Real Happiness At Work: The Myth Of Multitasking

We would like to believe that attention is infinite, but it isn’t. That is why multitasking is a misnomer. The brain can focus only on one thing at a time. We take in information sequentially. When we attempt to focus on multiple tasks simultaneously, what actually happens is that we switch back and forth between […]

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Meditation Practice: A Paradigm Shift

 This article was originally published on the Huffington Post, February 9, 2011. My earliest experiences in meditation were in a context of intensive retreats. It happened to be in India, but it could have been anywhere: a group of people gathered with an instructor in a place we didn’t leave for 10 days or two […]

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Real Happiness at Work

Real Happiness at Work brings the profound benefits of meditation to an area where people could use it most—the workplace. And it’s written by one of the world’s leading meditation teachers. Available as book, Audio CD, or e-book The Real Happiness 28-Day Meditation Challenge – Real Happiness at Work can be purchased from the following […]

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Great Renunciation, Great Realization & Great Brave Mind

  Great Renunciation, Great Realization, and Great Brave Mind  The Buddha’s enlightenment (as is the case with our own enlightenment) is said to have 3 facets — Great Renunciation, Great Realization, and Great Brave Mind (the mind of boundless compassion). In this series, through discourse, discussion and guided meditation, we will explore what these three […]

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Love Your Enemies

How to Break the Anger Habit & Be a Whole Lot Happier Sharon Salzberg and Robert Thurman Buy on Amazon In Love Your Enemies, Sharon Salzberg and Tenzin Robert Thurman draw on ancient spiritual wisdom, modern psychology, and the latest neuroscience to guide us in dealing with troublesome people and situations, and overcoming the real […]

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Why I Meditate

28-Day Meditation Challenge ~ Day -2 Tuesday, January 30, 2015 Why do I meditate? I’m reading the introduction to Sharon Salzberg’s Real Happiness, and she tells all these great stories of people with powerful reasons to sit. But why do I? The neuroscience of somatic attention fascinates me and there is more and more science […]

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Magical Moments: Beginning Practice

Doing anything on a regular basis isn’t my strong suit. Jumping into the chaos others run from is what I’m good at.  My ability to juggle a million variables under the worse possible circumstances is what makes me thrive as a grassroots community organizer,  Sandy disaster case manager, protest medic & deescalation facilitator. Or so […]

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Good at the Beginning

28-Day Meditation Challenge ~ Day -4 Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Our meditation group is listening to a series of dharma talks by Pema Chodron called Noble Heart, about the Bodhichitta Practice. Her description in the introductory talk of the three noble principles captured my imagination. She describes the principles as “Good in the beginning, good […]

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The Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community joins the Real Happiness Meditation Challenge with Andrea D

Hello everyone, It is my pleasure to introduce the Saskatoon Insight Meditation Community to the 28-Day Meditation Challenge 2015. I blogged once before for the challenge in 2012, but this is my first time representing my sangha, and I’m very excited to be a part of this wonderful event! You can read more about our community […]

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Our Naturally Radiant Mind

There’s a very beautiful teaching in which the Buddha said, “The mind is by nature radiant. It’s shining. It is because of visiting forces that we suffer.” One of the things I have always found breathtaking in Buddhist teaching is its inclusivity. The Buddha didn’t say that some people’s minds are radiant and pure but […]

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