Sunday, January 31, 2016

Feeding Your Demons

Minor ashram challenges:
The other day I returned to my hut to find that everything I brought has been invaded by ants—there were thousands of tiny red ants swarming over my clothes, my toiletries, my suitcases (inside and out), my tuning forks, etc. Given that I don’t kill insects, it took many hours to bring everything outside and de-antify each item one by one. The solution, I found, was to give the ants something sweet to eat and bless them on their busy little journeys. It was fascinating to watch the ant armies rapidly change course, racing off my new ‪#‎FabIndia‬ scarf toward the tiny piece of banana I’d offered. This summer, I’ll be taking my first “Feeding Your Demons” workshop with Lama Tsultrim Allione at Tara Mandala. This little exercise in feeding my “invaders” felt like a sample of the larger work to come.

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