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.
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.
Quantum physics is forcing us to rethink our understanding of the nature of reality:
The central lesson of quantum physics is clear: There are no public objects sitting out there in some preexisting space. As the physicist John Wheeler put it, “Useful as it is under ordinary circumstances to say that the world exists ‘out there’ independent of us, that view can no longer be upheld.”