Author: The Tattooed Buddha

The Faces of Meditation: Rae McPherson

  By Rae McPherson I was first introduced to meditation nearly 10 years ago. Plagued with anxiety a psychologist introduced me to mindfulness and suggested a regular meditation practice to ease my troubled mind. At first it was too uncomfortable to “be” with my breath so I used guided meditation. Some days the anxious thoughts and their affects on my body made even that too uncomfortable. I found that combining mindful breathing with jewelry, and eventually Mala making, allowed me to build a practice that was creative and sustainable. I do a sitting practice and a walking practice as...

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Finding Self-Love with Bhakti

  By Pranada Comtois We are driven for love and by love. We must feel loved to feel whole. But do you feel lovable or loved? Sometimes? All the time? Almost never? You may have a life companion, family and friends, yet not feel loved or worthy of love. Or you may be a loner without significant relationships but feel lovable and loved. Loving relationships can go a long way in confirming our worth, countering negative self talk, and making us feel lovable. But they aren’t what make us feel lovable. If we don’t love ourselves—truly, deeply, fully, and...

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The Faces of Meditation: Jeff Eisenberg

  By Jeff Eisenberg I was first exposed to meditation as part of my martial arts training. I started martial arts as a child, and my beginning experience with meditation was simply as a means used by the instructor to teach us to develop the ability of self restraint through the mandate of forcing us to simply sit still. Which, for a bunch of hyper kids, this idea transferred to our understanding the practice as one of forcing ourselves to not move. Since we were not given any further instructions on how not to move, I accomplished this miraculous...

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I Don’t Want God Answering My Every Need

  By Daniel Moler Since I can first remember I was a natural-born mystic. This doesn’t mean I was born with some supernatural ability to channel cosmic powers. It means that I never settled on the institution of religion being the final answer to the experience of God, Great Spirit, or whatever label you would like to put on the Cosmic Big-Wig. My parents can testify to the fact that I constantly questioned dogma, yet it was not for the sake of rebellion (as they may have assumed at the time). My one and only goal, since the very...

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The Faces of Meditation: Dawai Gocha

  By Dawai Gocha I grew up Buddhist. My mom raised me in the Nyingma Buddhist lineage. For me, meditation is learning to play your own music. Our emotions and mental tendencies get strummed like guitar strings. I even started calling emotions the “E String” and cognitive activity the “C String.” But the problem for me was that I had no control over the music I was playing. So meditation became about settling into the “body of the guitar,” coming out of the dense dimension of preoccupation with the “strings” and settling into a more natural state. From there I...

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