I have been having second thoughts about my trip to the Northwest, to train in pre- and perinatal psychology and birth process work.  It is going to be expensive (for me) as I fly to Spokane Washington, and then drive to Nelson Canada.  I will have to pay a dog-sitter, parking at the airport, tuition, food, etc.  It will be tough to leave our dog – Emma – who I have been enjoying spending time with (she keeps me in good shape by taking me for walks every day).

But I am resolved to go through with it, no matter how many tiny obstacles keep cropping up.  I am hoping to learn about my own personal birth process as this workshop will focus on conception, time in utero and the actual birth.  That is where it stops however – the developmental psychology pieces from birth onward are covered in the next workshop level!  But that is enough.  What little misunderstandings about my conception, about my parents, about my birth are holding me back?  What unconscious obstacles are preventing me from expressing the fullness of my loving heart?  These are questions I am hoping to uncover as I delve deeper into my psyche during this workshop.  Plus it will be spent with exceptionally good company.

I have done a previous Birth Process Workshop with the main teacher, Myrna Martin.  She is very knowledgable and skillful and compassionate and she is known as one of a half dozen highly trained experts in this field in North America.  You can visit her site below.


Wish me luck on my journey!  And I wish that all sentient beings take a little provocative risk toward opening their hearts and leaving their comfort zones to learn and grow!

Before today, I’m not sure what this answer would be.  Some doctors might say “no, it cannot be cured.”  After chatting with my acupuncturist however, and having him explain and then put in a semi-permanent acupuncture needle in my ear, I am thinking that my gluten sensitivity is already improving.  Why?

Michael Jabalee is a wizard by the way.  I just wanted to put that out there.  He is a superb healer and his knowledge and skills far outweigh any acupuncturist I have seen previously, with maybe one or two exceptions – but I have been very fortunate to meet some incredible practitioners in my time.

He explained how having a tiny needle in my ear for 3 weeks can possibly cure allergies.  He has had success with treating the red meat allergy which arises after being bitten by the Lone Star tick.  He has had success treating people with gluten allergies.  He even mentioned that using his bio-energetic testing machine, he successfully determined which (out of 18 colors) Sharpee markers an artist was allergic to and treated her for that!  It turns out it was the pink and light purple colors that were getting to her.  I’m not making this up.  And the tiny little throb in my ear is reminding me (although it is covered in flesh colored surgical tape so no one will notice) that there is in fact a needle still in my ear cartilage!

The semi-permanent 3 mm needle allows for the acupuncture to continue 24-7 for 3 weeks at home!  I am pretty much amazed.

Of course I will report how I am doing and at the end of that time I will report how I feel the next day after eating gluten.

I had him test me for gluten and alcohol sensitivities (allergies) because over the past few weeks I have been noticing feeling achy the next day or two after I drink a couple of beers.  And sure enough gluten came up.

There is even a positive (statistically significant results) study done by the NIH about the efficacy of semi-permanent acupuncture needles.  And hopefully I will also be reporting something similar (although for me it is not strictly scientific and objective).

Here is a link to his website:


So now I have to say that he specializes in treating nerve pain, neuropathy, Lyme’s disease AND allergies.  I cannot recommend him more – and I am not getting anything for saying this.  Simply that he is a fantastic healer – I am feeling better after my bout with chronic (unidentified for 2 years) Lyme’s disease and hopefully I will be making my way toward 100% health after this mini treatment (which is on-going for 3 weeks).

Thanks for reading!!


If you are not aware, I am in nursing school, along with a number of other activities to keep me busy. As my blog title page mentions, this is a blog about health and wellness and astrology and the Buddha-Dharma.  Well, I think I am trying to integrate myself into the mainstream side of wellness by becoming a nurse.  And one of the hurdles to become a nurse is to take the Pharmacology class and learn (and memorize) hundreds of facts and numbers and onset times, etc about many different types of medications (drugs).

