Archive for December, 2012

December 27, 2012

Mindful Sip: Giving

by mandy lipka

Before giving, the mind of the giver is happy.
While giving, the mind of the giver is made peaceful.
And having given, the mind of the giver is uplifted.

A friendly reminder for those of us who get carried away by the holidays and lose sight of their meanings a la Anguttara Nikaya.

December 20, 2012

Mindful Texting

by mandy lipka

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My friends joke that this was me. Simply hilarious.

Take a moment to check out the full list of best iPhone autocorrects on BuzzFeed (will update link later). Would love to hear your own pitfalls! I know I’ve had a few myself.

Namaste!

December 18, 2012

Meditation in Portlandia

by mandy lipka

After last week, I’m sure we could all appreciate a little comedic relief. Portlandia is back! I find this one extra hilarious because I had a similar experience with a new yoga teacher this week. If I hadn’t been experiencing such savasana brain, I likely would’ve had the same reaction as Carrie when my goodbye didn’t get a response… (click for video)

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December 14, 2012

Breathe it all in…

by mandy lipka

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On a worldwide tragic day like today, it’s really all we can do. If you’d like to take the extra step, try this. I just got back from a Hatha class and it’s keeping the sadness at bay, for now.

Om mani padme hum

December 5, 2012

Do Mindful Marriages Exist?

by mandy lipka

Written somewhere between 2008-2009

This morning I eaves-read in the Metro that Massachusetts is going to allow out-of-state gay couples to wed here. I was thrilled. Not only is it embracing the triumph of love (after all, if you’ve found it, who cares with whom— excluding first of kin, of course), but it will also boost the commonwealth’s economy. Plenty of my gay friends (the men in particular) would pay top dollar to tell the world she or he has fallen into crazy, can’t-live-without-each-other love.

LOVE - Photo Courtesy: elephantjournal.com

LOVE – Photo Courtesy: elephantjournal.com

But then, it having been pre-morning coffee and a 30-minute wait for the bus, I thought to myself, these days, marriage has turned into an ugly institution. I’ve experienced my grandmother’s divorce to my step-grandfather, my aunt’s divorce, my parent’s out-of-wedlock baby-making and later never-married separation, [mom’s recent divorce to step-father], and the repercussions of my grandmother’s divorce to my grandfather. My two uncles are still going strong in their marriages, but even those aren’t always sunshine and rainbows. I pray that my best friend, married last year, is part of the blissful 50%. Or is it 40% now?

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