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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

5 Ways to Go Out of Your Mind and Get Happy

(6) 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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10 Great Ways Mindfulness Turns Fear Into an Ally

(7) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 7:46 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 | 7:42 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 | 7:45 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 | 7:18 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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Mindfulness Meditation Is the Direct Way to Happiness

(7) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 9:39 AM

We often wonder what our lives would be like without meditation or mindfulness. We were talking with our partner, neuroscientist and yogi Brian Jones, about this recently, who said, "With all the mass overstimulation and continuously heightened levels of stress, it's easy to see why we're all going crazy. The...

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Mindfulness Stops Negativity From Sticking to You Like Glue

(8) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 10:20 AM

Did you ever get into a heated argument with someone over a meaningless issue, only to find that encounter constantly replaying itself in your head, as if it's stuck to you like glue? You don't want to think of the other person, yet now there's no getting away from them;...

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Past Gone, Future Unknown, Be Here NOW

(4) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 7:20 AM

Life is basically simple. Yet we make it hugely complicated by worrying about things that haven't yet happened, or wishing things were like they were in the past and always talking about the good old days. What a tangle we get into!

A new year has a very special effect...

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The True Santa Is Within Every One of Us

(1) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 7:43 AM

With all the fuss over what color Santa is, we thought it was good to remind ourselves that Santa is neither black nor white, or pink or yellow for that matter, as he is way more than skin tone. Nor is the true Santa just a jolly guy in a...

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Mindfulness Meditation for a Stress-Less Mind

(6) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 7:50 AM

We were listening to a radio interview we did recently, talking about the profound benefits of meditation. Deb had said, "Mindfulness meditation is revolutionary because it changes us simply by being fully present, completely aware of just this moment." Which is absolutely true, but being in the present moment can...

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Do You Appreciate Yourself?

(29) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 7:58 AM

When times are hard, if we are sick, have lost a partner, job, or home, then it's not always easy to be thankful. Yet those can actually be the very best times to give thanks -- for the things we do have, not those we don't have. Rather than bemoaning...

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Is Your Ego Your Servant or Your Master?

(28) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 7:48 AM

"I think I'm the most important person in the world, but nobody else thinks it's about me, time doesn't think it's about me, space doesn't think it's about me, the planet doesn't think it's about me," says Prof. Robert Thurman in our book, Be The Change: "It doesn't...

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Do You Know Who You Really Are?

(41) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 8:11 AM

Are you a fairy, a ghost, Batman, a pirate, witch, goddess, a favorite movie star, or a monster? It's that time of year when we don our masks and become whoever we want, or maybe someone we think we really are.

What aspect of yourself will you be expressing? One...

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7 Ways to Find Inner (and Real) Happiness

(25) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 8:21 AM

Happiness is one of the most misunderstood words in our vocabulary, yet we search for this intangible state our whole lives. If I only had this or that, if I met the right partner, have a big house, a new car, the job I've always wanted, then I would be...

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Does It Ever Pay to Be Angry?

(28) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 8:20 AM

No one can really enjoy getting angry. It's like drinking poison or being stuck in glue -- it can arise out of nowhere and often outstays its welcome. Anger can make enemies out of friends or family, and depression is often its bedfellow. Our physical body gets tight, breath shortens,...

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Today's Thoughts Are Tomorrow's History

(11) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 8:23 AM

Quite often we put too much importance on our thoughts and take them so seriously that they can lead us into all kinds of emotional turmoil. Some thoughts are inspiring, while others can be misleading. One time we were teaching meditation. and Ed said to Mary, a participant, that when...

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The Coolest Meditator in the World

(20) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 8:24 AM

He turned 78 last Saturday and still says he meditates for three hours every day, starting at 4 a.m. He says he is just a simple monk and that kindness is his religion, calling for love and compassion to promote world peace. When we met with the Dalai Lama he...

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