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Emily Herzlin graduated New York University with a B.A. in Dramatic Literature and Creative Writing in 2008. She is a freelance writer for the Women’s International Perspective, and her writing has been published in Sentient City, the ID Project’s online literary magazine. Emily is also a playwright and winner of the Young Playwrights Inc. National Playwrighting Competition for her one-act play “Assemblage.” Her writing is influenced by art, artists, psychology, and spirituality. She has run drama and arts workshops in schools in NYC and Long Island, and teaches children with autism. Emily is working on her M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction at Columbia University School of the Arts. Emily has been attending classes and workshops at the ID Project since 2005.

Questions from A Yoga Newbie

posted by Emily Herzlin

A question for meditators and yoga practitioners: As a meditator, I’ve wanted to get into yoga for a long time now. I finally went to my first real yoga class at OM Yoga, a center located near Union Square in […]

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I Am (Not) The Blue Cheese

posted by Emily Herzlin

This past weekend I went to a homecoming party for a friend who I haven’t seen in about a year. Seeing this friend for the first time in such a long time brought up some things that made me think […]

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The Five Fabulous Behaviors

posted by Emily Herzlin

“The world that we live in is fabulous. It is utterly workable.”  – Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, The Sanity We are Born With The current discussion on Buddhism and Psychology going on at the ID Project has been centered around Chogyam […]

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When in Limbo, Hit the Cushion

posted by Emily Herzlin

I find that during periods of major change in my life, the notion of a daily meditation practice is met with a mental aversion so strong that even looking at my meditation cushion ready and waiting for me in the […]

CTRL + ALT + DELETE + MEDITATE ON THIS

posted by Emily Herzlin

It was a quiet Sunday morning, just before a thunderstorm was to break out over New York City. The sky was bright and gray at the same time, with clouds closing in over 27th Street like a camera shutter. Little […]

I’ll Have One Order of Buddhism, Hold the Enlightenment

posted by Emily Herzlin

I’ve always had this problem called being an overachiever. I frequently have unrealistic expectations of myself, and mentally beat myself up when I fall short of these ideals. So when I first started becoming interested in Buddhism I said to […]

Setting the Stage

posted by Emily Herzlin

I’m in the midst of searching for a new apartment in New York City, a task I do not look forward to. In the back of my mind is the dream that one day I could make a separate space […]

The SUPERmarket Heroes

posted by Emily Herzlin

Last week I saw a young woman get attacked on the street, in what I always thought of as a really safe neighborhood, in broad daylight. As she walked past a supermarket, a man rushed at her and grabbed her […]

Pencil In Some Peace

posted by Emily Herzlin

Okay what do I have to do today? Make breakfast, dry hair, pick out cute but functional outfit, get to work on time, while at work remember everything I need to do for all the students, during prep time do […]

An Attempt to Communicate Pure Joy

posted by Emily Herzlin

The word “miracle” is maybe too strong. Maybe. But I’m going to use it anyway. It was a freaking miracle. I could not believe what was on the piece of paper. There it was. Clear as day. The most beautiful […]

What I Did For Love – The 2009 Tony Awards

posted by Emily Herzlin

For many theatre devotees, this past Sunday was the dramatic equivalent of the Superbowl – the Tony Awards. When I was younger I got so excited for the evening and watched it on TV with my family, but in past […]

No Smoking in Shangri-La

posted by Emily Herzlin

On Monday June 1st, Nebraska banned smoking in most public indoor places, and Japan also banned smoking on limited and express trains on Japan Railway Group. In May, North Carolina and Michigan banned smoking in public places. LA County plans […]

Paging Dr. House!

posted by Emily Herzlin

The train clamored on down past 86th Street. The weather had finally started to clear up after a long stint of rainy days and yet I had chosen to take the subway rather than the more scenic bus to get […]

Oh I’m Still The Top, Alright

posted by Emily Herzlin

So apparently, after 12 fantastic years, I am no longer #1. “Emily” has lost its spot as the most popular name for girls. Now it’s Emma. Whatever.

