Author: The Tattooed Buddha

The Real Reason We Hold on to Stuff & How to Let it Go

  By Leo Babauta While we might want to get out from under the mountain of possessions we have, and have all the best intentions of simplifying our lives, the truth is that we continue to have too much stuff. Part of that is laziness, an attitude of “I’ll get to it later, ”but the real driving force behind our too-much-stuffitis is fear. Fear is what causes us to buy things we don’t really need. Fear keeps us holding onto stuff we don’t need. Consider: You pack too much when you travel, and have a garage full of stuff, just...

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Growth Means Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

  By Louis De Lauro I remember visiting Russia. It felt like another universe. I remember wearing really short gym shorts provided by my middle school in the 1980’s. The shorts made me feel nearly naked and embarrassed. I remember traveling to China and walking the streets alone looking for the best dumplings; an old man told me he was impressed by the grandness of my nose. Yes, I have a big nose. I remember when I was a kid and my friends and I tried every sport we could. We even raced our bikes around the school track....

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The Benefits of Walking Barefoot

  By Michael Grey   “Touch, sweet touch, you’ve given me too much to feel. Sweet Touch, you’ve almost convinced me I’m real” – Daft Punk. I know from cycling and yoga how dedicated structured movement can free the mind of thinking, as one attends to the task. The path is one of the mind and body joining, attending to it’s wholeness. The first time I witnessed my mind really quiet and felt a state of solid emotional calmness was via guided yoga asanas with meditation. I am reminded of the quote by Pema Chodron, “It’s also helpful to...

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A Dudeist Shines a Light on Fixation: We All Do it, Man, but Here is How to Stop

  By Lee Glazier Hey, Dudes. Today I’m gonna talk about, uh, attention? Yeah, attention. Far out. Siddhartha said, “Whatever a monk keeps pursuing with his thinking and pondering, that becomes the inclination of his awareness.” Boundless Heart, a book by Christina Feldman, puts a groovy spin on it: “What we frequently think about and dwell upon becomes the shape of our mind. The shape of our mind shapes our world of experience.” Most of us know this as the, uh, fake Buddha quote: “What you think, you become.” I love quotes; they make my job a lot easier....

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My Life is Awful & My Life is Amazing (And Sometimes it is Just Okay)

  By Louis De Lauro I can’t believe that 50 years of life is just three months away. 50 is a hard number to dismiss. I have friends my age that run and play. Friends who 5K, 10K, and tough-mudder their way through life. I watch them run and play on social media and occasionally in person, and I cheer them on. I sat down on a big chair tonight at 7 pm with broken knees and a neck that can only move a bit. I’m overweight; I’m underpaid. My grey hair is colored brown. I am exhausted. I clearly have two—maybe three—chins....

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