4 Steps to Surviving the Sucky Feeling of Being Left Out

By: Tory  |  Published: May 29th, 2012   |  Category: Buddhism, friendship, jealousy, Rants & Raves, women

        You tend to turn very cold and feel a little nauseous. Your heart beats rapidly and your mind starts racing. A black cloud of anger and panic immediately looms over your head and your heart. Yes, these are the lovely symptoms most people experience after being left out. It does not matter how old you are or how much money you have. Every one will feel left out at some point in their lives and the feeling sucks just as bad if you are 11, 35 or 64 years old. As my mother always says: “I […]

The Betty Draper Experiment

By: Tory  |  Published: October 4th, 2011   |  Category: Beauty, betty draper, career, don draper, january jones, jon hamm, mad men, Tory Shulman News, women

Went home for a quick visit to DC to celebrate my Grandma’s 95th birthday party. She is the wild one in the family and I seem to share more traits with her than most-but sadly she has lost a bit of a grip on reality. Thankfully though, not her sense of humor. When asked how old she was–she proudly responded “12” and spit her tongue out at me when I tried to take away her Bourbon and soda. To keep myself occupied, I brought along Season 1 and Season 2 of Mad Men which I had never seen. I quickly […]

My “HaHa” Moment

By: Tory  |  Published: August 16th, 2011   |  Category: Buddhism, Funny Stuff, pema chodron, Relationships, Tory Shulman News, women

I know Buddhism and hilarity don’t usually go hand in hand but just listen to this story my Buddhist teacher Pema Chodron recently told. Trust me, it’s a “haha” moment. Pema relayed to the group that a couple of years ago she was leading a 2 week retreat titled: “Drive All Blames into One.” The retreat was meant to emphasize the utter importance of looking inward in every situation, even if you think you did nothing wrong. One must always take responsibility for the part they played. At the end of the two weeks Pema was answering questions when a […]

Tonglen–The Brilliant Buddhist Method of Breathing Backwards

By: Tory  |  Published: August 2nd, 2011   |  Category: Buddhism, friendship, jealousy, pema chodron, Rants & Raves, Relationships, women

Some of you might have seen my recent tweet about a beautiful, bubbly, blonde who just joined my acting class. She is beyond sweet with a sultry southern flavor and she bakes Nestle Chocolate Chip Cookies for every single class. And yes, they are still warm when I stuff five of them into my mouth at once. In short, she is a total sweetheart which makes her enemy #1. I say this as a joke obviously. Kind of. Sort of. To be totally honest, the second I laid eyes on her in rehearsal, I stepped out of the room and […]