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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

What You Need More Of Right Now

(2) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 2:26 PM

The story goes that, at the time of the Buddha, a group of monks wanted to do a quiet retreat away from the crowds of followers, so the Buddha sent them to a glade in the forest where he said they would be undisturbed.

The monks found their way...

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Low Self-Esteem Is Your Ego's Best Buddy

(2) Comments | Posted June 5, 2016 | 11:39 AM

The Dalai Lama met with a group of western psychotherapists. He asked them what was the most prevalent issue that they encountered in their clients. They unanimously replied that it was low self-esteem.

Apparently the Dalai Lama hadn't heard of such a problem. He said that in the Tibetan culture...

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How To Make Friends With Stress

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2016 | 12:39 PM

A caveman out on a hunt or a soldier on the front line needs the stress response in his body in order to have the energy to fight; the anticipation of the life-or-death experience puts his entire physiology into a state of red alert. So from a positive perspective, stress...

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Arianna Wants Us All to Go to Sleep!

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 2:10 PM

To sleep, perchance to dream -- William Shakespeare

Arianna wants us all to go to sleep, and she's not taking no for an answer.

She has a very clear message: without proper sleep life is harder, and what normally may be easeful can become like a weight around our necks....

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Are You Your Best Friend or Best Enemy?

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2016 | 3:07 PM

How do we maintain our peace amidst the chaos of making school lunches and nagging lazy teenagers? How do we nurture our latent talent and connect to our authentic self amidst the rush hour traffic? How do we deal with endless demands without losing our mind?

And how often...

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One Way Your Ego Trips You Up

(2) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 10:22 AM

One Christmas, when we were living in Brighton, England, we volunteered at a church that regularly feeds the homeless and needy at that time of year. But it was more than the hungry ones who got fed that day.

After we happily dished out large helpings of turkey, mashed potatoes...

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5 Ways to Enhance Your Relationship

(2) Comments | Posted March 27, 2016 | 2:36 PM

Shortly after we were married, we went to India and spent our honeymoon in ashrams and monasteries. We were fortunate enough to have a private meeting with the Dalai Lama at his residence in McCleod Ganj, in the foothills of the Himalayas.

"After some thirty minutes of talking I...

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Finding Your Sanity in the Midst of Chaos

(2) Comments | Posted March 13, 2016 | 11:48 AM

The question is, has the world gone nuts? It certainly looks like a lot of people are being driven by fear, hatred and greed. The protests in Chicago, the rising anger and animosity, is to the detriment of us all. Is it not time for some real sanity?


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Why Saying Yes to Yourself Is the Most Important Thing You Can Do

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2016 | 11:18 AM

I have too much to do! My boss is so demanding! My mother-in-law always needs my help! I have so many meetings / orders to be filled / classes to teach / deliveries to be made...the list is endless. But in the midst of everything that is being asked of...

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What Is This Thing Called LOVE

(3) Comments | Posted February 22, 2016 | 9:20 AM

Every day magazines, books, songs, and even blogs extol the importance of love, how to get more of it in our lives, how to be the best at it, how to make it work, how to let go if it doesn't work, and how to trust it and start the...

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Will The Real Deepak Chopra Please Stand Up

(3) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 8:19 AM

The great Swami Satchidananda always said that we only need to have faith the size of a mustard seed. Such faith proved itself to us in an unusual way.

We were teaching a weekend meditation program in Plymouth, a fairly rural town in Devon, England. On the Friday evening an...

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Why You Can Never Have Too Much to Do

(2) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 11:18 AM

Having too much to do is our most common moan. We get overloaded, overworked, over everything and don't see a way through.

Deb was just 18 when she attended her first Zen meditation retreat. "It was taught by a somewhat formidable Jiyu Kennet Roshi, a large Englishwoman in a floaty...

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What I Learned From David Bowie's Meditation Teacher

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 1:30 PM

I grew up in London at the same time as David Bowie was becoming known there in the sixties. Bowie was only 17 when he met meditation and Buddhist teacher Lama Chime Rinpoche, who he studied with and remained close to. It was the first step for Bowie...

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The Amazing Relationship Between Your Mind and Body

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 1:23 PM

In Woody Allen's movie, Annie Hall, Diane Keaton is breaking up with Woody and wants to know why he isn't angry. "I don't get angry," Allen replies, "I grow a tumor instead."

We tend to think of our bodies and minds as separate systems and believe they function independently. Yet...

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10 Ways to Embrace Your Uncertainty in 2016

(9) Comments | Posted December 31, 2015 | 2:30 PM

It's hard to see what's happening around us and not wonder what is going happen in our own lives. The big picture is we know we will face huge weather changes with the forecasted El Nino, will need to know what to do with thousands of refugees seeking a safe...

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Want to Let Go? 5 Ways Not to Even Pick It Up

(2) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 2:36 PM

Not many of us come from the perfect we-all-agree-on-everything family. Most of us come from the imperfect we-don't-agree-on-most-things family. And Christmas isn't always the happy-present-opening-dinner-sharing time it's looks like in the ads; it's more often a tense-stressful-bickering-demanding-exhausting time.

We know one couple who have agreed to disagree, as the husband...

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How You Can Live With Both Fear and Compassion

(4) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 5:17 PM

There are a lot of people who need our love and care at the moment, such as most of the Republican party, Syrian refugees, Planned Parenthood doctors and clients, the police and both the black and white people they shoot, whether accidentally or not, to name but a few. They...

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Why Fear Can Create an Epidemic

(3) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 4:12 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 | 8:29 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 | 8:31 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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