The Curse of the Older Sibling

posted by Emily Herzlin

Recently I’ve found myself with the urge to take better care of myself. Eating healthier, exercising more, going to bed earlier, sticking to my meditation practice. I’m not worrying about catching the swine flu, this isn’t a totally neurotic thing. […]

There’s a Whole Lot of Earwax on These Fingers

posted by Emily Herzlin

On Monday, April 27, 2009 I closed the NASDAQ – yes, that’s right. Y’all can thank little ol’ me for stopping the American economy’s losses in stocks that day. Why did I get to go to the NASDAQ? Because I’m […]

Top “Green” Chef?

posted by Emily Herzlin

Maureen Dowd’s last article in Sunday’s Times got me thinking… We all know it’s great to eat locally grown food and to cook your own meals, and I wonder: Are restaurants bad for the environment? I did some research and […]

Holy Moses!

posted by Emily Herzlin

An Imagined Dialogue about Passover Characters: MOSES and EMILY (AKA Emily Herzlin) Please note: I am not schizophrenic, just a little bit eccentric. This is what happens when I let my inner dialogue play out. Or maybe I’ve just been […]

Thoughts from a JuBu, Part 2: Passover

posted by Emily Herzlin

Last year at my dad’s Passover seder, I made more than my fair share of comments about how out of touch I felt the Haggadah we were using was. For the non-Jewish Buddhists out there, a Haggadah is the special […]

The Couch and the Tree

posted by Emily Herzlin

I started reading this book, The Couch and the Tree: Dialogues in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism, edited by Anthony Molino. It is a compilation of essays, the first of which is titled “Psychology in Primitive Buddhism,” by Joe Tom Sun, published […]

Mindful Spending

posted by Emily Herzlin

I take out my wallet and hand the guy behind the counter two crisp dollar bills with barely a thought. I sip the coffee and I’m not sure if I actually even wanted it. What is the mental process involved […]

Kale Chips and Roasted Chickpeas

posted by Emily Herzlin

The dials on my oven don’t have numbers on them – I suppose that over the years before I came to inhabit this apartment they have simply faded off. Sadly, this kept me from using my oven as much as […]

Stupid/Brilliant: Setting the Record Straight

posted by Emily Herzlin

Okay guys, watch out – it’s gonna get personal. I’ve been thinking a lot about Judith Warner’s article in the New York Times and would like to add some more thoughts to our discussion. I worry sometimes…not sometimes, often…about emotional […]

Right Action, Right Effort, Right Snooze

posted by Emily Herzlin

At 9:30pm on any given Tuesday night, what I’d really like to do most in the world is watch just one more episode of House or Six Feet Under. However, lately I’ve been trying my very best to restrain myself. […]

Sometimes I Get Upset When Things Are New Or Different

posted by Emily Herzlin

Sometimes I get upset when things are new or different. I look like this when I get upset… When I feel upset I can say, “I need a break.” When I take a break I need to be calm. I […]

So…No More Homework?

posted by Emily Herzlin

I checked out of a hotel yesterday (actually went on vacation – woohoo!) and as I pressed the elevator button to go to the lobby, a little boy and his mom showed up. The boy let out a disappointed sigh. […]

The Buddhist and the Banker: A Love Story

posted by Emily Herzlin

One day a girl in her early twenties who was interested in her mind came upon a man in a Zegna suit and a Brioni tie. Hoping he would turn into a frog (or anything besides a banker), she kissed […]

Green(er) Jewelry

posted by Emily Herzlin

I love jewelry. Is it necessary? No. But I enjoy wearing jewelry that I feel personally connected to as an expression of my identity (wow, how many examples of attachment can you find in that sentence?) Take a look at […]

To Blame or Not to Blame…our Parents

posted by Emily Herzlin

Dr. Miles Neale, contemplative psychotherapist, visited the ID Project last Monday. He talked to us about the relationship between meditation and the psychoanalytic method of therapy, but one of the most interesting aspects of the evening for me was the […]

