Dana GornallCo-Founder of The Tattooed Buddha
Dana Gornall is the co-founder of The Tattooed Buddha and mom of three crazy kids and a dog. Becoming a mother was the first step on the winding, sometimes rocky, path of transformation and she has never looked back. She has been writing stories since she could put words into sentences, writing books and poems from early on and is still completely in love with language of all kinds. The desire to connect with people on a deeper level has always been the catalyst for writing and still is every single time she sits down at the computer to bleed her heart onto the page.
A massage therapist, sign language interpreter and lover of language, she finds bits of enlightenment in all of those connections. When not working or writing, you can find her lying outside in the dark night gazing up at the millions of stars or dancing in the kitchen with her children.
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Dharma & the Dating Mom: Everything is Awkward

December 12th, 2017|0 Comments

And then there was a simple, small thing that seemed to be staring back at me, rather obviously. We hadn't kissed yet.   By Dana Gornall One of the problems with settling [...]

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Dharma & the Dating Mom: I Need Space but I Don’t

November 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Walking in I spotted him sitting in a chair on his phone. We made eye contact and I breathed a sigh of relief that he was cute, and that he didn't look like my [...]

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Dharma & the Dating Mom: Actually Dating {Part 2}

November 1st, 2017|0 Comments

This kind of communication, however, sometimes breeds a false sense of connection with a person we've never met. So when it came to actually meeting some of these guys in person, I was more [...]

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Dharma & the Dating Mom: After Divorce {Part 1}

October 25th, 2017|0 Comments

For the first time in my life I had control over what I did and when. I could stay up and read in bed as long as I wanted. I could wake up and [...]

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The Time I Walked on Fire.

October 6th, 2017|0 Comments

It's pretty dark, but that's me... walking on the fire. By Dana Gornall I have been a fan of "The Office" for a couple of years now. Yes, I realize I am late [...]

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The Reason I Can Totally Relate to the Buddha’s Parents

September 12th, 2017|0 Comments

My son is a Senior in high school this year. It's a big year. He has so many choices and so many decisions to make. Will he go to college? If so, what college? [...]

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I Have Many Books, Mala Bracelets and a Yoga Mat, but Does that Make Me More Spiritual?

August 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Am I just an imposter? Am I just a middle-aged white woman looking for spiritual tchotchkes to somehow throw off a vibe that I am this zenned-out, yoga-practicing, OMing, Buddha chick when my reality [...]

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I’m Losing My Namaste So Maybe It’s Time to Kill the Buddha

August 8th, 2017|0 Comments

If you think someone has the key, if you think you know the way, if you think you've got the million dollar lottery ticket being held in an idea, a person or a path, [...]

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Looking for Dharma in the Weeds

July 19th, 2017|0 Comments

The stinging thistle had grown its way through and around my hostas. I reach toward the base and pull, wondering what the lesson is that I am supposed to be receiving. I hate pulling weeds. It's [...]

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The Balance of Practicing Hygge & Buddhism: Drops of Enlightenment in the Purple Rain

July 7th, 2017|0 Comments

  By Dana Gornall I recently came across a term that seems to be trending in the U.S., hygge.  Hygge is a Danish word that is used to describe those delicate sensations we feel while [...]

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Vegan in the Middle

June 1st, 2017|0 Comments

I didn't want to be one of those angry vegan people, though. I didn't want to post pictures of animal slaughter in my news feeds on social media, because it hurt me to see [...]

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An Ordinary Mortal: Trying to be Wonder Mom while Raising Teens

April 25th, 2017|0 Comments

By Dana Gornall It's no secret. Anyone who knows me knows I am a bit of a Wonder Woman fan. As a kid growing up in the late 70s and early 80s, I would sit [...]

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The Day this Yogi Mom Lost Her Sh*t

March 21st, 2017|0 Comments

It was a traffic jam. Not just a slow moving, people are trying to get to work traffic jam, but a full blown we aren't going anywhere anytime very soon, stopped dead, traffic jam. [...]

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What Yoga Isn’t (& What it Is)

March 11th, 2017|0 Comments

I don't know how many times I have heard people say, I can't do yoga, I am not flexible at all. While it's true that people who practice yoga on a regular basis tend [...]

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The Problem with Magical Thinking

February 17th, 2017|0 Comments

I remember when my grandfather was in the hospital, his health failing by the minute, I laid in bed one night with my eyes open thinking that maybe if I just stayed awake and [...]

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The Protester’s Guide to the Eightfold Path

January 21st, 2017|0 Comments

As we lift up that poster board with words written in all caps and pull out phones so that this moment can be instagrammed, consider a few things.   By Dana Gornall Voices [...]

