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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

Is Your Mind Like a Drunken Monkey?

(1) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 8:54 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 | 9:28 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 | 9:52 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 | 9:43 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 | 5:41 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 | 3:27 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 | 9:13 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 | 4:06 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!

(9) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 9:31 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 | 12:37 PM

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 | 9:36 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 | 9:41 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 | 9:50 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 | 9:36 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 | 10:05 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 | 11:38 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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10 Great Ways Mindfulness Turns Fear Into an Ally

(7) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 8:46 AM

At first glance you might not put mindfulness and fear together or think that one can counterbalance the other. But while mindfulness invites us to be present with fear rather than run from it, it also frees us from being stuck in fearful thoughts and feelings. Mindfulness allows fear to...

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4 Ways Mindfulness Transforms Your Life -- Just Like the Seahawks!

(3) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 8:42 AM

There's an amazing epidemic sweeping America, and it's a healthy, vital and enriching one. In every walk of life, people are hearing about the value and importance of mindfulness and meditation. For instance, the Seahawks include yoga and meditation in their training, and they just won the Super Bowl!

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Amazing: Super Bowl and TIME Magazine Both Focus on Mindfulness

(10) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 8:45 AM

Guess what: We all meditate! We may be unaware of this because we believe meditation means sitting still and closing our eyes. However, the moment we focus attention on one thing and bring the mind into a quiet place, then we are meditating, which means it can be as much...

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Meditation Awakens Your Inner Joy

(6) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 8:18 AM

Within you is a fountain of joy, within you is an ocean of bliss! -- Swami Sivananda

While in Greece, we were invited to a local village dance. It was to be held in a nearby field, and we were fascinated to discover it started very late, about...

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