The Content of Our Nation’s Character

posted by Emily Herzlin

I saw this article in Sunday’s section of the Herald, the local Long Island newspaper I grew up reading. The article recalls a historic event in Rockville Centre, my hometown. On March 26, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke […]

Eloping from the Moment

posted by Emily Herzlin

To elope, in the learning method of Applied Behavior Analysis (and probably others that I’m not aware of), means to run away as an escape. When I first heard this word used that way, I thought it was strange. I’ve […]

In the Spirit of a More Peaceful 2009

posted by Emily Herzlin

The world recently celebrated the poet Rumi’s 801st birthday. Rumi, a Sufi mystic poet from the 13th Century, preached tolerance, compassion, and love above all else. While traditional Sufism leans towards religious language (referring often to God and prayer), I […]

Thoughts from a JuBu, part 1

posted by Emily Herzlin

Last week I posted a few facts about Jewish Buddhists and realized it was not nearly enough. I’d like to begin with the first installment of a series of posts on the topic of the Jewish/Buddhist connection. Hanukkah was this […]

The Dharma and The Dreidel

posted by Emily Herzlin

In honor of Hanukkah, here are some fun facts about BUJUs! A BUJU (or JUBU) is someone of Jewish decent (cultural or religious) who has a serious interest in, has converted to, or practices Buddhism. According to MyJewishLearning.com: Charles T. […]

Planet Slayer and The Lorax

posted by Emily Herzlin

I might be behind on the literature front, but a coworker just pointed me in the direction of a Dr. Seuss book called The Lorax. I picked it up at the Strand, and it’s this environmentally conscious children’s book about […]

FOX Reality TV Show…With a Hint of Wisdom?

posted by Emily Herzlin

This past Saturday morning I woke up but hadn’t really woken up yet, so I went to the website www.Hulu.com (a perfectly legal site) to catch up on some of the episodes of The Office that I’ve missed (GOD I […]

The Wheels on the Bus Go…Oh, Hell No

posted by Emily Herzlin

Every day I take the M15 Limited bus up 1st Avenue to work. I like this bus. It stops just a couple blocks away from my apartment, and drops me off only a few steps from the school I work […]

Did Sarah Palin Turn Me Vegetarian?

posted by Emily Herzlin

Against my better judgment I watched the Sarah Palin turkey farm interview. I will not post a link on here because it is gruesome. If you want to watch it, feel free to find it on your own on Youtube.

The Scary Dynamics of Standing in Line

posted by Emily Herzlin

Sunday night at South Station in Boston on my way to catch a bus back to New York, I had a scary encounter with aggression. My friend Brett and I booked tickets on Bolt Bus early in the week. Bolt […]

Wham, ma’am, thank you, BAM.

posted by Emily Herzlin

I liked playing with blocks as a kid, building grand castles out of wooden shapes painted primary colors. I was also the Tetris Queen; I held the high score on my dad’s stone age computer until we got rid of […]

Where to Put that Election Anxiety?

posted by Emily Herzlin

It’s Election Day Eve, tomorrow (hopefully) the next four years of this country’s political future will be decided, and I’m sitting here freaking out about cockroaches in my apartment. It all started this evening when I got home from work […]

Grocery Stores and the GOP

posted by Emily Herzlin

To begin with, a shameless plug. Now, down to the nitty gritty. I rarely get nightmares anymore; I’m so tired these days that once I zonk out, I’m out for the night and my dreams are lost to the hours. […]

Falling in Love with Fall

posted by Emily Herzlin

The good news: I went thirteen months without consuming a cup of coffee. The sort of bad news: tonight I drank a cup of coffee for the first time in thirteen months. How did I accomplish this? you may ask. […]

Snapshot of Young Women Voters

posted by Emily Herzlin

In preparation for an article I’m working on, I e-mailed about 50 female college students and asked them these questions: 1) Are you voting in the 2008 election? Why or why not? 2) What are the issues that matter the […]

As Pieces of Cloud Dissolve in Sunlight

posted by Emily Herzlin

This week I had the impulse to e-mail the One City bloggers and ask someone to take my spot this week since I wouldn’t be able to do my post, leaving out the details of why. About to click send […]

