How Stress Changes Your Brain

Our hard-wired stress response is designed to gives us the quick burst of heightened alertness and energy needed to perform our best. But as we have each experienced for ourselves, stress isn’t all good. When activated too long or too often, stress can damage virtually every part of our body. In fact, continuous stress actually begins to change the physical make up of the brain.

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Is Contentment the Secret to Happiness?

In a recent interview, Pema Chödrön was asked, “What is happiness?” Her response is the inspiration we need to return to the moment.

With Mindfulness Awareness Practice, It’s All in the Moment

Mindfulness-Awareness Practice provides us with the tools to reframe our world, no matter where we find ourselves.

How Mindfulness Can Save Us From Drowning in Potential

Mindfulness Meditation suggests we start the new year not with criticism and condemnation, but with an appreciation for the mind, body, and heart we have today.

Why I Meditate: To Be Kinder To Myself

Photo by Amelia H. Krales My name is Sabina Ksiezopolska and I am a member of the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York. I would like to share with you how the center has become a second home to me. I had only been living in Brooklyn for less than a year when I was … Continue 

Opening The Present And Receiving The Gift Of Your Life

Welcome to spring! It’s exciting to have nice weather. Its great to get outside and do dirty things to the lawn. Its a relief to be part of the world outside my brain for a change. To step out and play. To actually open up and be part of my own life. What the heck, … Continue 

Acknowledging or Denying Fear: Mindfulness In Business

During one of my lectures on “Mindfulness meditation and business leadership”, I asked a roomful of business leaders two simple questions. “Making a living can be pretty tough and the challenges can often appear intimidating.  Many of our jobs and businesses are at risk. We have children to care for; mortgages to pay; and college … Continue 

Elements, Emotions, Awareness and Transformation

We live in a very colorful world, full of intense emotions, preconceptions, doubts, insights, sanity and confusion. Maitri practice locates itself right in the middle of this swirling world and invites us to see within all this the path to liberation. Maitri practice is based on a series of five postures, which are connected with … Continue 

The New Yorker Magazine Interviews Sakyong Mipham

The New Yorker Magazine interviews Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche on video about basic goodness, mindfulness and societal change. “Last week, New York welcomed Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, the leader of the Shambhala Buddhist community, when he spoke at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. The Sakyong, which means “king”—or, literally translated, “earth protector”—in Tibetan, is an … Continue 

Rising to the Challenge with Sakyong Mipham

The crowd of 800 packing the auditorium of the New York Society for Ethical Culture on Friday night to hear Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche speak was itself a microcosm of society. There were those whose involvement with Shambhala go as far back as the 70s when they studied directly with the Sakyong’s father, Shambhala founder Chogyam … Continue