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Pema Chodron

Saying Yes To Life: A Different Perspective On Personal Development

Sheryl Paul | Posted 01.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Sheryl Paul

The difficult feelings are our greatest teachers, the alchemists' chunks of coal that, when approached with consciousness, are transformed into gold.

How Your Loss Can Transform You

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 10.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Robin Amos Kahn

Truth: Your loss will transform you. This is the experience, and it is what it is. The transformation is often for the better. Not always, but usually -- especially if we find ways to get out of our own way.

When Life Gives You Lemons, Make a Soufflé

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 10.05.2012 | Impact
Robin Amos Kahn

The quality of one's life is not determined by the circumstances. Is life perfect? No. I still manage to hit rough patches, or as friends say, "Oh great, another f-&*king growth opportunity."

Ian Astbury: The Cult's "Smash-and-Grab Buddhist"

James Rotondi | Posted 05.16.2013 | Entertainment
James Rotondi

A restless autodidact who routinely references Joseph Campbell, Terence McKenna, Pema Chödrön, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and other teachers, Astbury leads what he calls "a very nomadic existence."

From Oy to Ohm: Finding My Inner Dalai Lama

Elise Sax | Posted 05.19.2012 | Fifty
Elise Sax

I'm practicing to be a Tibetan nun, but lately I've been wondering if I need hair extensions and Botox. Tibetan nuns probably don't think a lot about hair extensions and Botox, which doesn't say a lot about my chances of becoming a Tibetan nun.

Is This The Antidote To Reactivity?

Michael Sigman | Posted 01.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

Scientific research indicates that meditation practice can actually change our brain structure to ameliorate reactivity. But meditation is just one tool for what, at the extreme, is known as impulse control disorder.

Making Your Own Magic Kingdom

Daniel Will-Harris | Posted 01.01.2012 | Fifty
Daniel Will-Harris

I suspect, though, that a lot of people go simply because it's beautifully designed, run, and people are nice to them. And, come on, isn't that how the whole world should be: well-designed, well-run, with people nice to each other?

What to Do When Spiritual Complacency Sets In

Susan Smalley, Ph.D. | Posted 12.03.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Smalley, Ph.D.

To "not seek" is to evolve without intention, without conscious direction stemming from an awakening heart; while "to seek" is a never-ending process of investigation -- to refine discernment and strengthen direction.

Discovering the Soul Is the True Ethernet -- the Hard Way

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 11.28.2011 | Technology
Georgianne Nienaber

I accidentally deleted over 13,000 messages from my email account and didn't flinch. Well, almost. There was a feeling of panic, but it was followed by a Zen-like calm. Had I effectively erased the past?

Pema Chodron: 'When Things Fall Apart'

Fox Business | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Author Pema Chodron has been on my radar for a while, but you know how it is when life keeps moving and you mean to get to something. Well, I got to ...

4 Steps To Get Unstuck

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

In order to get unstuck, we need to understand that there are perceptions, judgments and opinions that occur so quickly beneath our awareness that we get stuck before we even notice any thoughts arise.

My Mind Has A Mind Of Its Own

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

We hear President Obama recently went on a two-week meditation retreat that wasn't made public. A source close to the President's mind confided some o...

What is True Confidence?

Susan Piver | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Piver

We are accustomed to identifying with every large or small thought that comes along. But you can train yourself to identify as the sky instead.

Is Everyone Addicted To Something?

BJ Gallagher | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
BJ Gallagher

We mood-alter with substances (alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, etc.) and activities (shopping, gambling, sex, work etc.) We are unable to simply be awake and present to life -- so we medicate our existential anxiety.

What Palin, Shatner, And Miss Jasmine Have To Teach Us This Season

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

New Forms, Old Process. Despite the news avalanche surrounding Tiger Woods, he's not the only one standing on shaky ground. It is, however, the unexpected places that lead us to the real.

What's At The Finish Line?

Priscilla Warner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Priscilla Warner

As the new year begins, I'm sure many people have set grandiose goals for themselves that they are determined to meet, with diligence and hard wo...

Getting Unstuck, Finding Some Fun

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

"...I am on my own journey/battle with forgiveness...and I find it very difficult. I feel as if I have reached a standstill. ...perhaps there is a d...

Holidays '09: Ten Books I'll Bet No One Else Will Suggest

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

The whole and entire point of is to identify books you won't hear about in every Conde Nast magazine and online gift guide.

The Gospel According to Brit Hume

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Sigman

Brit Hume, while I wouldn't presume to advise you to take up Buddhism, maybe you could try reading some Buddhist authors like Jack Kornfield or Pema Chodron to supplement your scripture.

Smiling at Fear: Pema Chodron

Alison Rose Levy | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alison Rose Levy

Whether we seek protection, or try to prove how brave we are, we often miss fear's true opportunity to teach us authentic courage.

The Problem With Fear

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

Fear's roots wear many costumes: anxiety, anger, revenge, power grabbing. When our own private 'boogey man' intrudes into life, what's the end-result? Very simply, fear takes us off-course.

Pema Chodron: How To Do Tonglen, A Meditation Practice For Difficult Times

Waylon Lewis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Waylon Lewis

I grew up knowing Pema Chodron (the second most popular Buddhist in America, after that Dalai Lama guy). Or, rather, she knew me (I was just a little kid running around not paying attention to anything).

Hold That Email!

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Sigman

We have a transformative opportunity in moments when our rage impels us to lash out in retaliation.

Eddie's Attic: Singer/Songwriter Ellis in Full Bloom in Atlanta

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Georgianne Nienaber

Check out Eddie's Attic if you are in Atlanta. If you live anywhere on this planet, find Ellis's performance schedule and locations.

Wanna Check out Buddhism? Top 10 Buddhist Teachers Living in America.

Waylon Lewis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Waylon Lewis

Get thee to an eco meditation cushion, if only for a few minutes each morning before the day's madness ensues, and if you need a jump-start of inspiration or a little training, check out one of these Buddhist teachers.