Featured Articles and Journals: Fear

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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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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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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July 19, 2014
Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield trained as a monk in Burma 40 years ago; recently, he went back and observed first-hand the seemingly contradictory Buddhist campaign against Muslims there.
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April 30, 2014
Riding the subway is a daily exercise in frustration that really challenges my practice. Coupled with a rather stressful day job, it’s gotten to a point where I feel like I, a fairly mild-mannered person at heart, sometimes end up donning aggressive...
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by Paul S
May 9, 2013
Democracy Now covered a story this week revealed by a Pentagon Report that indicates approximately 26,000 military sexual assaults occurred last year- roughly 70 per day, an increase of 35% from the previous year (19,000). 
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May 7, 2013
My non-practicing Jewish grandparents used to come to synagogue on Friday nights just to hear me sing in the youth choir. “You were the littlest one up there, but you had the biggest voice,” my grandma tells me. That might be true, or it might be...
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April 26, 2013
  I’ve always had a stock of “worst case scenarios” tucked away somewhere in my mind that would fill my heart with dread whenever I was brave enough to consider what life would be like should any of them ever come to pass. Some of these...
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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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by Lani
March 7, 2013
(Photo: Mari Griffin) I did not recognize you as fear Deep vibrating abyssI did not recognize you as fearI did not recognize you as fearBecause your power has the births of many stars in its belly
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by Paul S
March 6, 2013
"I'M HEEEEEEEEEEEEEERE!" Startled by the booming voice and clenching our bathrobes, we looked up to see Dennis Rodman march in with his hands in the air.
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by Joren
February 28, 2013
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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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December 22, 2012
If you're reading this, then you're aware that the world did not end -- despite what many have said the Mayan calendar predicted.
December 22, 2012
If you're reading this, then you're aware that the world did not end -- despite what many have said the Mayan calendar predicted.
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November 19, 2012
Last year, I posted the below article to the IDP blog, at the conclusion of my participation in our first year-long Immersion Training program.   Since then, my path has continued to unfold before me and reveal itself in ways obvious and...
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October 31, 2012
  "'Trust yourself' doesn't mean 'believe your thoughts'.  It means to allow yourself to not know and don't fill it up with an opinion." Sokuzan Bob Brown
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September 3, 2012
After about five years of meditating like my life depended on it, I hit a wall. For the past two months, getting my butt on the cushion has been a struggle and a constant internal negotiation process. Summer felt good. Life felt good. Samsara...
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June 25, 2012
I got snippy with a guy the other day. I could see the surprise on this face, so I realized I needed to turn down the volume. I felt a bit embarrassed and he felt a bit hurt. We went on with our conversation, pretending like nothing...
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June 18, 2012
Life is beautiful and full of pain. When we feel something painful in our hearts, our instinct is to escape. We can be like little kids, seeing a bee and running away in terror.
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May 20, 2012
I hate change.  If the coffee shop runs out of my usual olive oil cake in the morning, I'm shocked and confused and completely dissatisfied with a croissant or a tarte.  When my roommate tells me she's moving in three months, I'm in a...
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by Joren
May 3, 2012
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April 26, 2012
The Buddha Freestyles is a new weekly column where I will take a quote from hip-hop and occasionally other forms of music and interpret how it can relate to living a life of mindfulness and compassion. Have a suggested lyric? Send it over. --
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