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Not a Crunchy Yoga Girl

January 8th, 2017|0 Comments

Looking down at myself in a pair of 10 year old bleach-stained yoga pants that have been worn so much they now constantly slide down my hips, and a pair of mismatched socks (one [...]

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The Christmas Eve that was Different.

December 24th, 2016|0 Comments

This year though, was different.   By Dana Gornall It is Christmas Eve. Most years we take the kids to the children's mass at 4:00. As tradition, we always climb the balcony in our [...]

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The Somewhat Vegan, Semi-Practicing, Occasionally Meditating Yogi.

December 4th, 2016|0 Comments

It seems being this very human and very full of faults person aiming to be something more, I end up (at times) with a host of misconceptions that peel off and fall around at [...]

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Working Class Poor.

November 11th, 2016|0 Comments

I kept telling myself: soon. Soon things would get better. Soon I would be able to earn more money and be home more. Soon the debt would be paid off. By Dana Gornall [...]

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How to Not Fall on Your Butt: The Art of Focus.

November 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

    By Dana Gornall   Dharana: Concentration is the process of holding or fixing the attention of mind onto one object or place. (3.1) One of my greatest fears is falling over in yoga [...]

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Tis But a Scratch: Metta & Redefining the Super Mom.

October 20th, 2016|1 Comment

  By Dana Gornall   If you're at all familiar with Monty Python, you probably know exactly where this line comes from: Tis but a scratch. If you are not familiar, it comes from the [...]

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How to Find a Moment of Zen in a World of Hashtags, Selfies & Dick Pics.

September 26th, 2016|0 Comments

  By Dana Gornall   It's early morning and my bedroom is still dark. My alarm is playing and so I do what I  do every morning when I first wake up---I shut my alarm off [...]

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I Suck at Yoga (& Other Things I Think).

August 17th, 2016|0 Comments

  By Dana Gornall "How is it that I have been practicing yoga this long and still suck at it?" These were the words I typed out into my phone to my yoga instructor. I [...]

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I Need a Guru.

August 7th, 2016|0 Comments

  By Dana Gornall I need a guru. The words run through my head like one of those light-up digital signs from the 1980s that flash a sentence or two over and over again. I [...]

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Catch Me, Before I Fall.

July 27th, 2016|0 Comments

  By Dana Gornall   Pulling my car into the garage just like every other day, I shut the engine off and collected the various debris of things that needed brought inside. I shuffled my feet [...]

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Is Buddhism the New Black?

June 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

  By Dana Gornall As a child of the late 70s and early 80s, I can remember when the workout trend was a thing. I grew up hearing Olivia Newton John sing Let's Get Physical, watched [...]

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Sangha Envy.

June 10th, 2016|0 Comments

By Dana Gornall   Yes, it's true I am an introvert. This word has gained popularity over the last few years with the resurgence of the Myers-Briggs personality test on social media, the plethora of [...]

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Yoga & the Single Mom: Trying to Find Enlightenment, Godd@mmit.

June 1st, 2016|0 Comments

  By Dana Gornall I haven't gone to yoga in 3 weeks. It hasn't been that I don't want to go, life just keeps getting in the way. The school year is coming to a [...]

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The Balance of Yes & No.

May 15th, 2016|0 Comments

    By Dana Gornall   My name is no My sign is no My number is no You need to let it go You need to let it go Need to let it go [...]

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A Mind Disturbed.

April 29th, 2016|0 Comments

  By Dana Gornall   "When the mind exists undisturbed in the Way, nothing in the world can offend, and when a thing can no longer offend, it ceases to exist in the old way...If [...]

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Buddhism Says These 5 Things are What Holds Us Back.

April 17th, 2016|0 Comments

  By Dana Gornall Every day she takes a morning bath she wets her hair Wraps a towel around her as she's heading for the bedroom chair It's just another day Slipping into stockings, stepping [...]

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My Yoga Pants Stink: A Tale of Imperfection.

April 6th, 2016|0 Comments

  By Dana Gornall I can't think straight, I'm so gay Sometimes I cry a whole day I care a lot, use an analog clock And never know when to stop And I'm passive, aggressive [...]

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The Yoga Slut: The Beginning.

March 29th, 2016|0 Comments

  By Dana Gornall Slut: noun 1. Disparaging and Offensive. a sexually promiscuous woman, or a woman who behaves or dresses in an overtly sexual way. 2. Informal. a person with a seemingly insatiable but [...]

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