Journals

April 14, 2017
I was recently affected by a tragic act of violence that took the lives of two people I knew. We seem to hear about these kinds of incidents so often these days in America.
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February 5, 2017
This is the final post.  I hope that you have taken these posts as a way to explore your own view of privilege, racism, and bias.  
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by Ngejung
January 19, 2017
One of the most useful teachings I've ever heard in Buddhism was through a story told by Sharon Salzberg, related to me by our teacher and executive director Kim Brown. During Sharon's first visit to India, she was confronted by a purse-snatching...
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August 12, 2015
The bully of years gone by, who stole lunch money or taunted kids about their weight, now seems quaint. Today’s bully has gone digital and is much more empowered because of it. Cyberbullying is the official name for this brand of teasing, and while...
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May 19, 2015
I posted this a while back on a class discussion board but in light of a recent conversation with a few other IDP women, thought I'd spread it a bit wider.  I call it "Tonglen Warm Up for Soccer Moms" (even those neither of my kids...
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April 12, 2015
So I am going to preface this by saying I have never blogged about anything -- ever -- so please forgive me if I have the etiquette all wrong.  Not quite a blog, not quite a poem either.  Anyway, here you go: 
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March 9, 2015
There is more to altruism and kindness than the humanity of it. Research continues to pile up that confirms what many of us can already testify to: there is good in goodness.
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February 17, 2015
A couple came to see me once, and they were very grumpy with each other. They’d had a big fight the previous week, and it was so bad that the woman’s husband had actually packed his bags and was ready to go out the door.
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February 10, 2015
Like most Americans, I make a two-way commute every day to get to work and back home again. It’s an unfortunate but necessary part of my day that I’m perfectly guilty of writing off as time wasted. The whole time I’m in the car is spent either...
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December 16, 2014
It’s that time of year. Self-reflection is at an all time high and our minds are naturally drawn to what we want to keep, discard, or create as a new year dawns. It may also be a time of both greater activity (celebrations, shopping, visitors,...
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December 1, 2014
Is meditation good for your career? According to a recent article in the NY Times, the answer is an unequivocal "Yes." But does this violate the sacredness of the practice?
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November 11, 2014
Someone asked recently about the difference between hypnosis and guided imagery. Many counselors say they use “guided imagery” which they may or may not consider related to hypnosis or hypnotherapy. And if that weren’t confusing enough, sometimes...
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November 11, 2014
I’ve often heard people say that we eat mindlessly. This isn’t quite accurate, though. Actually, while we eat, we spend most of our time daydreaming. This daydreaming is a form of hypnosis. Under hypnosis you can become so focused on the contents...
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November 4, 2014
Sunday sun breaks over Wanaque Reservoir
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November 1, 2014
My most important insights about applying mindfulness to work are grounded in an experience I had as head of the kitchen during a sesshin at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in 1971.
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October 18, 2014
Like so many others, I was shocked and saddened, and also drawn into deep contemplation, on hearing that the beloved actor, comedian and social activist, Robin Williams, had taken his own life. As a hypnotherapist who has worked with many people...
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October 2, 2014
  Practicing dharma is not difficult; it comes naturally. It is free from hassle, and it brings a lot of health. As you practice more and more, you find that practice begins to grow inside your bones, in the marrow. Practice becomes natural. It...
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August 30, 2014
My relationship with drugs has been rocky. One of both love and hate. And the experience I share here is my own. We all own our unique relationship with drugs and I judge no one not because I've been your mother and you mine but because in a very...
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August 22, 2014
This is the first post in a series reflecting my (mis)understanding of the Dhammapada.
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August 22, 2014
In life lots of things get in the way of living in the moment: that untimely pee, train traffic, your boss! What might it mean to live in the moment anyway? Life is not a movie chugging along frame by frame; a sequence of discrete “nows...
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July 28, 2014
There is a moment in Richard Linklater's new film Boyhood when the film's main character, Mason — caught deep in the throes of the most awkward transitional years of high school — realizes that growing up is not necessarily the guaranteed outcome of...
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July 9, 2014
Until recently, I worked for a small agency, in a windowless office in Chicago's West Loop. I was allowed one hour for lunch, during which I took a walk outside whenever possible, reminding myself that the world beyond work was still there and...
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July 2, 2014
I missed my meditation practice yesterday, and I'm worried that it's going to take me forever to get that next gold star.   I'm not kidding.
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June 25, 2014
I've more-or-less kept up with a daily meditation practice for... awhile.  
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