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Meditation for the 99%

Nov 30, 2018

Despite the Republican Party’s insistence that anyone who struggles to pay the bills must be lazy, Americans like to hustle. The story of the ancient Indian whose journey led to the creation of Buddhism shows how striving, especially for perfection, only leads to more suffering.

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Nov 20, 2018

The trick to being around family during the holidays is, counterintuitively, going easy on yourself.

Self-compassion won’t convince your uncle that his support for Trump is support for white supremacy or stop your grandmother from judging you for not going to church. But it will give you a little bit more freedom to...

Nov 12, 2018

I'm a believer in the power of daily meditation. While I’m not a believer in “shoulds,” you should meditate every day, because mindfulness — calmness, clarity, the ability to pay attention — mostly fades away during sleep.

If that sounds like work, like one more task on a never-ending to-do list,...

Nov 12, 2018

There’s a well-known metaphor that likens mindfulness, the product of meditation, to the sun. Openness and clear thinking are always available to us, yet they’re obscured by clouds of thoughts and emotions.

But I think the moon is the more useful comparison. The moon metaphor will help you open—to others, to love,...

Nov 12, 2018

To “mindfully” use social media is to stand in front of a train filled with billions of dollars.

Facebook, Instagram, etc., are built to churn out private profit, so they urge you to click, like, and follow as much as humanly possible. The commodity they produce is your attention, which they grab and let go of...