So fun fact, I’ve been meditating off and on since the age of 7. Got into it again in college and then again 10 years ago and I’ve been meditating everyday, ever since– both walking and sitting. After a couple of years of self-inquiry in the style of Ramana Maharshi, I became acutely aware of presence or ‘beingness’. At first I thought I was aware of the presence. But it soon became abundantly clear that the presence is ‘I’ and aware of itself and completely independent of and prior to every appearance (including the body and mind), but also what allows every appearance to be! It is formless, faceless and omnipresent.
So all that to say, the tattoo is a Sanskrit word that means ‘Satchitanada’. A compound word to describe the nature of ultimate reality (Brahman). It is our core self– the experience of God as Being, Consciousness and Bliss.
To me, it’s another way of saying ‘the kingdom of heaven is within’– it’s my subjective experience of God. And when anchored there, I am free. The experience is actually beyond words… it can’t even be called an experience. What I can say is that living from this space inside of you is the foundation to an abundant life, both within and without.
Huge thanks to my henna artist Priya of @charminghenna who saw all the renderings of ‘Satchidanada’ I found on the Googles and told me they were wrong, wrong, wrong ?? She has deep knowledge of Hindi, Marathi and Sanskrit and my tattoo is actually in her handwriting! And big thanks to @tad_dc for the amazing bedside manner on my first ink! I may even be back! That shit hurt.