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Transforming Anger and Resentment into Gratitude

    Bitterness, anger, and resentment can lie dormant inside us yet infiltrate our every moment. We often don’t see these disturbing thoughts and feelings especially when we’ve been living with them day after day after day.  We might try to suppress this or we can find ourselves exploding these feelings out into the world, not even intentionally. […]

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Your Phone vs Loving Kindness Meditation

re-posted from NYTimes Sunday Review / Opinion Pages      Barbara L. Fredickson   March 23, 2013   photo by Kristian Hammerstad CAN you remember the last time you were in a public space in America and didn’t notice that half the people around you were bent over a digital screen, thumbing a connection to somewhere […]

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Welcoming a son home from combat duty – Judith Black

Judith Black is a storyteller in Massachusetts.  I first heard about Judith from a friend who was a finalist for the MASSMOUTH’s Big 2010 Mouth Off champion.   My friend was going to tell a 4 minute story in front of 350 people and 5 celebrity judges at the Boston Public Library on april 20, […]

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Loving Kindness Meditation

  Buddhist Practice of Loving Kindness Meditation Loving kindness meditation is a beautiful antidote to the negative messages trauma survivors live with. It’s a Buddhist practice of meditation that helps cultivate the gentle, loving kindness that soothes and nurtures the pain of a trauma history. When I work with someone who is just starting out […]

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Concentration Meditation

Redirecting Your Course with Concentration Meditation Concentration meditation encourages the mind to grow in the direction you want it to away from those areas you don’t want it to grow. –Gehlek Rimpoche Those who have suffered from trauma know how hard it can be to focus the mind or stay directed without losing course. We […]

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Compassion Meditation

With trauma comes suffering. I don’t think there’s any way around that. I’ve seen people (myself included) try to avoid suffering, try to sidestep it. It doesn’t seem to work. Until the trauma heals, the suffering always seems to be there under the surface. Luckily for us, there’s an answer. Compassion meditation provides a foundation […]

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Classic Phrases of Metta

Classic Phrases of Metta Loving Kindness Meditation The classic way to practice metta is to recite four phrases over and over again silently, letting each phrase be savored before going on to the next. Sharon Salzberg is the Buddhist teacher who popularized this practice in the West. She wrote a beautiful book Loving Kindness: The […]

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