Category: Body-Mind

Nov 22

Spontaneous Gratitude

We have a yearly holiday in this country, Thanksgiving, in which we are to give thanks for our blessings. It’s a nice tradition, and one in which people of all religions can partake. Of course spiritual teachings encourage us to have gratitude all year round.  We may even make a list, or create a “gratitude …

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Oct 30

Opening to possibility

Do you ever wish you could do something, but it seems impossible? Or improbable.  It may not fit in with the image you have of yourself, and your relationship to the world. When we were children, we seemed capable of imagining many things. We could play games and slip into different roles, become anything we …

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Jun 22

Back to the body, back to the breath

Teachers always say to get into the habit of practicing mindfulness when your life is relatively peaceful. This will help you when things get challenging—as they do and will for everyone at some point in their lives. I speak on, write about, and practice mindfulness.  However, the latter, the practicing part, can be the hardest …

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Mar 27

Inner Work, Outer Work: Plant The Seeds for Change

All of us want to achieve particular things in our lives. It’s the nature of human beings to always think, create, innovate. We want to move the external pieces, create new pieces, combine them in new and interesting ways—whether that has to do with family, career, art, or public service. But it’s interesting to remember …

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Dec 22

Make a Choice

The holidays are here, and many of us feel some anxiety around family, events, celebrations. We’re told it’s a joyful time, but we may not always feel that way. Worries and concerns are not so easy to lay aside. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, it is said that we each have a place of refuge …

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Sep 30

Body and Mind

Our bodies and minds are part of the same system, and what affects one, affects the other. Two Stanford University researchers named Marilyn Oppezzo and Daniel Schwartz conducted experiments on how the way we move our bodies affects the nature of our thoughts, and the way we think affects our bodies.  Their research showed that …

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Apr 27

Neurons that fire together wire together

There’s a saying: Neurons that fire together wire together. Neurons are brain cells, and when we fixate on a thought or emotion, the neurons “fire” or set off a reaction in the brain. These neural firings change the very structure of our brains. Think of it this way: If you were riding a bike, and …

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Feb 24

Use the mind to change the brain

In a world where medication can change our minds in an instant, meditation, which uses the mind to change the brain, can be a hard sell. Medication for certain people in particular situations can be very helpful. But I don’t know if medications can change the structure of the brain for the better. What does …

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Jan 27

Find a New View

Here in the Northeast, days are cold and short in January. It’s a time to stay in a lot, and to act in harmony with nature. Nature is in a state of rest. And while we have to continue working, perhaps we can now do it in a way that is more in tune with …

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Dec 22

Take in the Good

It’s holiday time, and we will soon welcome in a new year.  Whatever your religious orientation or belief system, it’s hard not to get caught up in the energy of this season. Whether you are taking part in a gathering or spending this time alone, whether this holiday season brings good feelings or difficult ones, …

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