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Ira Israel
Ira Israel is a Licensed Counselor, a Licensed Psychotherapist, and a Certified Yoga Therapist. He has graduate degrees in Psychology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies and teaches at the Esalen Institute and throughout the U.S. For more information please visit
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A Triumph of the Spirit, a Triumph of the Will: Don't Miss "Monk With A Camera: The Life and Journey of Nicholas Vreeland"

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 5:34 PM


"Monk With A Camera" chronicles Nicholas Vreeland's astonishing journey from privileged playboy to revered monk to acclaimed artist and philanthropist.

Nicholas Vreeland's grandmother was the legendary Vogue editor, Diana Vreeland, who procured Nicky...

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Reese Witherspoon, From Legally Blonde to Visionary, Genius Producer

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 2:06 PM

On this perfect day when everything is ripening and not only the grapes are becoming brown, a ray of sunshine has fallen on my life: I looked behind me, I looked before me, never have I seen so many and such good things together.  Not in vain have I buried my...
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Does Social Media Foment Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

(2) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 12:12 PM

What happened to truth in advertising?

Imagine if a law were enacted that declared that people could only call themselves on the Internet by the same monikers inscribed in the "Occupation" boxes of their tax returns. How many of the 80,000 Huffington Post bloggers would write the following...

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Why Alejandro Iñárritu's "Birdman" Will Sweep The Golden Globe Awards And Academy Awards

(2) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 6:52 PM

There is no female Mozart because there is no female Jack the Ripper. ~ Camille Paglia

...for man is, if I may say so, "the sterile animal." ~ Nietzsche

Alejandro Iñárritu's "Birdman" is a ballet cum emotional and visual rollercoaster. If you enjoy sitting at the edge of your seat...

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Mindful Happiness: 10 Remedies For Subtle Incessant Dissatisfaction

(2) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 5:01 PM

"Happiness cannot be pursued. You do not find happiness; happiness finds you. It is not an end in itself, but a by-product of other activities, often arriving when it is least expected." ~ Mick Brown

"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."...

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Lili Haydn's Exquisitely Brilliant New CD "Lililand:" A Journey For Your Heart, Soul And Mind As Well As Your Ears

(2) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 4:16 PM

The medium is the message ~ Marshall McLuhan

I was in my neighborhood post office in Paris in 1993 when I noticed a beautiful woman standing in front of me wearing black jeans, a black turtleneck, and long black coat. I looked over her shoulder and saw that she was...

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Why Milo and Olive is the Best Restaurant in Los Angeles

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 12:58 PM

When I am not busy teaching mindfulness, I am busy ruminating over important philosophical questions such as "What is the meaning of soup?"

Personally I equate soup with living in abundance.

I think of foragers before the agricultural revolution going out into the wild and finding TOO MUCH...

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Can You Have Great Sex in a Healthy Adult Relationship?

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 5:42 PM

Youth is wasted on the young.
George Bernard Shaw

Legend has it that when Elvis Costello received the first R.E.M. cassette he walked around flipping it over and over in his Walkman (remember those?) listening to it continuously for days. Years later when asked what he thought of...

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Ira Israel

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 10:24 AM

Spin spin whisky and gin, I suffer for my art
Bartender I've got wild mushrooms growing in my yard
Fix me a quart of petrol, clams on the half shell
Feels like prohibition, baby, give me the hard sell
More, give me more, give me more...

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10 Things You Should Know Before Your First Ayahuasca Ceremony

(5) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 2:21 PM

"Life down here is just a strange illusion."
Iron Maiden, "Hallowed Be Thy Name"

Hats off to Bob Morris for his ruthlessly whitebread, antiseptic article in the Sunday Styles section of the New York Times!

Glamorizing ayahuasca with celebrity quotes and citing the LA Weekly in calling it "exceedingly trendy"...

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How to Find the Right Mindfulness Teacher for You

(7) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 10:34 AM

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10 Reasons Not To Vote For Marianne Williamson

(12) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 1:01 PM

Here are 10 reasons not to vote for Marianne Williamson:

10. Because you believe that having a black person as president means that racism isn't alive and well in America. It doesn't bother you that one out of three black men will spend some time of his life in...

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"Chinese Puzzle," "Venus in Fur," and "Me, Myself and Mom" at the COLCOA Film Festival

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 10:22 AM

For those who do not already know about it, the City of Lights, City of Angels (COLCOA) Film Festival is one of the great treasures of Los Angeles. Including seventeen U.S. premieres this year, COLCOA is an eclectic array of French movies highlighting the finest talents in French cinema. With...

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Lorde and Hiromi in Concert

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 4:51 PM

You don't want to hurt me,
But see how deep the bullet lies.
Unaware I'm tearing you asunder.
There is thunder in our hearts.
Is there so much hate for the ones we love?
Tell me, we both matter, don't we?

Kate Bush, "Running...

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For the Love of God, Would Somebody Please Explain To Me The Essential Difference(s) Between Tantra, Vedanta, Buddhism, and A Course in Miracles?

(9) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 3:26 PM

Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.
Ludwig Wittgenstein, "Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus"

Last week I was on a date with a lovely woman and on the way to dinner we had to sort out our dietary restrictions - as one must do here at the edge...

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Mindful Friends

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 5:03 PM

Fate is being kind to me. Fate doesn't want me to be too famous too young.
Duke Ellington

I was meeting an old friend who I had not seen in many years and I was looking forward to catching up with her over a long dinner. I arrived at...

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Mindful Teaching

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 5:02 PM

Although I greatly admire Benjamin Bratton's provocative anti-TED TEDx Talk and remain surprised that some disgruntled blogger has not yet posted a coequal anti-blog such as "How Blogging Is Tantamount To Slavery," I do not entirely agree with Professor Bratton who derides TED Talks stating that "the key...

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Mindful Therapy

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 3:52 PM

When working with psychotherapy clients in my private practice, I usually try to discern and track two major themes:

1. What is the corrective emotional experience that the client is subconsciously yearning for?

2. Who am I showing up as subconsciously for the client? Or, what dynamic or pattern from...

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Mindful Dating

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 5:27 PM

"Man's greatest labor so far has been to reach agreement about very many things and to submit to a law of agreement - regardless of whether these things are true or false."

Nietzsche, "The Gay Science," section 76

In our "crazybusy" adult lives, dating...

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Mindful Medicine

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 2:29 PM

During my mindfulness workshops I often ask three sets of rhetorical questions to raise consciousness about the tacit paradigm behind Western medicine. The dialogue I have aloud with myself goes something as follows:

"What does it mean when you have a fever?"
"It means that there are...

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