Category: Beginner Meditation

Why Can’t I Meditate?

  By John Pendall Meditation is a safe space to get all the crazy out in the open. A lot of people are surprised by how un-meditative meditation can be. We’re used to seeing all these images of smiling Buddhas and tranquil Yogis; it’s easy to get discouraged. It’s easy to criticize ourselves and, in some cases, wind up more unstable and unhappy than we were before. All these images of peaceful meditators only show a tiny moment of that person’s practice. They don’t show all the screw ups, setbacks and sidetracks; they don’t reveal all the struggles had...

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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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Sit Down, Be Still, Shut Up: A Basic Meditation Guide

  By Sherrin Fitzer I first became interested in meditation when I was in high school, but cannot remember how or why. I bought the book called, How to Meditate  by Lawrence LaShan. The rest of my memories are hazy. I do remember thinking that I could not meditate because I could not banish all thoughts from my mind. Unfortunately, I did not have a teacher or anyone to correct this misunderstanding. It was over 20 years later that I revisited meditation, after a retreat at The Human Kindness Foundation. And I have been meditating ever since. Sit Down. Posture...

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Dear Sangha, Thank You for Making me Less of an A**

  By Tyson Davis So I have been meditating almost daily for seven years, but I have a dirty little secret. Okay, I have several dirty little secrets, but only one that I am prepared to share with you readers. I don’t like to meditate. Yes, you read that right. I really don’t like to. I have to talk myself into it most days and when I do finally force myself on the pillow I am ready to get up almost immediately. This wasn’t always the case. When I first started seven years ago by going to a beginners’...

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You Don’t Need to Commit, Just Sit

  By Brent R. Oliver Some of us here at The Tattooed Buddha (TTB) tend toward the hardcore side of practice and study. We’re sort of Buddhist nerds; we read a lot, we pore through sutras, commentaries, and blogs, we have discussions between ourselves that are thankfully private. If the general public was privy to the monumentally geekish discourses we engage in, or the breathless debates we have over the smallest snippets of Buddhist minutiae, they’d give us toilet swirlies and jam us in lockers.  ​This is a passion, not a hobby. It’s something that infuses our lives entirely; it’s the lens we see through and the yardstick we...

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