Author: The Tattooed Buddha

Spiritual, Not Religious.

  By Ann Graham Nichols   As a teenager, I attended services for the High Holy Days with a Jewish friend, bought a Star of David, and decided to own my Jewish heritage. Then I dated a Catholic boy and spent Sundays mesmerized by incense and robes. Later, I joined a protestant church, became an elder, served communion and I was baptized. I loved the hymn singing, and the sense of belonging. Somewhere in there, I became viciously judgmental about the term “spiritual, not religious.” I viewed it as a copout—a way to stake a claim to being “good” without...

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Good Men with Guns.

    By Dejah Beauchamp     “Did you hear about the terrorist attack in Paris?” my mom asked as I stepped in the door. I’d just spent two hours in a waiting room with the TV channel turned to CNN, so yes, I’d heard of it. I’d seen the video of three men in a shootout at the offices of Charlie Hebdo (the French equivalent of Mad Magazine) playing over and over until I had to clench my fists to keep myself from running up to the TV and shutting it off. I was sick to death (and...

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Face of Love. {Poetry}

    By Tracie Nichols I feel, in my bones, that everything on this glorious planet has a soul—stones, trees, rivers, animals, people. So I struggle with what feels like my complicity in using parts of the green world as “resources.” I wonder about the sacred life we remove from it’s original home and consume in our everyday lives. This poem is a collision of two trains of thought: 1) I have long, heartfelt conversations with stones and trees and other beings in the green world, and often wonder how they feel when we remove them from where they...

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Ayurveda, Exercise and Meditation, Oh My! When Do I Sleep?

  By Sherrin Fitzer My mental, physical and spiritual health is important to me. I read many different books and articles and consult with a variety of doctors and friends. Not obsessively by any means, but I like to have a variety of opinions to consider. This is not meant to be one of those articles that I see so often that suggests “Oh we get contrary information all of the time about whether something is healthy for us so we may as well not do anything at all. We’re going to die anyway.” I like these ideas and...

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Walking the Path of Transition.

  By Lorenzo Inglese As successful human beings, we must learn to embrace change and use it to craft the lives that we desire. Many of you are reading this because your lives are in transition, you are facing uncertainty, or perhaps you are sitting down and trying to create a completely new roadmap for your path in life. I’d like to use this article to discuss some of the mental, emotional and spiritual tools that can help us during such times. Ask anyone going through a transition in their life what emotions they are encountering. Fear is almost certainly...

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