Lovingkindness is Easy When…

posted by Emily Herzlin

Allow me to indulge in some pride – pride I have in my 16-year-old sister, Kate. Last week, while other teenagers pined over the Jonas Brothers or lamented over Clay Aiken, my sister did this. She rounded up a group […]

The Montagues and the Capulets Got Nothin’ on Us

posted by Emily Herzlin

My friend Lisa threw herself down in her desk chair and ran her hands through her curly hair in despair. “I just don’t know what to do, you guys! Ugh! HELP ME!” She bemoaned, “He’s a really great kisser and […]

A Dramatic Experiment

posted by Emily Herzlin

This past Saturday the ID Project had its first ever day-long arts retreat. It was an event that I had been looking forward to for a while, so much so that I put off taking my assistant teacher certification exam […]

When Recycling’s the Least of Your Worries

posted by Emily Herzlin

I returned to my apartment in the middle of the day on a Friday. Upon strolling down the block I was greeted with a foul stench in the air – a mix of rotting newspapers and dust and orange rinds […]

I’m Laughing at Clouds

posted by Emily Herzlin

Sunday night I went to a friend’s going away party. The party was fun and a lot of my close friends were there, but there were two things that bothered me throughout the evening. One was personal, one was more […]

Once More Unto the Breach, Dear…Teeth…

posted by Emily Herzlin

This story shall the hygienist teach her intern; And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by, From this day to the ending of the world, But we in it shall be drilled and bonded – We few, we happy few, we […]

NY Times Causes IDP Blogger’s Eyes to Explode

posted by Emily Herzlin

Sorry to post out of turn, but this was in today’s New York Times: 10 Things to Scratch from your Worry List. “For most of the year, it is the duty of the press to scour the known universe looking […]

How do you say “Oy Vey” in Swedish?

posted by Emily Herzlin

This video isn’t new, it’s from about a year ago, but in celebration of having successfully assembled all my new IKEA furniture (which is an adventure in patience and commitment and, well, splinters), I thought I’d post this. Mark Malkoff, […]

Good Night, Sleep Tight, Don’t Let the Bedbugs Vote Republican

posted by Emily Herzlin

AKA: How Bedbugs Ruined my Low Impact Consumption Month.

that “heat of the moment” moment, and other thoughts on anger

posted by Emily Herzlin

Not to sound repetitive, but I’ve been thinking a lot about anger lately. At the retreat last month we talked about feelings of anger towards others. But what about anger that is directed AT us, from someone else other than […]

Wall-E: The anti-robot.

posted by Emily Herzlin

SPOILER ALERT!!! I might as well play it safe and let you know ahead of time that there may be some unintentional spoilers in this post. So if you haven’t seen the movie yet and you’re concerned about not getting […]

Chromoluminarism

posted by Emily Herzlin

This past Thursday I went to see the Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George. Sadly it closed this weekend, but if you ever get the chance to see a production, you should seize the opportunity. It really […]

Teachers as Compassionate Warriors

posted by Emily Herzlin

Speaking of self anger. I had a very profound moment last week. The fact of whether or not it was justified is irrelevant; it was there. And it totally, and I mean TOTALLY sucked. Based on this I would recommend […]

A Tony Award for Keith Olbermann

posted by Emily Herzlin

I have a new crush (giggle). It’s always so exciting, at the beginning, when the other person can do no wrong. When everything they say is music to your ears. Sigh. Cue violins and chirping birds. Okay, maybe I’m not […]

the line between “bad” and “bad for us”

posted by Emily Herzlin

Okay. I may get voted off the One City Blog for this one, but that’s a chance I have to take. There’s been a lot of Sex and the City talk on this blog lately, and I hope you don’t […]

so long nyu

posted by Emily Herzlin

I step out of the shower and onto the robin’s egg blue bathmat. I curl my toes in and try to stand on the outside of the soles my feet so that only the smallest surface area touches the mysteriously […]

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