By Rae McPherson

I was first introduced to meditation nearly 10 years ago.

Plagued with anxiety a psychologist introduced me to mindfulness and suggested a regular meditation practice to ease my troubled mind. At first it was too uncomfortable to “be” with my breath so I used guided meditation. Some days the anxious thoughts and their affects on my body made even that too uncomfortable.

I found that combining mindful breathing with jewelry, and eventually Mala making, allowed me to build a practice that was creative and sustainable.

I do a sitting practice and a walking practice as well. Meditation has changed my life in indescribable ways.  It’s not meant to be “perfect” so find ways to get started. Don’t be afraid if your practice doesn’t look like everyone else’s. Then find groups and resources that help your practice evolve. The Tattooed Buddha was really my first sangha. My mountain community is small, and I was still fairly new to the area when the meditation course ran a few years ago. It helped me deepen the practice and gave me a sense of community.

Meditation practice has been a gift of presence which I hope everyone can experience.

 

Did you like this post? You might also like:

 

The Faces of Meditation: Mackenzie Schmitzerle

  By Mackenzie Schmitzerle I started doing yoga to help with my back. As I went to more and more classes, I realized there was more to this class than just a stretch or work out. So, I opened myself up to going to different classes (not just crunch gym). I found that...

The Faces of Meditation: Gerald Stribling

  By Gerald "Strib" Stribling   When I took my first formal training in meditation, I was 24 years old. Transcendental Meditation was pretty much the only thing available in 1975. I was very enamored of learning how to defeat ruminant thoughts of utter worthlessness,...

The Faces of Meditation: Robert Epstein

  By Robert Epstein   I practiced Zen, Tibetan, T'ai Chi, Agni Yoga, Hatha Yoga and some New Age disciplines for several decades, and then for several years I focused on Vipassana, before coming "home" to Zen again several years ago. Since then...

The Faces of Meditation: Tara Goldin

By Tara Goldin Here are pictures of my boyfriend, Matthew Glackin and me, Tara Goldin, sitting in meditation in random places. We met at a yoga class two years ago and accidentally fell in love. Matt has been an avid yogi since college when he...

Comments

comments

The Tattooed Buddha

The Tattooed Buddha strives to be a noncompetitive, open space for the author’s authentic voice. We offer a dialogue that is aware and awake to the reality of our present day to day, tackling issues of community, environment, and compassionate living. A space for the everyday person, whether Buddhist, Hindu, Jew, Christian, Pagan, or secular humanist, we hope to provide a platform for a voice that seeks to change the world one article at a time.

Latest posts by The Tattooed Buddha (see all)

(Visited 106 times, 1 visits today)