I am! See me waving from Southern California? I'm sweating a bit. We are having a "mid-winter heat wave" here in Los Angeles. Ninety degrees in February! It's hard to pick the right socks to wear when the mornings are...
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by ellen s
February 10, 2016
The New Hampshire primary ended last night, with Bernie Sanders pulling in the Democrats  
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February 9, 2016
Like a lot of New Yorkers, I'm a busy person!  Rushing from place to place, answering endless emails, Facebooking, Instagraming, Twittering, drinking coffee, attending meetings, scheduling, writing a class outline while riding the subway,...
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February 8, 2016
“DE is a way of doing. DE simply means doing whatever you do in the easiest most relaxed way you can manage which is also the quickest and most efficient way, as you will find as you advance in DE.You can start right now tidying up your flat, moving...
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