My only issue with this, as you may have read in a previous post, is that I disagree with the way the Pharmacology book just stops instead of mentioning new (cutting edge, brand new, ahead of the curve) research which indicates that some non-pharmacologic techniques work just as well as the medication route.  If not better.

For instance, according to the Adverse Childhood Experiences study (a massive study involving over 30,000 participants over many years), early childhood trauma is almost guaranteed to cause inflammatory diseases later in life.  This is a fact.  In certain circles of bodywork and trauma resolution practitioners, this is well known.  And most pharmacologic methods do not cure the underlying disease (they do not cure the cause), but rather they treat the symptoms.  See asthma for examples of this.  How about we find a non-pharmacologic way to treat the underlying trauma and resolve the cause of this inflammatory suffering?  Do you have any idea how much this would save the American public?




Even the CDC is on board with the validity of the ACE study!  It is legit!

So about those non-pharmacologic methods to resolve inflammatory disease (which may be caused by unresolved early childhood trauma)?  Well guess what?  There are modalities which treat just that!  See Somatic Experiencing for one.  Look at birth process work for another.  See pre- and perinatal psychology for explanations of how the trauma gets laid down.  Read about the Vagus nerve and how it regulates the Parasympathetic nervous system.  And if you assist someone to learn and absorb and embrace tools to resource their nervous systems, they will be more relaxed, more resilient and more adaptable.  They will move toward healing.

Somatic Experiencing website:


A fantastic teacher of pre- and perinatal psychology, Myrna Martin:


Another incredible teacher of trauma resolution, Kathy Kaine: (working with the Vagus system)


One of my teachers here in Charlottesville, Janet Evergreen:


My point here is that allopathic, typical pharmacology books do not discuss any of these modalities or even possibilities.  It is not well-known enough.  Body-psychotherapy is not well known outside of California or certain alternative enclaves around the U.S. (Charlottesville, VA, Asheville, NC, Austin, TX, Burlington, VT, etc).  But trust me when I say that it is possible (with many caveats) to resolve early childhood trauma and that by doing so, our health typically improves.  It is not always comfortable (to say the least!) and it is very difficult to get started down this particular, provocative, accelerated path of healing.  But it is possible.

Unfortunately, most people want the silver bullet.  They want the pill that heals them.  Well folks.  It ain’t gonna happen.  You can’t keep doing the same thing and expect to get different results, no matter what you are taking!  (this is actually one definition of insanity)  We have to change our minds along with changing our bodies.

With all of this said however, I was pleasantly surprised to note in myself a change of heart toward Pharmacology.  In studying the Chemotherapy drugs, I noticed a change of mind in myself.

In the past, without knowing the mechanisms of action, without knowing much about cancer, without knowing anything about pharmacology, I thought chemotherapy was all about poisoning the cancer cells.  Choking out the toxic cells and lethal tissues.  And of course in doing so, it would also poison the person on those toxic drugs.

Well guess what I am learning?  There is a method to the madness and in theory, chemotherapy drugs (when used properly and with up-to-date research) can destroy cancer cells faster than non-malignant healthy cells.  It is this theory which leads to some cures through Chemotherapy.  Good grief!  This is different than I was expecting.

See, I have some underlying distrust of doctors from my own birth (I was thought to be contagious upon being born and promptly stuffed in an incubator for 18 – 24 hours).  Those assholes.  The mark on my back which the doctors had never seen before was the mark of the native american people.  So yes, my birth trauma was / and probably is still influencing my relationship to doctors and the Western medical paradigm.  But after learning a little tiny bit more, I am no longer completely against Chemo drugs.  Wow!  Sure, I might consider other therapies first (at least learn about what they are doing in Germany for cancer!).  But here in the U.S. chemotherapy might not be a death sentence and in fact there is a chance it will lead to a cure!  Even if that journey is like traveling through Hell and back…

What a change of heart?!  Okay, so yes I am still skeptical about Pharmacology.  Any industry that is fueled by profits, even if doctors take the Hippocratic oath, is bound to become corrupt.  And guess what?  The pharmaceutical industry does not pull their punches.  Their bottom line probably matters most.  But fortunately the FDA has regulations in place to limit their corruption and to strictly review new drugs coming onto the market.  Yay!

