I just returned from a 9 day meditation retreat, hence the lack of updates.
It was an amazing experience overall, and much insight was gained. A fellow yogi shared this thought during a Q&A:
Our culture celebrates Greed, Hatred, and Delusion so much, that we elected its foremost practitioner into our highest office.
Truth, brothers and sisters.
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.
First, read these words by Jack Kornfield.
When times are uncertain, difficult, fearful, full of change,
they become the perfect place to deepen the practice of awakening.
After viewing the elections….whatever your point of view,
Take time to quiet the mind and tend to the heart.
Then go out and look at the sky.
Remember vastness, there are seasons to all things,
gain and loss, praise and blame, expansion and contraction.
Learn from the trees.
Practice equanimity and steadiness.
Then try to understand what happened.
How did a demagogue get elected president?
The DNC suppressed their own populist candidate because he wanted to upset their power structure. The working class, who have been getting the shaft for over 30 years, had nobody else to turn to.
Also, the US is full of guys like this:
A long, but excellent article which explores doubt (there are different kinds (who knew?)), and how to overcome it.
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