Monthly Archives: October 2010

Medical Science And Meditation

In my post of September 21, 2010 (Ruling The Monkey Mind), I discussed the virtues of practicing mindful meditation.  On October 26, 2010, CNN published an article regarding the work of neuroscientists in which it discussed evidence that meditation may … Continue reading

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Being The Change

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”  Mahatma Gandhi. Like most of us, I have seen and heard this quote from Gandhi many times.  But it wasn’t until this past weekend that I started to … Continue reading

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Ask Yourself These Things

I’ve just finished the new memoir from Liz Murray entitled Breaking Night.  It tells the incredible and inspiring story of Ms. Murray’s life journey from a severely impoverished childhood in the Bronx to her rise to attending and graduating from Harvard … Continue reading

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Rocco DeLuca – The Ethereal Artist

One of the greatest thrills in life for me is to discover a truly unique individual.  And I’m all the more excited when the person happens to be an artist of some kind – whether a musician, visual artist, or writer.  I … Continue reading

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Bad Days

Like anyone, I occasionally have a bad day.  Well, mine are usually a bundle of bad days in a row – they seem to come in two’s or three’s.  I had a bundle that started on late Sunday afternoon.  It’s late Tuesday … Continue reading

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“The Fred Factor” And Dario Lazo

Several years ago, I ran across a little motivational book entitled The Fred Factor by Mark Sanborn.  The book tells the true story of the author’s mailman, Fred, and how Fred turned what everyone considers to be the ordinary job of delivering … Continue reading

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The Noble Eightfold Path

This is part three of my posts on the basics of Buddhism.  This will discuss where we left off in part two (Four Noble Truths).  You will recall that the fourth noble truth – the path to the end of … Continue reading

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The Exaltation Of Liu Xiaobo

On Friday, October 8, 2010, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese dissident serving an 11-year prison term for his calls for human rights and democratization in China.  Liu … Continue reading

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At Least You Know

I’d say the worst of my anxiety and depression lasted somewhere between six and seven years.  This is A LOT of time.  And quite a bit of damage was done – to me, to my family, my friends.  By now, … Continue reading

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Yoga And The Reverend Albert Mohler

Yesterday, MSNBC ran a news story entitled “Southern Baptist Leader Nixes Yoga For Christians.”  The article focused its attention on an essay written by Rev. Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Seminary, wherein Mohler condemns yoga for Christians.  In his essay, he goes on to say, … Continue reading

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In Admiration Of Eric Ripert

It would be an understatement to say that, for a man his age (born in 1965 in Antibes, France), Chef Eric Ripert is quite accomplished.  From his home base of New York City, he is an owner/executive chef of four of the … Continue reading

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The Four Noble Truths

In a previous post, I indicated that I would be posting on occasion about some of the basics of my religion, Buddhism.  This is the second installment and contains a brief overview of the most basic truth emanating from the … Continue reading

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Thich Nhat Hanh – The Essence Of Peace

Born October 11, 1926, Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist monk, writer, teacher and peace activist based in France.  Originally from Vietnam, he began studying Buddhism as a novice at age 16 and became an ordained monk in his early 20′s.  In the 1960′s, he … Continue reading

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