So what am I saying?  I am saying that pharmacotherapy has its merits.  However, I would also recommend looking at alternative therapies when / where possible.  Get second opinions.  Look at those websites above!  It is obvious that the ACE study and its ramifications will become a part of mainstream medicine – whether it is in 10 years or 20 years, people are going to come around.  There is reason to be happy.  The info is out there, you just have to know who to ask or where to look.

And there are even websites dedicated to tracking pharmaceutical donations to doctors(!):

https://www.propublica.org (see the Dollars for Docs tab on top)

So have hope.  Know that change is coming and that if is possible for you to unwind your own birth / early developmental trauma and that that can lead to better health!  Hooray!

And it is even possible for me to begin to trust the Western pharmacotherapy-based medical paradigm.  Whoa?!  That is quite the step to take.  I’m not quite there yet.  But I am willing to give it a shot.  :)

Thanks for reading!



I have titled this post “progress in the Dharma.”  I want to be clear about what I mean by that (and describe what this post will be about).  It is not supposed to be a catchy title to hook readers.  Rather, I am making progress in my heart and it is showing up when I repeat inspiring stories of enlightened masters.  How can I tell?  Good question.  I’m not 100% certain I am making progress, but at least on one level I believe I am.  Read on to discover what I am trying to get at.

To provide a bit of context here: I have been doing treatments with babies over the past few weeks (craniosacral treatments to help the infants unwind any birth trauma).  Therefore, on some level, I have made a commitment to do my own pre- and perinatal psychological work (on myself first, so I can do it more easily for others).  And I have been assisting in teaching Vagus (Nerve) System work – moving toward self-regulation and emotional stability by resourcing the social nervous system (strengthening the parasympathetic nervous system).  And on top of all this, I had a bit of a fight yesterday with a good friend, which triggered me and I got poor sleep last night in a new and different bed as a result.

With all of that in mind, today I had about 20-30 minutes to kill at work, so I was talking with a friend there about Dharma teachers and great enlightened masters and their stories.

I mentioned Asanga and how difficult it was for him to attain enlightenment (with Maitreya Buddha).  http://www.lamayeshe.com/article/chapter/asanga-and-maitreya-buddha

I mentioned a couple of the stories about Patrul Rinpoche from the Snow Lion’s Turquoise Mane.  That book has an incredible array of inspiring stories by the way!  And it is so cheap?! http://astore.amazon.com/kirmoosblo-20/detail/0062501836

And the most bizarre thing happened to me as I was relating these stories: every time I got to the kicker about how the realized master was acting extremely compassionate or displaying Bodhicitta and skillful means, my voice cracked and I teared up.  I got emotional just relaying a simple story!

Well let me tell you something.  For me, this is progress.  I have gone entire decades wishing I could cry.  I was in the military for five years and I may have cried once that entire time I was enlisted.  There were times I gave up on my desire to emote through crying because it was so foreign and distant!  And now it is happening three times in a row, within a 10-minute span, as I relate these Dharma stories?!

Something is up.  Either the person I was talking to has a special connection to the Buddha-Dharma (quite possible, as he is very sharp, both logical and intuitive) or I am making progress with my own heart chakra work or my lack of sleep caused me to be unusually, radically emotional today (or some of all of the above!).  I never teared up for any other reason tonight though, so I think I can rule out that last option.

No matter what is the case, I love telling those stories as they inspire me to do my own personal Dharma practice.  And if there is a willing listener who is not shutting down upon hearing the stories and seeing my joy in telling them, then that is a great start!  :)

Thanks for listening to my confused mind ramble on and on,


Recently, as in over the past 6 months or so, I have been having difficulty staying motivated in my current job.  There are aspects of my job that involve gross mismanagement and frankly I am getting bored.  I work in a restaurant and serving people dinner night after night after night is starting to become way too routine.  I love how the people change every night or at least every few days, so at least I am meeting new folk, but even for them it is service as usual.

