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Sylvia Boorstein

Sylvia Boorstein, PhD, has been teaching Dharma and mindfulness meditation since 1985. She is a founding Spirit Rock teacher, a psychologist, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She is particularly interested in emphasizing daily life as mindfulness practice and including informed citizenship and social activism as integral to spiritual maturation.

Her books include: It's Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness; Don't Just Do Something, Sit There: A Mindfulness Retreat; That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist; Pay Attention for Goodness' Sake: The Buddhist Path of Kindness and Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life.

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Featured Audio Talk
January 5, 2015 - New Years Resolutions

I’ll start with telling you one of the resolutions I made last year around Wise Speech: I decided I would give up the word “should.” And I listened to myself! Even in the middle of a sentence, if I said “I should” or “he should have”... It doesn’t matter if he should have—he didn’t. What I really mean, and what is much sweeter for my mind to hear, is “I wish I had done that,” or “I wish he had,” and now I say it that way. It just keeps my mind a sweeter neighborhood with less bad people in it.

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