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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

Why Fear Can Create an Epidemic

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 5:12 PM

It's like a plague -- something happens that upsets the normal balance of life and pandemonium breaks out, suddenly fear of the "unknown other" is making us turn away even from those most in need. When a seed of fear is planted in our minds it generates instability to the...

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Are You Jealous or Joyful?

(3) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 9:29 AM

With the impending presidential election it's become an onslaught of one-upmanship, with no concession that one or the other might actually be right or have something to offer. It's an endless battle of my ego versus yours, my opinions versus yours, my brilliance versus your stupidity.

Which is a...

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Do You Have Stress, or Does Stress Have You?

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2015 | 9:31 AM

Imagine you are trying to squeeze some toothpaste out of a tube but you have forgotten to take the top off. What happens? Deb actually did this in one of her most unaware moments and the toothpaste soon found another way out -- through the bottom of the tube and...

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Our Number One Enemy: Negativity

(8) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 11:01 AM

Deb used to work in Hawaii for an educational institute and one of the teachers really had it in for her. No matter what Deb did, she disagreed and made her wrong. "I had to be present at her classes and, quite subtly, she turned all the participants against me....

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Why Without Inner Peace There Is No Outer Peace

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 2:03 AM

When you find your peace there is one less person suffering. -- Swami Brahmananda

Why is there so much discord, unrest, and uncertainty, in both our own lives and in the world at large? Why are so many of us dealing with depression, unhappiness, or discontent? We undoubtedly need more...

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It's Time to Make Compassion Fashionable

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 11:41 AM

Actions speak louder than words. The pope showed compassion and humility when he had bathrooms and showers built at the Vatican for use by homeless people, and again when he celebrated his birthday by giving each one a sleeping bag. At the same time the Dalai Lama, head of Tibetan...

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What the Buddha Might Say to 'the Donald'

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 3:42 PM

Did the Pope just out-trump Trump? While the Donald wants to evict 11 million immigrants, the Pope talks of inclusivity, compassion and human kindness. Has Trump got it all upside down? Shouldn't we be adhering to the golden rule by treating others as we would want to be treated ourselves?

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10 Ways Meditation Will Free Your Mind

(1) Comments | Posted September 21, 2015 | 3:41 PM

Stillness is always there between our thoughts, behind the story, beneath the noise. What keeps us from experiencing this natural state of being is our habitual and ego-dominated monkey mind. Meditation enables us to see clearly, to witness our thoughts and feelings and reduce our self-involvement. Without such a practice...

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The Hidden Enemy of Yoga: Self-Doubt

(3) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 10:00 AM

What's the big buzz about yoga? Does it really help us? In it's truest form, yoga is a uniting of body, mind and spirit. Its purpose is not just to become physically fit and mentally relaxed but also to deepen our spirituality, inspiring us to become more aware, wise, and...

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What Are You: A Bhogi or a Yogi?

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 1:22 PM

Yoga, now closely followed by mindfulness, has become totally mainstream, with more varieties of a theme appearing every day. Many who attend a yoga class come away from it feeling more energized, yet relaxed and calmer than before, which is one of its great benefits. Originally, yoga has its roots...

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Diving Into Your Fear

(3) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 11:05 AM

The saying goes that when the Buddha was confronted with fear he invited it in for tea. Fear is something we all feel at one time or another; for some it can be crippling, for others it is subtle and pervasive, possessing different faces and disguises. On the one hand,...

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Do You Really Want to Be Healthy and Happy?

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 11:15 AM

Do you want to be well? Really? Think about it, about what it would be like to have nothing to complain about? To have nothing special about you? We have to be honest. Are we ready to have no specific reason why people should pay us attention? How many of...

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3 Thieves That Steal Your Peace of Mind

(1) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 10:58 AM

The recent mega-million-dollar drama surrounding FIFA and its president Sepp Blatter has taught us an invaluable lesson: how greed and power are like thieves in the night that steal our sensibility, kindness and humanity, leaving us doing everything we can, whether legal or illegal, to get more. It's amazing to...

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Mother, Daughter, Son-in-Law: 3 Paths to Awakening

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 11:46 AM

We come from opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean and couldn't be more different if we tried -- Ed from a crowded apartment in the Bronx, Deb from boarding school in the English countryside. But we both began the spiritual journey at the same time in the late 1960s while...

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How Your Mind Affects Your Body

(5) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 11:08 AM

We are at last beginning to show that there is an intimate and dynamic relationship between what is going on with our feelings and thoughts and what happens in the body. A Time magazine special showed that happiness, hopefulness, optimism and contentment, "Appear to reduce the risk or limit the...

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What's the Big Fuss About Mindfulness?

(3) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 11:35 AM

Arianna Huffington does it, Anderson Cooper does it, Madonna does it, Congressman Tim Ryan does it, it's taught in hospitals, schools, and to servicemen suffering from PTSD. But how could just sitting there watching your breath possibly have any real effect? Especially when it can appear to be boring or...

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Mindful Awareness: Where Would We Be Without It?

(2) Comments | Posted April 14, 2015 | 11:13 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 | 10:40 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 | 10:57 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 | 11:24 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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