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Meditation is a Verb

Meditation may be seen as a do nothing discipline, but non-doing is by no
means doing nothing.

Traditional seated meditation asks you to be deliberate with your attention. You
focus on a single aspect of being: the ebb and flow of your breath, the inner
space of your heart center, or your non-attachment to thoughts and sounds.
You are becoming conscious. And although the end result is to be able to do
nothing extraneous, in and of itself, it is not nothing.

Becoming conscious is digging the foundation for the life you want.

Active meditation incorporates the deliberate thinking of still meditation into
the act of living. Active meditation asks you to be deliberate with your attention
while in motion. Mind and body are in each moment together, experiencing
your breath, your inner heart space or your reaction to thoughts and sounds.
You are practicing intention. And although the end result is to stay connected
with your self, it in turn, keeps you connected with your world.

Practicing intention is building the desired fortress of your life.

Meditation is a discipline and a lifestyle. It is done in stillness and in motion. It
is becoming and practicing.

The Art of Strength: Sculpt the Body ~ Train the Mind is a how-to book/video
package for living a meditative life.

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Redefining Strength

I want to change our perception of strength. Strength is the ability to meet resistance and influence an outcome without compromising ourselves. And we already have it.

Strength is not an attribute; it’s a state of being. Gladiators, bodybuilders, and football players demonstrate strength through brute force, sheer willpower, muscle mass, and relentless pursuit. But we’re also quick to identify dancers and martial artists as strong. Their medium taps into a sense of vulnerability, balance, alignment, controlled power, and grace—but no one can deny their strength. Strength may look different on each of us, but it is an inherent part of who we are.

You are not weak by nature; you are stronger than you think. Your strength is not something you need to kill yourself to gain—it is already within you, waiting to be excavated. The key is to stop chasing something you already have and tap into it, so you can manifest that strength in your everyday life.

Because we don’t think we’re strong, we approach resistance with the idea that we’re not enough. We throw everything we have at it and push past our physical, mental, and emotional limitations. We see strength as domination, but it’s not.

When you learn to listen to your body’s divine wisdom, you cultivate a sense of where your body is developing tension instead of standing in its strength. You end the vicious cycle of unrealistic expectations, injury, and self-criticism and learn how to consciously embrace responsible growth. You stop compartmentalizing your strength into emotional, physical, and mental pieces and operate from the strength of your being at all times.

You learn how to align yourself with gravity—instead of working against it—so you can channel your strength to meet life’s resistance. As you meet resistance with equal parts power and alignment, you transform tension into strength

As in the sword dance above, the power lies in bringing just the right amount of force—not too little and not too much. By meeting the sword’s weight, I meet gravity. I am tapped into a larger source of energy, free of tension, and discover a strength that is wholly and uniquely mine.

About Tammy Wise

Tammy Wise is a widely respected mind-body fitness expert based out of New York City, owner of BodyLogos, Inc. author of The Art of Strength: Sculpt the Body ~ Train the Mind. A former Broadway dancer turned Tao minister, Tammy was voted the Best of Fitness by Time Out New York and has appeared in Martha Stewart’s Whole Living magazine, New York Magazine, Natural Health, Shape, and Thrive Global. She’s a Transformational Authors Contest Winner and regular contributor to Honeysuckle magazine and Medium. Visit her at bodylogos.com.