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Ira Israel
Ira Israel is a Licensed Psychotherapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Certified Yoga Therapist. He has graduate degrees in Psychology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies and teaches mindfulness and yoga at the Esalen Institute and throughout the United States. For more information please visit
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Got Insomnia? Trade Your Cappuccino in for a Macaccino and Get a Good Night's Sleep

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2015 | 9:13 PM

According to Harvard Medical School people who get insufficient sleep place themselves at risk for major health issues including heart disease, obesity, compromised immune systems and early mortality.

As Arianna Huffington describes in her best-selling book, "Thrive," restorative sleep is essential to overall well-being and...

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Starving for Wisdom

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2015 | 10:40 AM

"We are drowning in information while starving for wisdom." E.O. Wilson
We have all of the information that has ever existed in all of the libraries in the world at our fingertips twenty-fours hours a day. In my workshops I often say, "With my three graduate degrees...
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10 Things You Need to Know About Meditation

(1) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 4:30 PM

10. Paradoxically, meditation is the most difficult and most simple activity you will ever partake in.


9. There are infinite "anchors" (phenomena on which to focus your attention) and you need to find one or several that work for you.

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Is It Vulgar For Yoga Teachers To Use The "C" Word?

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 9:50 PM

The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. Yeats, "The Second Coming"
And as we wind on down the road, Our shadows taller than our souls... Robert Plant, "Stairway to Heaven"


Most people floating around my orbit are...

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The Problem With "Steve Jobs"

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 2:44 PM

" opinion is that it's certainly best to separate an artist far enough from his work, so that one does not take him with the same seriousness as one does his work. In the final analysis, he is only the precondition for his work, its maternal womb, the soil...
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Don't Miss the Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles, October 28th - November 19th

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2015 | 12:11 PM


For almost 30 years, the Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles has presented over 900 feature films, documentaries, television dramas and short films to nearly a million filmgoers and brought hundreds of Israeli filmmakers to the U.S. to share their art.


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Why Is There a White House Council on Women and Girls, But Not a White House Council on Men and Boys?

(6) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 12:23 PM

One definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results - a category that I fall neatly into. For whenever I teach at Esalen, I consistently forget to review the catalogue to see who my fellow workshop facilitators are. Thus, at every initial meeting,...

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"East LA Interchange": Film Review

(3) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 8:00 PM

The shift from the Agricultural Age to the Industrial Age only a few hundred years ago was accompanied by the rise of modern cities. However, one thing that did not shift so much was humans' desire to live in tribes, to live with people from their own heritage, who spoke...

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Esalen and the Guru of No Gurus

(4) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 12:07 PM

We teach best what we most need to learn. ~ Richard Bach

If you meet the Buddha, kill him. ~ Zen Master Linji

There is no spiritual bypass. ~ John Wellwood

In his lyrical masterpiece "Esalen: America and the Religion of No Religion," Jeffrey Kripal traces the confluence...

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The Whispers From Children's Hearts Foundation

(2) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 3:10 AM

Leaving a legacy is a vital archetype in our culture. 

When we think of the men and woman who have changed the course of history by living their highest purposes, it is their legacies that we are recalling.

Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, and Mother Teresa inspire us...

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Follow Your Dreams, Follow Your Heart: Annmarie Soul's "Back to the Garden" CD Review

(3) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 11:21 PM

"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity" ~ Seneca

I have often heard that good things happen in threes and I think that Annmarie Soul would agree.

1. One day actress Jami Gertz heard Annmarie sing and knew that the world had to hear this voice....

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Post Traumatic Growth: How Amanda Mills "Amandafested" Amanda Mills Los Angeles

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 6:44 PM

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master,
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear...

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Golden Mean: Best Organic Vegan Cafe in Los Angeles

(9) Comments | Posted August 29, 2015 | 5:40 PM

The story of Golden Mean Vegan Cafe is an ironic story about the law of attraction.

We live in a world that is constantly dancing with extremes. Currently, the best example of this would be the simultaneous rise of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders as political candidates. No matter where...

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Is Miley Cyrus the Joan Baez of Her Generation?

(8) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 12:23 PM

Although I am fairly certain that my great-grandmother thought the same of Bob Dylan as I think of Justin Bieber (not sure how one says "colossal twit" in yiddish), it appears as if Miley Cyrus could actually engender the consciousness raising social activism that Madonna's egregious raunchiness failed to.

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How to Earn an Honest Living as a Yoga Teacher

(13) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 7:58 AM

I find it fascinating that the yoga industry has come to mirror Wall Street more than provide it with a new compassionate, abundant business model to emulate. Like the scarcity consciousness of Wall Street, there is the 1% of yoga millionaires and...

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Book Review: "Aware Awake Alive" by Elliot Dacher, M.D.

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 1:08 AM

When we mistakenly think that pleasure innately resides in an experience, object, or person, we desire more of it. We grasp at it, crave it, and develop attachment and in certain instances an addiction to it. From this comes all of the afflictive and disturbing emotions that result in mental...
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Kyle Cease's Evolving Out Loud: Review

(4) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 12:46 PM

I'm not selling anything other than my connection to the moment. ~ Kyle Cease


Ironically, the day that Arianna Huffington wrote about my great writing I didn't have enough money to do the laundry, eat, or even think about having health...

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Changing Lives through Zero Waste

(1) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 12:37 PM

I recently discovered an amazing therapeutic community for addicts, the chronically homeless, and parolees in downtown Los Angeles that helps them build their own farm to grow food.

The Amity Foundation is a non-profit founded over 40 years ago that has communities in Arizona, New Mexico, and...

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T-Mobile... Or How Will AT&T and Verizon Deal With the Revolutionary John Legere?

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2015 | 10:58 AM

I have a dream...

I have a dream that I am sitting in the boardroom of AT&T observing a gaggle of disgruntled old men grumbling "Goddamn socialist" under their breaths as they watch John Legere denigrate them in this video with ditties such as "AT&T, those greedy...

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Would You Rather Be Happy and Poor or Unhappy and Wealthy?

(2) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 11:14 AM

Growing up, I'd always assumed that having money would bring happiness and peace of mind. At thirty, I found that I'd achieved my dream of money and success but I was still anxious and frustrated, and despite being married, having two wonderful children, and being surrounded by friends and business...
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