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.

Post-Erection Reading Wrist

An offer­ing of solace and under­stand­ing

 

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.

Compassion
Artwork by Carrie Marill

Then try to under­stand what hap­pened.

How did a demagogue get elected president?

The work­ing class was aban­doned by the DNC long ago. They are a par­ty of self-serv­ing neo-lib­er­als, who cater to the mas­ters of mankind.

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:

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Compassion.


 

Yantra: Sacred Ink

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Photograph by Cedric Arnold

A body, used as a can­vas, every inch of skin filled with sacred text and fig­ures of myth­i­cal crea­tures, all form­ing a pro­tec­tive shield. A box­er, a monk, a con­struc­tion work­er, a police man, a sol­dier, a taxi dri­ver, a ship­yard work­er, a shaman, a tat­too mas­ter; men, wom­en and their inked pro­tec­tion from evil spir­its and bad luck. Enter the world of Thailand’s spir­i­tu­al “yantra” tat­too tra­di­tion.

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