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THE FLYING GUINEA PIG -TONGLEN – PART 1

Giving and Taking – Part One of Three by Robert Tanner   Nearly ten years ago, I sat in the cargo bay of a C-130 as a USMC infantryman on my way to Kuwait. I was part of a contingent of Marines deployed to Fallujah, Iraq to help restore order and bring peace to the people of the region. Seven grueling, heart-wrenching months later, I left Fallujah knowing that I had done my job to the best of my ability, but at a cost. Too many good friends had passed during our time and the mental toll this had taken on us all was enormous.   When we got back to the United States, I tried not to think much of what happened in Iraq. I fought internally to keep the bad memories out of mind. My line of thought … Continue reading

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THE FLYING GUINEA PIG – AYURVEDA – PART 2

I would receive three treatments: (1) Abhyanga – warm oil therapeutic massage This, she told me, is not like a typical massage (not only deep muscle/tissue), it focuses mostly on the lymphatic system, to help flush toxins and other unwanted fluids our bodies store. (2) Ayurvedic Acupressure therapy Gentle pressure in just the right amount to specific points on my body to help activate energy flow and alleviate tension. Acupressure, I would later research, is an ancient healing art in which a practitioner uses their fingers to gradually press key healing points that stimulate the body in order to activate internal healing and soothing properties. (3) Shirodhara – warm oil drip on forehead (“third-eye”) Continue reading

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