Author: Tammy T. Stone

Bhakti Blossoms {Book Review}

By Tammy Takahashi As a young, fledgling writer in high school, I often found myself penning anything from creative writing exercises to poems, songs and short stories (even a film treatment—I was ambitious!) featuring male protagonists. I never questioned this tendency. My teachers as well, both male and female, never asked me to reflect on why I might not be writing women characters or female perspectives. It took me many years, and a male protagonist-driven novella later, to realize what seems so glaringly obvious: I had been under-examining and also not understanding or embracing a massive part of who...

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15 Ways to Make Friends with Your Mind.

  By Tammy T. Stone You know them when you see them: people who radiate joy, don’t sweat the small stuff, naturally attract people to them and who seem to be in a pretty constant state of peace. What do these people have in common? Well, they’ve all worked hard to tame the beast within and turn their minds into their greatest allies. For the rest of us, life might look a little bit like this: worrying, regretting past actions, stressing out about potential future events, spinning out of control, retreating to worlds of fantasy and distraction. Sound familiar?...

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The Faces of Meditation: Tammy T. Stone

  By Tammy T. Stone I’ve been living in Japan for the past few years, and my favourite time to meditate is in the morning, before or after yoga—or sometimes, on really cold winter mornings huddled up in the futon with a huge comforter wrapped around me! Eyes closed, observing breath and sensations, sharing love with the world—this is the practice and the aspiration! There’s a compelling belief that the seeds of our spiritual development are always within us, and we know they are ripening as we find ourselves pursuing deeper meaning in our lives. While I’d been drawn...

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Finding the Good

  By Tammy T. Stone I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that the world order is changing right now. I think many of us feel we’re at a crossroads, or maybe an impasse. Things are shifting, uncomfortably so, and crumbling, yet we still wake up in the morning, have lives to lead and choices to make. How big should these choices be? How do we dip into the doing of effecting grand-scale change while also trying to take care of ourselves and responsibilities? How do we determine what is beyond our control and what we can or...

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Becoming a Yogi: Surrendering the Ego.

  By Tammy T. Stone Over a decade ago, a colleague who’d been purging his closet tossed me a VHS tape and said, “Have you ever tried yoga? You might like it.” It was 20 minutes of power yoga led by Rodney Yee, who was completely unknown to me at the time. “Twenty minutes? Sounds manageable,” I thought to myself. It wasn’t. I desperately tried to keep up. I fell over with a thud a few times and worried I was harassing the downstairs neighbors with my klutziness. I had no idea yoga would make my heart feel it...

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