Feed Your Demon(s)

For many of us, for many rea­sons, the old adage rings true: we are our own worst ene­my. Despite our best efforts, we can get in our own way in all areas of our lives, putting up bound­aries to our own heal­ing, pro­gress and hap­pi­ness.

Ignoring our inner-demons leads to com­pla­cen­cy and stag­na­tion at best. Even if we rec­og­nize them, fight­ing the­se demons head-on can be a frus­trat­ing, coun­ter­pro­duc­tive expe­ri­ence. So what is one to do?

In this Lion’s Roar arti­cle, Lama Tsultrim Allione shares an inno­v­a­tive tech­nique for work­ing with our inner-demons, based on the Tibetan Buddhist prac­tice of Chöd.

A guid­ed med­i­ta­tion using this tech­nique is here (it takes about 45 min­utes):

Lama Tsultrim Allione offers more in her book, Feeding Your Demons: Ancient Wisdom for Resolving Inner Conflict.

Fifty Shades of Orange

A few days after the US elec­tion, I re-acti­vat­ed my long-dor­mant Facebook account. My recent entry into midlife cre­at­ed a desire to re-con­nect with peo­ple. I also had a sense of curios­i­ty: How are peo­ple from the dif­fer­ent eras of my life react­ing to this unpres­i­dent­ed [sic] elec­tion?

According to the news­feed on the Book of Faces: Sharply Divided.

Nuance and shades of grey must reside in lurk­ers like myself, and are nev­er shown. But there are shades of orange. My whole feed is full of them.

Some are gloat­ing, some ter­ri­fied, but face­book duti­ful­ly sucks up and dis­trib­utes count­less images of a cer­tain thin, sag­gy orange peel coun­te­nance, and puts them in front of mil­lions of peo­ple, who, appar­ent­ly, can’t get enough.

So here’s to the Fifty Shades of Orange! This par­tic­u­lar mass of off-col­or cells are rapid­ly becom­ing etched into our col­lec­tive uncon­scious, and part of our his­to­ry, whether we like it, or not.