Personal Development, Meditation and Social Action
“Random acts of kindness are essential to our wellbeing, as they liberate us from self-obsession, selfishness, and isolation; they are the result of an open and loving nature.”
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Ed and Deb Shapiro
Ed & Deb Shapiro are a joyful and inspirational couple who recognize the inherent goodness of all beings, bringing upliftment, wisdom and compassion to the journey we all are traveling. They are the authors of eighteen books on personal development, meditation and social action, many published in over seventeen languages. Their latest book is The Unexpected Power of Mindfulness & Meditation. It is filled with the personal accounts from world-renown luminaries on how meditation has positively impacted their lives.
Ed & Deb have led meditation retreats and personal development programs worldwide for over 25 years; are featured columnists on Awaken.com, Care2.com and the HuffingtonPost.com; they are corporate consultants and personal coaches who have worked with CEO’s and senior management internationally.
Ed was born in the Bronx, New York, where he won the New York City dance championships. He was initiated as Swami Brahmananda in India. After returning to the US he has been teaching Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga Nidra. He is a respected meditation teacher who is sought after for his compassionate understanding of the human condition.
Deb was born in England and grew up in London, the grand-daughter of Sir Winston Churchill’s speechwriter. She is highly respected for her intuitive understanding of the bodymind relationship. Her book, Your Body Speaks Your Mind, won the 2007 Visionary Book Award, and is published in 18 languages. She co-founded the Maitreya Institute in Hawaii for His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche. She has been teaching bodymind awareness and meditation for over 25 years.
Articles and Videos
- Are You Here And Now? If Not, Where?views: 554
by Ed and Deb Shapiro: Do you live in your head? In your body? In your emotions? In your desires? Normally, we spend our time either living in what-could-have-been or what-might-have-been or if-only, or in the expectation of what-could-be or [...]
- Are You Happier Today Than You Were Yesterday?views: 409
by Ed and Deb Shapiro: We were in Thailand, attending a ten-day silent meditation retreat in the middle of a coconut grove… Every day Ajaha Dharma Tan, a Thai monk, would come to teach, and each day he would ask [...]
- Mindfulness & Meditation: What’s The Difference?views: 662
by Ed and Deb Shapiro: “In any one day there are moments where there is nothing going on, but we link up what is happening from thought to thought without any space… We overlook the spaciousness that it’s all happening [...]
- The Unexpected Power Of Mindfulness & Meditationviews: 1261
Ed and Deb Shapiro: There is a sanity and brilliance to mindfulness and meditation, from awakening inner strength, kindness and fearlessness to inviting radical change. “Anyone interested in meditation should read this book.” The Dalai Lama People everywhere are now [...]
- Seeing With New Eyesviews: 650
by Ed and Deb Shapiro: By paying attention you see all things just as they are… A monk asks, ‘Is there anything more miraculous than the wonders of nature?’ The master replies, ‘Yes, your awareness of the wonders of nature.’ [...]