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You are What You Hate: More Advice from Pema Chodron

Oh my God, I wasn’t in the door five minutes today when I found myself boiling with irritation. The drive! Please, the hurricane was on Sunday. Why are people still driving like they can’t find the
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Sit on Your Hands: What to do when the world is turned upside down

Beautiful weather we’ve been having. Yesterday, after the earthquake nonsense, I sat for a few moments on a bench. Fall is coming. Already there are leaves curled on the grass, but the sky was blue,
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Inner Calm: Wisdom from the Dalai Lama, stock market blues

One of the reasons I find Buddhism so encouraging is that as you read across traditions and lineages — that is, if you read Zen, or Tibetan, or Cambodian, or Indian expressions of Buddhism, they don’t
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Why are Addicts, Addicts? : A blunted system for reward?

Why do some people become addicts, and other people seem to handle the alcohol and the drugs, or even play around with them for awhile and shake them. The New York Times had an uncharacteristically
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Stressed Out Financially?: Who isn’t. Here are some tips on how to regain control

A reader wrote to me the other day to point out that I never wrote about money. Yes… And it is my terrible blindspot, it is the thing that I suck at, and so of course, I avoid the subject whenever
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I Love Marmite: Sex, TV, and Mondays

Now, I bet few of you have even heard of Marmite. Well, as the product of a British childhood, I practically bathe in the stuff. Marmite is a black, tar like product that comes out of jar that is
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Aging: Does Life Get Better? A recent study says so, I’m not so sure

And you think first to yourself, God I hope so. Well, I’m not much for the heat, and it’s so hot where I’m writing today that the sprinkler outside my window is spitting what looks like white ash into
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High School: Good Thing, Bad Thing

It was my high school reunion last week. I won’t tell you how many years it has been. Just as is true of my last reunion, I didn’t go. I was tempted to. I wanted to call my two best friends and say:
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Non, je ne regrette rien!: If only we could live up to Piaf’s motto

I heard a snippet of Edith Piaf singing “Non, je ne regette rien!” on the radio as I was driving home the other day. Boy, it steers about as close to kitsch as a song can steer while remaining on two
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Wisdom from Pema Chodron: “We Just Don’t Know”

There are a small handful of genuinely insightful beings in the world, and one of them is Pema Chodron, who was born Deirdre Brown in 1936, went to Miss Porter’s School in Farmington Conn., but is now
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