My work in food and beverage has some advantages: my current job provides great benefits – health and dental insurance, 401K plan, decent tips.  But the management has been working under the philosophy that “we can expect people to work more, we can pay them less and we can have less staff and things will be just fine.”  To me, that is a horrible strategy.  In fact I detest it.  I heard that someone wrote an anonymous letter to the board or something, and I completely support the need for that to happen!

With all that in mind, yesterday I spent the entire day with two Tibetan language professors.  They are great teachers – patient and skillful and knowledgeable.  Over the course of the day, my Tibetan language skills started to return.  I have been very lazy and lax in practicing Tibetan.  Therefore, my Tibetan language has become about as rusty as possible.  I have forgotten more than I currently remember!

But, they invited me to participate in weekly conversations with their students which will happen on Friday evenings.  Unfortunately, I work every Friday evening.  So my mind is just going through all the possibilities: can I find a new job?  Should I cut back my current job?  Should I try to see more bodywork clients?  Should I stick with my job as it stands and attempt to practice Tibetan one morning a week?

The pros and cons are about evenly balanced with things tipping toward keeping my job for at least another 6 to 8 months (and then nursing school will resume with a vengeance and I will have to cut back anyway).  Those benefits and the steady income are really hard to beat.  I could easily stir up four or five clients per week, but I would need a few more to make it profitable to quit my job and do more bodywork.

Therefore, I had the notion to check my astrology chart or better yet, to cast a horary astrology chart about this question: should I quit my job in favor doing more of what feeds my soul?  Studying Tibetan, seeing more bodywork clients, treating more babies.  So I jotted down the exact time I had that question and set about creating the chart.

I used my astrology software (because hey, I spent $250 on it years ago, so I might as well put it to good use!) and came up with the chart for 11:26 pm on 6/9/16 for Charlottesville, VA.

It has a 3′ 37″ Aquarius rising, 24′ Leo Moon, 19′ Gemini Sun, 26′ Taurus Mercury, 20′ Gemini Venus, 25′ Scorpio Mars (retrograde), 14′ Virgo Jupiter, 12′ Sagittarius Saturn (retrograde), a 23′ Aries Uranus, 12′ Pisces Neptune and a 16′ Capricorn Pluto.

The first and most important and most challenging task is determining the primary significators in a horary example.  Normally, the 7th house has to do with the astrologer doing the horary astrology, unless they are doing it for themselves, which negates that issue.  So I don’t need to worry about that. Generally speaking, the rising sign represents native (the querent – person asking the question) and with an Aquarius rising, Saturn (we use traditional rulerships) is the Lord of the Chart.  Therefore Saturn is one of the primary significators.  Determining the next significator is the challenge.

This question has to do with 10th house issues of career and profession, but it has to do a little with 6th house work environment issues and it definitely has to do with 9th house philosophy, foreign language and higher learning.  So which do we choose?  We are allowed to have one or two secondary significators if we must, so let’s just assign the primary significator as the ruler of the 10th house.  Scorpio is on the 10th house, so we go with Mars.  Then the ruler of the 9th house can be our secondary significator – with Libra on that house cusp, Venus is our choice.

“Should I quit my job in favor of doing more of what feeds my soul?”  That is our question.  Saturn rules the querent (me) and Mars rules the quesited – the question.

Now is this chart valid or radical?  There are several things that make a horary astrology chart null and void, including having the Ascendant be between 0 and 3′ (too early to tell) and 27 and 0′ (too late to do anything about it).  The 3′ 37″ Ascendant is mighty close to being too premature to tell.  So that tells me that this issue or this question is very young, and that more information may be forthcoming.  It is almost worth stopping right there and saying, let’s wait a week and see what unfolds.

