Walking Meditation

Walking Meditation

The other night, I was returning home from work when it started to rain. Yet another aggravation in an already hard day… The icy rain felt even colder as the winter wind whistled between the buildings. As the rain turned into sleet and snow, all I could think about was everything I dislike about winter. I imagined yet another year…

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Eating Well for the Challenges of Fall

Eating Well for the Challenges of Fall

Is it just me or do comfort foods start calling your name, too, this time of year? It’s easy for me to eat right in the summer. I’ve got that easy feeling from the warm sunshine that seems to permeate every cell in my body, and there are fresh vegetables to nourish me everywhere I turn. But once we have…

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Choosing Abundance

Choosing Abundance

By Seth Adam Smith “Both abundance and lack [of abundance] exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend…when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present—love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature, and personal…

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Finding a Way to Be with Fear

Finding a Way to Be with Fear

By Tara Brach, Ph.D. Most of us spend a lot of our lives tensed up in fear, or pushing against fear. The fear might be fear of: Something going wrong Not being good enough Not being loved Losing something or someone we hold dear What fears do you live with? The key to being with fear is in contacting what is here now,…

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3 of My Favorite Retreats

3 of My Favorite Retreats

I read a terrific article in Outside magazine about “The Best Meditation Retreats in the U.S.,” and it reminded me that sometimes it’s important to take time for ourselves and get out of our day-to-day routines to really rewire. I was fortunate enough to visit two of the places on Outside’s list, and each of them contributed to my rewiring…

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Magnetism and the Brain

Magnetism and the Brain

How can anyone not love magnets? They’re about as close as we can get to magic, with their ability to move things around invisibly and defy gravity by picking up nails right off the floor. And how about the North Pole, which manages to make a tiny compass needle thousands of miles away point toward it? Physicists long ago determined…

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Writing Haiku for a More Resilient You

Writing Haiku for a More Resilient You

I’m sitting on my suburban New York back porch on a spring day, reading Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years for Tweetspeak Poetry. The wind picks up. I read through explanations of haiku, which are more complicated than one might guess, and I land on the observation that the kireji is a cutting word. I knew that. In a…

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Digital Detox: A 3-Step Program

Digital Detox: A 3-Step Program

I’m the first person to admit that I’m addicted to technology. I’m constantly checking my never-ending inflow of texts, emails, Facebook messages, and Twitter tweets. But I learned a couple of things during my amazing safari in South Africa—and not just about rhinoceroses! The Internet isn’t readily accessible in the veld, and at first I went through a certain amount…

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