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Lesson #4: Putting it into practice

May 18, 2012

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In my last post, I discussed one of my favorite lessons from a Vipassana mediation course. The lesson that we can choose whether or not to accept someone’s anger and/or rotten attitude. But sometimes, when I’m sharing this with clients, there’s a tendency towards misunderstanding. Because it’s a completely new way of thinking about our […]

Lesson #4: You don’t have to take it.

May 17, 2012

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Each evening, in a Vipassana meditation course, the students listen to an hour-long lecture from the teacher, S.N. Goenka. The lectures aren’t like the lectures you sat through in grad school. They are stories and explanations, and most are usually pretty funny because they point out our universally irrational habits. One of my favorites reminds […]

Lesson #3: Putting it into practice

May 11, 2012

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This is a pretty mountain, isn’t it? That’s because it was created by nature. The other kinds of mountains, the scary kind that your mind creates, aren’t so nice.  As you go throughout your week, watch how your mind will take one, small thing and snowball it into something much bigger than it deserves to […]

Lesson #3: Molehills into Mountains: The Mind’s Metier

May 10, 2012

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One of my favorite spiritual gurus, Byron Katie, constantly challenges her clients to explore the question,”Who would you be without your story?” And by that, I believe what she’s asking is who would we be if we started to examine the destructive narratives our minds come up with? Who would we be if we stopped […]

Lesson #2: Putting it into practice

May 8, 2012

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In my last post, I discussed how humbling it is for me to realize how many assumptions I make about others during a meditation retreat. Assumptions that are often totally off-base. Without direct communication, it’s easy to just start projecting one’s insecurities and fears onto other people. In life, there are many times when we […]

Lesson #2: We make a lot of erroneous assumptions about people.

May 7, 2012

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During a Vipassana retreat, there’s no communication with anyone else allowed. And when I say no communication, I’m not just talking about talking. You aren’t supposed to have any non-verbal with any one else, either. No eye contact, no gestures, no mouthing, “No coffee?!?” to the person next to you when you realize, at 5 […]

Putting it into practice

May 3, 2012

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One of the things I love most about Vipassana meditation is that it’s just so pragmatic. Sure this is a 2500 year old technique. But so much of what I’ve learned is directly applicable to my everyday life. The lessons I’ve learned in Vipassana will probably continue to serve me forever. Which is why I’m […]