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Ed Shapiro

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Chill Out: Relaxation, Indian Style

Posted September 29, 2008 | 09:59:20 (EST)

On a recent visit to India Deb and I had tea with an extraordinary couple, Mary and Don, born-again Christians from Texas. For twenty-five years they had been running a clinic for disabled and handicapped children, caring for the poorest of the poor, in Madras [now Chennai]. We found their...

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Chill Out:Finding Joy In Other People's Happiness

Posted September 22, 2008 | 10:52:39 (EST)

As a teenager in the Bronx I won the NYC dance championship. I had come third in my borough before winning the City. I also won my College dance championship and won a competition on a TV dance show. Winning got in my blood; I loved the feeling of being...

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Chill Out: Compassion The Dalai Lama Way

Posted September 15, 2008 | 10:32:04 (EST)

Shortly after Deb and I were married we went to India and spent our honeymoon in ashrams and monasteries. We were at McCleod Ganj where the Dalai Lama lives in exile, along with thousands of Tibetan refugees who have escaped Chinese rule. We wanted to meet with the Dalai Lama...

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Chill Out: Making Friends With Fear

Posted September 8, 2008 | 10:51:47 (EST)

The crane was at the far end of the beach on the island of Rhodes in Greece. Weaving our way through the hundreds of glistening bodies basking on the sand, we could see that it was in fact a bungy jump. 150 feet above us at the waters edge someone...

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Chill Out: Are You Happier Today?

Posted September 1, 2008 | 07:40:04 (EST)

My wife Deb and I were in Thailand, living in the middle of a coconut grove on a ten-day silent meditation retreat. Each day a Thai monk would come to teach and each day he asked us the same question: "Are you happier today than you were yesterday?" As he...

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Chill Out: Dealing With Change

Posted August 24, 2008 | 08:52:28 (EST)

I was born in the Bronx and my wife Deb was born in England. We met in the US, but decided to move to England. I thought it would be a great chance to immerse myself in a different culture, and Deb needed to be closer to her elderly parents....

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