Rick: I congratulate you.

Victor: What for?

Rick: Your work.

Victor: I try.

Rick: We all try. You succeed.

— Casablanca

One area of our life which undoubtedly gives us stress is the workplace. So many of us are being told we need to leave the comforts of home behind…


“From moment to moment, we can choose how we relate to our emotions. This power of choice gives us freedom, and it would be crazy not to take advantage of it.” — Pema Chödrön

When it comes to working with anxiety, we need as many tools on our proverbial tool…


This article is adapted from Lodro Rinzler’s new book “Take Back Your Mind: Buddhist Advice for Anxious Times”

“We’re all born naked and the rest is drag.”

— RuPaul Charles

RuPaul Charles has revolutionized drag culture and has made it accessible like no one else. …


The below is an excerpt from the brand new book “Take Back Your Mind: Buddhist Advice for Anxious Times”

Recently, I was at dinner with friends. The music was pleasant enough, the food tasty, and the company divine. It’s rare this particular group gathers together so it felt like a real treat. At some point, the topic of politics came up (as it tends to at times), and I…


First the bad news: anxiety exists (sorry). As I talk about in my new book, Take Back Your Mind: Buddhist Advice for Anxious Times, it shows up as this veil that separates us from the world around us and sometimes it feels like that veil is impossible to lift. The…


How are you feeling right now?

Photo by Wolfgang Hasselmann on Unsplash

Having taught it for 19 years, people often ask me about the benefits of meditation practice. My go-to answer is a balancing act of the scientifically proven results — you sleep better, develop a better relationship to stress, improve productivity, to name a few — and my personal experience that…


Photo by Moritz Kindler on Unsplash

Given the times we are in, perhaps I should start with a joke: a woman hosts a costume party in her home where everyone is supposed to show up dressed as an emotion. The woman is shocked when she opens her front door and her friend is completely naked, except…


Yesterday I took my dog to the dog park in our small town. Free of iPhones, televisions, and crowds I figured we’d play some fetch and relax. Yet what did the only other two humans at the park want to talk about? How the local Walmart had sold out of…


I’ll never forget the morning in early 2012 I woke up and read an email from someone I had never met. It began, “Dear Lordo — you are a hipster f*ggot b*tch.”

The gentleman went on to say that I should “take off the f*cking rimmed glasses, put on an…


Alternative cover art for “The Buddha Walks into a Bar”

If you have not tamed the enemy of your own anger

Combating outer opponents will only make them multiply.

Therefore, with an army of loving kindness and compassion,

To tame your own mind is the practice of a Bodhisattva.

- Ngulchu Thogme

When I was young I had an alarm…

Lodro Rinzler

Lodro Rinzler is author of “The Buddha Walks into a Bar,” “Love Hurts” and a handful of other fun books on meditation | Co-Founder of MNDFL. lodrorinzler.com

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