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Ira Israel
Ira Israel is a Licensed Psychotherapist and Licensed Professional Counselor. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and holds graduate degrees in Psychology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. Ira is the creator of the "Meditation Made Easy" app as well as the DVDs “A Beginner’s Guide to Happiness,” “A Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness Meditation,” “Mindfulness for Anxiety,” and “Mindfulness for Depression.” Ira leads "Cultivating Meaning and Happiness through Mindfulness and Yoga" workshops at the Esalen Institute and throughout the United States. For more information please visit
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"The Case of the Three Sided Dream": Film Review

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 10:07 AM


The winner of two Best Documentary Awards and rated one of the top ten best music documentaries by, Adam Kahan's masterful "The Case of the Three Sided Dream" sold out at its premieres at SXSW film festival, the Blue Note...

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"The Temptation Game": Review

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2016 | 1:04 PM

One of the most spectacular and riveting theatrical and film experiences of the 20th century was Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf," later directed for the screen by Mike Nichols starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

In the 21st century people are living longer than ever before and...

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How Can The Best Documentary In France Not Find Distribution in America (Even When It Is In English)?

(4) Comments | Posted April 23, 2016 | 6:19 AM


Besides Jungian, Rogerian, Attachment, Relational, Existential, Cognitive Behavioral, Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Transpersonal - and my personal favorite, "Drive-Thru Therapy" - one of the modalities I employ as a therapist and counselor is called "Solutions Focused." Instead of looking backwards and blaming possible or probable...

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Bojana Novakovic, Ashley Noelle, and Monroe's "Photo Femmes" Exhibit at De Re Gallery: Review

(2) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 6:54 PM

Photo by Monroe

De Re Gallery's beautifully curated "Photo Femmes" exhibit opened on Wednesday evening in Los Angeles putting the gorgeous photos of Ashley Noelle, Bojana Novakovic and Monroe on display. In a fine art world dominate by male visions, gallery owner Steph...

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Big Thanks to Paul and Daisy Soros for Reminding Me About What Makes America Great!

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 7:32 PM

If you are reading this article, there is a 99% chance that your family immigrated to this country during the last 524 years. And they did so because there was an alluring freedom - opportunities that they were not able to pursue in whatever country they came from. Some spent...

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Jai Uttal on Awakening Bhakti Yoga

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 11:59 AM

Photo by Lisa Chorny

Oh, those Greeks! They knew how to live. What is required for that is to stop courageously at the surface, the fold and the skin; to adore appearance, to believe in forms, tones, and words, in...
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The 5th Annual Lights Camera Cure Hollywood Dance Marathon is April 2nd - Don't Miss It!

(10) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 12:06 PM


I was very honored to attend a benefit a few weeks ago for the Lights Camera Cure Foundation. They raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer patient support and research and will be holding their annual Hollywood Dance Marathon on April...

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What It Is Like To Be A Genius

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2016 | 11:30 AM

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald


It is heartwarming that over 8,200 people LIKE-d Martha Nussbaum's eulogy of...

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5 Reasons To Attend The Sat Nam Festival

(20) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 12:26 AM


Here are 5 reasons why I am looking forward to attending the Sat Nam Fest this year:

1) MUSIC: World renowned musicians such as Snatam Kaur (who did the music for my "Yoga for Depression and Anxiety" DVD), Mirabai Ceiba,...

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Highlights of the New Product Expo

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 8:24 PM

Bedlam. That was the word that continuously rang through my head during the eight hours I spent meandering through the 10,000 booths at my first New Product Expo. It felt as if someone had transformed the state of Rhode Island into a giant casino: no windows for as...

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Hey Future Media Mogul, Don't Quit Your Day Job Just Yet

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 11:20 AM

"Capital is different from money. Money is used simply to purchase goods and services for consumption. Capital is more durable and is used to generate wealth through investment. Examples of capital include automobiles, patents, software and brand names. All of these things are inputs that can be used to create...
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Food Matters Television: The Netflix of Positive, Life-Affirming Films!

(0) Comments | Posted February 29, 2016 | 11:44 PM


I am a seeker. I have sought far and wide and high and low. And the one thing that I am constantly inspired by is meeting fascinating fellow seekers. Many years ago at an ashram in Los Angeles I met Laurentine ten Bosch...

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Healthy Vegan Paleo Protein Ice-Cream?

(4) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 1:06 AM

Strolling down Abbot Kinney Boulevard last Monday, being simultaneously ogled by tourists and studiously ignored by the uber-cool local hipsters, I suddenly heard "try our paleo vegan ice cream" waft through the air. I turned and saw a booth run by what I assumed was two college students earning extra...

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Why I Quit Costco and Joined Thrive Market

(4) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 1:20 PM

Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge admirer of Costco co-founder and former CEO Jim Sinegal, who rebuked his board of directors when they told him he could pay his workers less and his shareholders more. According to the New York Times, Mister Sinegal said, "Good wages and...

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Den Opening Gala: Review

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 3:22 PM

Don't just do something. Sit there! ~ Sylvia Boorstein
I saw a guy today at Starbucks. He had no smartphone, tablet or laptop. He just sat there drinking his coffee. Like a psychopath. ~ Twitter

Before computers and mobile telephones I spent alot of time in cafes. Maybe too...

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Is Teaching Meditation The New Bartending?

(4) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 8:47 AM

...there may actually be puritanical fanatics of conscience who even prefer to lie down and die on a certain nothing than an uncertain something. ~ Nietzsche
...every artist first attains the supreme pinnacle of his greatness when he can look down into himself and his art, when he can laugh...
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Tania Dibbs' "We Were Here" Exhibition at the De Re Gallery: Review

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 5:46 PM

Last Thursday the De Re Gallery debuted the "We Were Here" exhibition by artist Tania Dibbs and it reminded me the some of the great openings I attended in Soho when I lived in NYC in the 1980s and 1990s. Fellow artists, collectors, environmentalists, musicians, and thespians were all...

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Huge Congrats To The Santa Monica Symphony For Winning A Prestigious National Endowment For The Arts Award!

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 5:03 PM

When people think of Santa Monica they probably think of the beach, the sun, the promenade... it is doubtful that many people think of its hidden gem, the Santa Monica Symphony, the crown jewel of Southern California's community orchestras. 


Founded in...

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Where Is the Best Place in Los Angeles to Gaslight the Mother of Your Children?

(2) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 12:20 PM

Instead of getting married again, I'm going to find a woman I don't like and just give her a house. ~ Rod Stewart

Here in sunny California, marriages of ten years or more are considered marriages of "long duration" and if divorce occurs thereafter the court is NOT allowed to...

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How To Live An Empowered Life

(2) Comments | Posted January 4, 2016 | 10:55 AM

Photo by Lesa Amoore

Tracee Stanley has developed an innovative practice to help people gain clarity, inspiration, and positive momentum in their lives. Tracee's "Empowered Life Activation Kit" includes 72 inquiry cards and 6 guided meditations that lead people on...

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