However, because I am a stubborn astrologer, I continue.  Saturn is not in the first house, so we can continue.  Saturn is not in the 7th house (even though I am acting as my own astrologer).  The Ascendant or the Moon are not located in the via combusta (15 Libra to 15 Scorpio) in fact nothing is presently tenanting that region of the chart.  The Moon is not yet void of course (she still will meet Mercury by square and Rx Mars by square.  And finally, the asteroid Fortuna is at 23′ of Aquarius.

Therefore this chart is technically radical – we could interpret it if we wanted to.  However I notice right off the bat several things that are probably indicative of difficulty or obstacles.

First, both of my significators (Saturn and Mars) are retrograde.  This is telling me that I am going against my natural inclination of playing it safe and sticking with what is practical.  I abandoned taking leaps of faith years ago when I got in trouble attempting to merely run a bodywork / astrology business without any other forms of income.  And both of these significators are indicating that my thinking might be a little backward (retrograde).  That is not to say don’t quit my job!  But let’s see what else the chart says.

The asteroid Fortuna is in the first house (23′ Aquarius) but the Moon has just opposed it and is separating by one degree.  The opposition means that my heart and my sense of luck (good or bad) are opposed to each other – which does not sound too good.  Fortunately it is separating, but it is still pretty intense.  I could say that my fortune has not been good as of late (and sure enough, the number of customers at work have been declining significantly over the past couple of years and the past 2 weeks were very low tips) but that it will start improving each day the Moon moves away from the opposition.

Just from these two phenomenon – the two significators being Retrograde and having the Moon oppose Fortuna, I am going to say that quitting my job to follow my heart (at this time), would bring great difficulty.  Sure I can look at Saturn and Mars more closely and see if anything would bring about their perfection (success in this matter).  They are not moving swiftly and only Mars is in a strong sign (it rules Scorpio).  Considering they are both moving backward (retrograde) and they are 18 degrees apart in different signs, I can say with certainty that by the time they become conjunct in this chart (which looks to be around August 24th, 2016), many other planets will have made Hard aspects to both.  These hard aspects are indicative of potential obstacles.

It is interesting though that this date comes up.  I am planning to attend a long workshop in Canada between the dates of August 21st and Sept 4th and I intend to take 2 and a half weeks off of work (whether they want me to or not!).  So it sounds like August will definitely see the resolution of this question, even though I want it to be sooner!

It is fascinating to see other nuances in this chart however.  As I mentioned, this is the beginning of this quandary and the chart reflects that with the 3′ Aquarius rising (this issue is premature or just starting out).  The underlying issue around my question is: “will I have enough money if I back off my present work schedule or quit my job outright?”  And look at the positions of Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune.  They are making a huge T-square.  Jupiter is in the 8th house nearly conjunct the North Node – which indicates that I would have success regarding other people’s money (maybe I would make a lot of money by seeing more bodywork clients).  But it is opposite Neptune in the 2nd house, indicating that this issue about money is fuzzy at best and that I might be deceiving myself in some regard.  Neptune is in Pisces which is one of the mute signs (along with Mars in mute Scorpio), so that makes me wonder if there are any secrets around this topic (which I might not be sharing with you, my readers or are there secrets that even I don’t know about yet?).  And finally Saturn is at the end of the 10th house, being the stern practical structured advisor saying, “you should not leave your job until you have a guaranteed source of income.”  This is wise, practical, pragmatic advise!

The secondary significator of Venus is Combust (close to the Sun) but it is separating.  This reflects my total lack of confidence in leaving my job or provoking a discussion about taking Friday evenings off which is sure to ruffle some feathers.  With that said however, Venus is in its Term (it has a little bit of strength) and it is in Mutual Reception with Mercury – Mercury is in Taurus and Venus is in Gemini – they are in each other’s signs which grants additional strength to both planets.  Therefore, my mindset around studying Tibetan is clear – I will get great joy and benefit from doing so.  But the primary significators indicate that this is not the right time to quit my job or to provoke certain discussions.

