Author: The Tattooed Buddha

Meditation Isn’t Working for Me

  By J.G. Lewis Meditation, the art or the practice, is simply not working for me. I have tried; damn I’ve tried, but as I sit, as I try to silence the mind and find this eternally elusive stillness, I often end up thinking my time spent meditating is unproductive if not counterproductive. I try. I turn on the salt lamp, light a candle (sometimes), burn incense (more than a lot) turn off the music or the radio, and try to tune out all that surrounds me. Sometimes on the floor, other times in a chair or bench, I...

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Navigating Grief During the Holiday Season

  By Dr. BethAnne Kapansky Wright   For some of us, the holiday season comes wrapped with ribbons of grief. We are the ones who’ve known some kind of loss, whose magnitude is powerful enough that the ripple effects become extra potent on a time focused on celebration. And as such the experience of grief becomes part and parcel to navigating a month tinged with family, friends, and festivity. This will be my second December without my brother and having just waded through the waters of Thanksgiving, I find myself staring at December with a mixed heart. I have a...

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The Deer Whisperer

  By Erica Leibrandt People call me the Deer Whisperer, which is true, but also silly, as it implies that I am doing something other people couldn’t do. The deer with whom I whisper daily in my local woods (and I do say “whom” because they are most certainly sentient) are as tame as a well fed yellow lab, lying on an expensive dog bed in the sun. Almost. There are times when I sneak up close to them and they roll their eyes so the whites are alarmingly visible. They snort, or “ba” like angry lambs, or shake...

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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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