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March 25, 2013
Welcome to the next Contemplation Station: Barre, Massachusetts. I am being a bit selfish in bringing you here. I am going to an Insight Meditation Society retreat at the end of this week (my first!) and I would like to get to know the lay of the...
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March 20, 2013
Am I everything or am I nothing?Rumor has it that a bunch of students asked Buddha whether there is a self or there is no self.  Wisely, he refused to answer.
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March 12, 2013
  I think something weird is happening with my phone.
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March 6, 2013
Where am I not walking the walk?  Dr. Jeffrey Rubin posed this question in the first class of Spiritual Awakening NOT Spiritual Bypassing on Monday night, and inspired me to ask myself. Sometimes I focus on my successes; when my intention to...
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February 27, 2013
I captured this photo of a trash can in downtown Brooklyn last year.  Since then, I have seen these Love Yourself stickers all over New York City.  I even found one with the paper still on and stuck it on the back of my phone.  I...
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February 26, 2013
In mindfulness meditation we train in shamatha—peaceful abiding. This is basically the ability to hang out with and be curious about our experience, whatever our experience is. Through shamatha, we learn that our experience is valid and worthy.
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February 13, 2013
Dear IDP Community,As our online presence continues to grow, it's important that everyone understands The Interdependence Project website policy.  We offer three ways to interact with us online: via the official Blog, through personal Journals...
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February 5, 2013
The IDP Mindful Writing Workshop is meeting this Saturday, February 9, 1-3pm, so I thought I'd write a little bit about writing workshops.
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February 1, 2013
In partnership with the Insight Meditation Center community and Sharon Salzberg and in honor of Sharon Salzberg’s powerful book “
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January 29, 2013
  Starting a new piece of writing is a fantastic opportunity to practice. A few weeks ago I wrote about how to tackle the smushy blob of too much work. But often when you’re beginning a piece of creative writing, there is no clear path from
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January 14, 2013
When I first started IDP’s Yearlong Immersion Training two years ago, I was intensely consumed with all kinds of doubts and questions about whether or not I would ever be well suited enough to be a dharma teacher. I also wondered if a year was a...
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January 7, 2013
  Sitting in a rehearsal studio on Saturday morning with about twenty strangers at a trauma relief training workshop, I found myself wondering about the value of stories. As a writer, that’s an almost blasphemous thing to admit. But as I...
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January 6, 2013
Sunday evening is the weekend's last hurrah, the time when weekday workers begin to look at the week ahead. It's a perfect time to look at not only what challenges we face but what we bring with us, what we are grateful for. Take a deep breath and...
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December 31, 2012
Apple COO Tim Cook. Frank Lloyd Wright. Tolstoy. The Italian Futurists. What do all these folks have in common? They all set their intentions and wrote them down. Here’s a snippet from the colorful Italian Futurist Manifesto: 
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December 31, 2012
Today I am grateful for: -- This precious human birth -- The bodhisattva activists who don't shy away from looking at the world's pain -- Compassionate space and all those who hold it. -- Rituals -- like Champagne and celebrations. -- Always...
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December 30, 2012
Today I am grateful for: -- Unscheduled time -- Friends -- and lunch yesterday with one who sparks so much insight and joy in me -- Life on life's terms.   What are you grateful for? Write it in the comments below or share it on Twitter #...
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December 28, 2012
Today I am grateful for: -- My brother, whose birthday is today -- My son, who goes back to his own home today. yikes! -- new (to me) music. What are you grateful for? Write it in the comments below or share it on Twitter #idpgratitude This is a...
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December 27, 2012
Today I am grateful for: -- Deep thinkers, who frame my thoughts so much more eloquenty than I can -- the two meditation students who came to class last night despite the snow -- and the warm, settled, centered energy we shared -- my sweet spouse,...
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December 26, 2012
Today I am grateful for: -- time together -- awareness of what arises -- holiday lights, including stars and planets What are you grateful for? Write it in the comments below or share it on Twitter #idpgratitude This is a community space where you...
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December 25, 2012
Today I am grateful for: -- the world turning -- being together -- JRR Tolkein What are you grateful for? Write it in the comments below or share it on Twitter #idpgratitude This is a community space where you can list whatever you're grateful for.
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December 24, 2012
Today I am grateful for: -- santa -- cookies -- the buddha, dharma, and sangha
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December 23, 2012
Today I am grateful for: -- the plastic thing I wear at night that keeps me from grinding my teeth -- glasses that make it possible to see beyond my nose -- a new beginning in each moment What are you grateful for? Write it in the comments below or...
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December 22, 2012
Today I am grateful for: -- health care savings account -- family -- children and spouse who cook What are you grateful for? Write it in the comments below or share it on Twitter #idpgratitude This is a community space where you can list whatever...
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December 20, 2012
Today I am grateful for: -- airlines connections that happen -- holiday parties (and the people who plan them) -- running into friends What are you grateful for? Write it in the comments below or share it on Twitter #idpgratitude This is a community...
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December 19, 2012
Today I am grateful for: -- This incredible collection of photos of President Obama, his colleagues, and family. Policies aside, what a human! and what great photos. -- a day to wrap and send presents, do errands, etc -- banter. and silence.
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