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Ed and Deb Shapiro
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Ed and Deb Shapiro know a thing or two about meditation; they have been teaching together for over 25 years. They are the award-winning authors of BE THE CHANGE: How Meditation Can Transform You and The World. Deb is the award-winning author of Your Body Speaks Your Mind, and MERGING: Women in Love.

They are meditation and mindfulness teachers, corporate consultants and coaches, and retreat leaders. They are featured columnists on and Their radio show: Going Out Of Your Mind, is LIVE on Tuesdays at 8:00 pm EST. Ed and Deb are Strategic Members of the United Council on Yoga for the President's Challenge and the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.
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Ed grew up in New York City and trained in India as a Swami—a Meditation and Yoga Master—at the Bihar School of Yoga. Deb grew up in London and began meditating at the age of 15.

Entries by Ed and Deb Shapiro

Mindful Awareness: Where Would We Be Without It?

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 10:13 AM

Life changes in a split second. Deb got up at 6:30 a.m., went to the bathroom, and on the way back into the bedroom she tripped and fell. "I broke my ankle in three places. There followed an ambulance, hospital, and then two months in rehab: Everything had changed. I...

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What We All Need Now

(4) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 9:40 AM

We have endlessly tried to bring peace to the world, creating organizations like the U.N. and NATO. We've had treaties and summits, and scores of meetings and programs, but still there are so many conflicts. Beliefs and egos battle, and greed for power dominates over humanity while ingrained hatred divides...

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The Future Is Always Here

(3) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 9:57 AM

Given the state of the world today it'd be totally understandable if you were dreading the new year and whatever might happen next, instead of feeling joyful and full of anticipation.

Yet a new year has a very special effect: It makes us feel like we have the chance to...

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How to Turn Fear Into Fearlessness

(1) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 10:24 AM

What is it that can make us shake, can make the strongest man kneel or make a tiger back off? Why is it so debilitating whether the fear is real or imaginary?

Fear has many faces, many disguises. There's fear that is a natural response to physical danger, but...

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Is Your Mind Like a Drunken Monkey?

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 7:54 AM

Meditation: a well-used yet so often misunderstood word. Yes, it is simple: Just calm the mind and be still, breathe, pay attention and be present. But it's not always so easy! The mind is notoriously resistant to being quiet, and as soon as we want to be still it seems...

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How to Turn Your Negative Mind Into a Positive One

(18) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 8:28 AM

Have you ever wondered how amazing it is that a water lily doesn't grow in a pure mountain lake but in murky, muddy and dank pond water thick with weeds, and yet its beautiful flower appears on the surface totally pristine? All life starts in the dark, either in the...

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The Greatest Enemy Is Fear, Not War

(7) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 8:52 AM

There's too much fear and fighting going on in the world, between ISIS, Ebola, violent assaults and rape. We may feel completely powerless, unable to help, but perhaps the greatest thing we can do is to make friends with our own fear rather than blaming others.

We will always blame...
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Become Your Own Best Friend

(9) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 8:43 AM

It's that time of year again when the holidays are over and life gets busy, your work load is picking up, kids are back at school, and autumn is beckoning.

So how best to maintain your peace amidst the chaos of making school lunches and nagging lazy teenagers? How...

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Peace Is Not What You Think

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 4:41 PM

Some time ago Deb went to run a bath and found a spider in the tub. At that moment she was presented with a choice: flush the spider down the drain or take the time to get it out (bearing in mind that Deb is not very fond of spiders)....

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Finding Your Peace Means One Less Person Is Suffering

(2) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 2:27 PM

There sure is a lot of anger and fear flying around at the moment, literally so with airplanes being shot down and missiles arcing through the sky. It may seem like it's all happening a long way away but anger and fear are insidious: They creep into our unconscious and...

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Loving Yourself Means Warts and All

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 8:13 AM

Did you ever think or say to yourself: "I'm worthless, I'll never amount to anything." We're easily obsessed with who we and how we appear to others, if we are even loveable; we constantly confront situations that test our sense of self worth and beset us with doubts. Then the...

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How You Can Make Friends With Change

(4) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 3:06 PM

Change can be daunting. It can push all our buttons, fear and confusion can arise, doubt or insecurity as such a time is full of so many unknowns. We are personally dealing with big changes right now: selling our house, downsizing, finding the next place, getting the timing right, letting...

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Want to Let Go? Don't Even Pick It Up!

(7) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 8:31 AM

One time when, as a couple, we were disagreeing and getting heated with each other, a wise friend said, "Can't you just laugh?" This had the immediate effect of reminding us that the ego loves to be right and easily overreacts and clings. By remembering to laugh we not only...

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Staying Mindful in the Midst of Chaos

(2) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 11:37 AM

Have you ever been in a crowded subway or busy street, lost in a marketplace in a foreign country, or caught up in an argument that was going nowhere? Does it make you lose your mindfulness and awareness so you end up overwhelmed and confused?

Swami Satchidananda, one of...

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Does Wearing a Robe Make You More Spiritual?

(5) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 8:36 AM

Many years ago Deb's mother said to her, Just because someone's wearing a robe doesn't make him or her any more spiritual than you are.

So what is it that makes us stand and bow our heads when we see a monk, priest, or any robed religious teacher? What makes...

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Looking for Happiness in All the Wrong Places

(11) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 8:41 AM

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. -- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Like a butterfly, happiness is always elusive: We search everywhere for it, seeking that one moment that makes all things...

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5 Ways to Go Out of Your Mind and Get Happy

(13) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 8:50 AM

You know what it's like when you get stressed, as if you're going out of your mind: "Oh no, I'm losing it, I'm going crazy, I can't take anymore." And how the more thoughts you have like this the more you're caught up in the madness and get further away...

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Become a Guru in Just 2 Weekends

(4) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 8:36 AM

Every day we get sent emails proclaiming the latest discovery, teacher or workshop that we MUST do if we are to have lasting happiness and self-mastery. Each proclaims that if we follow their instructions then we will be free, transformed, changed forever, joyful as never before, fulfilled, fully enlightened. We...

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5 Ways Meditation Makes You Kinder

(5) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 9:05 AM

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. The Dalai Lama

When we were on our honeymoon we had the joy to sit with the Dalai Lama at his residence in McLeod Ganj, India. He held our hands and spoke about how his religion is kindness. It made us...

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The Way of Mindfulness With Paul McCartney, Richard Gere, Deepak Chopra and Jean Houston

(2) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 10:38 AM

Mindfulness is a hot buzzword at the moment, furthered by Time magazine having "The Mindful Revolution" on its front cover. But what does mindfulness look like in practice? What difference does it make on a day-to-day basis? How does it change our lives?

These questions, and others focused on what...

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