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Gadadhara Pandit Dasa
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Pandit is a well-being expert and meditation teacher. He brings mindfulness and meditation practices into the workplace to help professionals lower stress, increase productivity, and live healthier lives. He also serves as a chaplain of New York University and Union Theological Seminary. He has spoken at Google, Bank of America, Harvard, Columbia and many other institutions. He has been featured on PBS, NPR, and the NYTimes. His corporate workshops can be found on his website.

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10 Mindful Resolutions for 2016

(1) Comments | Posted December 28, 2015 | 3:18 PM

Becoming more mindful is more than just practicing meditation. Meditation is, of course, a huge part of it because it helps us become more aware of others and ourselves. How we interact with the people and environment around is a holisitic approach to being a more mindful individual. Below are...

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A Culture of Mindfulness in the Workplace

(3) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 2:03 PM

Who has time for mindfulness when deadlines are looming and our managers are breathing down our necks? Mindfulness might be good for monks living in the forest or folks who have retired from corporate life but unrealistic for busy, working individuals. Learning to pause, focusing on your thoughts and getting...

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Dealing With the Fear of Public Speaking: Seven Tips

(4) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 7:42 PM

Even after 15 years and over one thousand lectures, I can't say that I've completely overcome the fear of public speaking. On some occasions, I still get some butterflies when I first get up in front of the audience. Public speaking isn't something that was ever natural for me.

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10 Resolutions for Growth and Compassionate Living for 2015

(1) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 3:18 PM

It's that time of the year again where we muster up the strength and courage to make resolutions for ourselves that will allow us to improve and grow. Most of us already have a pretty good idea of our weaknesses, tendencies, and patterns, but we know all to well how...

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The Mind: Your Life's CEO

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 5:33 PM

Do we find ourselves, needlessly dwelling on negative situations for long periods of time, unable to detach ourselves from our thoughts? This is a problem shared by all of humanity. The mind is an equal opportunity misery provider. When a troubling thought gets stuck in "instant replay" mode in our...

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Humility in Leadership

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 4:51 PM

Our gut response might be "humility and leadership can't possibly go hand-in-hand. They blend as well as oil and water." Generally, when we hear the term "humility," we imagine an individual who lacks confidence, is weak and unsure of themselves and in general is a pushover. It's true that if...

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A Spiritual Solution to Religious and Racial Violence

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 1:00 PM

In theory, the solution to the violence is very easy. However, the application is very difficult because it deals with shifting one's consciousness and learning to see beyond all the external designations of an individual - race and religion. This shift in consciousness is proposed in the fifth, sixth, and...

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Before You Hit 'Send': 5 Tips for Thoughtful Communication

(2) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 5:44 PM

Hasty communication can break relationships and ruin careers. Too often we write an email or send a text without double-checking the content or being mindful of the tone of the message. We have no idea how that message will get interpreted. Once you hit the "send" button, it's kind of...

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Krishna: The Original Avatar

(3) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 2:05 PM

Hundreds of millions of adherents of the Hindu faith will gather together, around the world, in temples and homes, to celebrate the advent of God on Earth. This festival of the birth of Krishna is known in Hinduism as Janmastami. According to the popular understanding, Krishna took birth in the...

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Reincarnation and Karma: How It All Works

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 1:44 PM

Do we only live once? It all depends on one's perspective. If you think we're nothing but chemicals with no soul, then yes, it is the end. If you believe in only one life and then it's heaven or hell, then no. It's especially not the end if you happen...

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Got Stress? Here's Why

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 3:00 PM

Ever wonder why you're feeling so stressed? There are several reasons why we may be feeling overwhelmed. The American Institute of Stress suggests that our stress factors are divided up in the following way:

46 percent -- Workload
28 percent -- People issues
20 percent --...

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Revenge or Forgiveness: Which Road Do You Walk?

(3) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 2:22 PM

For many, the first option might seem to be the most satisfying. After all, it provides immediate justice. It allows us a chance to see the other party suffer and that can bring us some level of pleasure. Seeing people suffer for the wrongs they have done makes us feel...

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Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi: The Liberating Power of Non-violence

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 2:40 PM

It's no big secret that Martin Luther King Jr. took great inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi in pushing forward his Civil Rights Movement. Although the two never met personally, Dr. King was introduced to Gandhi's teachings while at Crozer Theological Seminary. His first application of the non-violent campaign came in 1955...

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Ten Spiritual Resolutions for 2014

(2) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 2:44 PM

New Year's resolutions are hard to maintain. We are very familiar with the routine where we feel Gung-ho about a change we want to make and a few weeks into the New Year, the resolution is already slipping away. Even having the desire to make a change, in my opinion,...

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Do We All Worship the Same God?

(89) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 10:47 AM

I would like to think so. Something tells me that heaven isn't divided up into a Hindu, Christian, Muslim and Jewish heaven. I would like to think that, up there, we are united regardless of our faith here on Earth.

Sure, while on Earth, we have been given...

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Hinduism's Suggestions for a Peaceful Coexistence

(35) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 2:42 PM

We all want to become free of stress and anxiety and live peaceful and happy lives. We try so hard to avoid anxieties, but somehow they find themselves into our lives. It is very natural for us to hanker for and work towards a perpetually happy existence. Rest assured, this...

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Urban Monk: Exploring Karma, Consciousness, and the Divine

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 12:45 PM

Most of the time, when people think of monks, they imagine someone living in a monastery on top of a mountain or in the forests practicing silence or sitting in meditation. My monastery is located in the East Village of New York City, surrounded by nightclubs, restaurants, tattoo shops and...

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Shri Chaitanya: The Golden Avatar of Love

(98) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 12:00 AM

The word "avatar" conjures up images of blue human-like beings with tails from James Cameron's popular science fiction movie. However, "avatar" is a Sanskrit word that describes the Supreme being or God when He descends to Earth. "Ava" means "down" and "tr" refers to "cross over." Thus it refers to...

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Bridging the Gap Between Hinduism and Christianity

(109) Comments | Posted January 3, 2013 | 10:57 AM

Growing up in a Hindu family in Los Angeles while attending a Christian high school for four years, I was never able to make any connection between the two traditions. In fact, they seemed worlds apart. My Christian friends were monotheists, worshippers of one God, with no images other than...

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A Splinter in the Mind: The Matrix Through Hinduism

(183) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 3:06 PM

"Something is wrong with this world, you've known it all your life, you don't know what it is. It's like a splinter in your mind ... driving you mad." -- Morpheus, the Matrix

I didn't hear about "The Matrix" until five years after it had come out in theatres. I...

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