Featured Articles and Journals: Anxiety

December 4, 2017
Modern life is anxiety-ridden.  A surprising number of my students have diagnosed anxiety disorders.  Things don’t always go our way, and often it feels like they never do.  We spend inordinate amounts of time planning and...
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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 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 11, 2015
It is hardly necessary, or even necessarily recommended, to follow up Shambhala Level One with Shambhala Level Two: The Birth of the Warrior as quickly as I did.
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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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July 28, 2014
"If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you."- The Coptic Guy
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July 10, 2014
              The body is like a compass in this age of poor navigational signals. We don’t know what to do next, though we feel that we certainly should be doing something next. Our attention and decision-making...
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June 26, 2014
It happens. Your day breaks, your mind aches… and, well, it all just falls apart before the clock strikes 8. Wrong side of the bed. Haven’t had that first cup of coffee. And all that jazz. We’ve all lived it, and we’ve all seen it happening to...
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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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January 7, 2014
A new study by Johns Hopkins University finds that 30 minutes of mindfulness meditation a day may relieve mild anxiety and depression -- as effectively as medication.
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September 9, 2013
Did you ever realize that everything going on in your mind, every thought, feeling, sensation, everything you are aware of, is in fact  happening only in your private internal world?
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June 10, 2013
Honoring my story while putting one foot in front of the other
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May 17, 2013
We all get set off from time to time--we think, hear, see, smell or taste something that we really, really like or we really, really dislike...and suddenly we’re hooked.  Once we’re hooked, it feels as if the armor we normally try to hide...
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March 18, 2013
I have had many people come in talking about ego lately. It got me thinking. All problems arise from the sense of limited fearful separation -- what we call 'ego.' I started contemplating this daily on my morning walks. I examined my fearful...
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March 14, 2013
I was lost. Somehow I had ended up on the other side of lower Manhattan, staring across the water at New Jersey. Which I immediately knew wasn't right.
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February 23, 2013
This morning I moved onto the "Mindfulness of Emotions" chapter. You see, I haven't really been following the program. It has been a difficult time, practice wise, but also quite wonderful. Because I have been experiencing some anxiety lately, I...
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February 16, 2013
This week in Real Happiness we having been working on ‘mindfulness of body.’ Doing body scans, I have become very aware of how anxious and rushed I am. I realized this week how much I have been avoiding this giant piece of mindfulness lately and I...
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February 5, 2013
I was drawn to my first Buddhist mindfulness retreat during a time when my son, Narayan, was four, and I was on the verge of divorce. During a slow, icy drive through a winter snowstorm on the way to the retreat center, I had plenty of time to...
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December 2, 2012
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...
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November 30, 2012
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, the popular Tibetan teacher who abruptly became a wandering yogi in August 2011 to the surprise of his teachers, family and community and had not been heard from since, has indicated in a letter this week that he "is in very...
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by Joren
August 16, 2012
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July 31, 2012
  Ever since I was a teen, my drive to be productive has been a key strategy of what I often refer to as my “wanting self.” When I feel insecure, producing—whether it’s a finished article, a stack of paid bills or a clean kitchen—is my most...
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June 17, 2012
An article in Wired Magazine from March 2012 titled "The Forgetting Pill erases Painful Memories Forever". describes an experimental therapy for removing negative memories to help patients struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), in...
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June 5, 2012
  Sometimes, when our carefully constructed lives seem to be falling apart – when we get a divorce, lose a business, or are laid off, for example – we can torture and berate ourselves with stories about how we’re failures, what we could have...
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February 6, 2012
  Day 5: Real Happiness 28-day meditation This 28 day meditation couldn’t have happened at a better time for me.  I had fallen off the wagon, I wasn’t meditating, my New Year’s Resolution had fallen to the wayside.  I noticed...
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