Because this chart was nearly premature, I plan to ask this question again in about a week.  In the meantime, I will bide my time and see how things go at work and I will inquire about potential clients to see if seeing more clients would be feasible.  Maybe a change is in the works!

Thanks for bearing with me as I navigated the rocky terrain that is horary astrology!

If you or anyone you know has a pressing question, I would love to look at the horary astrology about it!  I would even give a discount for the first few charts.  Let me know if you are interested.



I realize you might have been expecting a follow up to the Khenchen quotes from last post.  However, I have a test in Pharmacology this week and I am stressing a little.  Plus I am having issues with the rigid theories that the Pharmacology book / professor seems to be professing.  I am hoping she is keeping it simple for us rather than another alternative.

(By the way, I believe that if / when we work with a professional and skilled mentor / bodyworker / therapist to purify and release and come to terms with emotional issues from our childhood, then our health will improve as our mental state similarly improves.  Yes, what I am trying to say is that much of our health is psycho-emotional in basis.  Too many people are lonely or depressed or apathetic or are suffering from unresolved birth trauma or development traumas and their health will definitely suffer for it.  See the Adverse Childhood Experience work to back up what I am saying here: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/acestudy/ )

So I want to express my objection to the rigid views posed by the authors of the Pharmacology book that I am studying from.  I am at a little advantage due to having studied numerous alternative and complimentary modalities.  But honestly, how can you say that once someone needs pharmacotherapy for hyperthyroidism that they would need medication or a serious intervention (surgery or radioactive iodide) for the rest of their lives?  Can you at least mention that there might be complimentary modalities which could have efficacy in helping to alleviate endocrine problems?  I need to look it up before I mention it to a patient, but I know people who have said that Kundalini Yoga helped to cure them of hypothyroidism.  And what about acupuncture – it is efficacious with many disease processes?

So I am all about evidence based science.  And I am all about pharmacotherapy when alternative treatments and preventative medicine has been tried.  But unfortunately here in the U.S., the money is being made from people being sick.  There is very little money to be made in prevention.  Yes, fortunately some insurance companies are seeing the value in prevention.

I am all for Western Medicine when it is not being highly influenced by the monetized system that is the Pharmaceutical Industry.  In the meantime, I am going to put some of my concerns to bed and learn this stuff.  I need Pharmacology for nursing school AND I intend to work with babies and children (NICU or pediatrics) so hopefully I won’t need to worry too much about this material once I am working where I want to.

In other words, yes I feel the medical system as it stands right now is a bit corrupt.  The FDA is run by former big pharma executives and vice versa.  No I do not believe that I can change it markedly as one individual, but hopefully I can join the Holistic Nurses Association and feel like I am among like-minded peers.

Thank you for listening to me voice my concerns!


I just returned from Spring Retreat 2016 at the Tibetan Meditation Center in Frederick, Maryland.  At that retreat, Khenchen Konchog Gyaltsen taught in the mornings and Khenpo Tsultrim taught in the afternoons.  Khenchen taught on a couple of topics – the first, a little booklet he handed out called “How to Live in Happiness,” he taught from for 3 days.  Then he taught on a couple of Vajra Songs by Milarepa and Lord Jigten Sumgon on the other 2 days.  I had to leave on Friday unfortunately.  I loved being up there, I missed many of my friends from years past.  It felt like being at home in a way.  I do hope to get up to TMC again in the next 6 months.

At the retreat, he said several pointedly insightful things or he used metaphors I had not heard before.  So read these and see if you agree that they are wise and / or witty / insightful / sharp, etc.

You can go here: https://www.youtube.com/c/drikungtmc/live to see the videos of Khenchen and Khenpo teaching from TMC’s live stream.

If I have made a mistake, it is due to my personal obstacles and obscurations.  I believe Khenchen Rinpoche has realized the three kayas and attained ultimate realization.  Therefore any mistakes are my fault.  Please comment if you feel my interpretation of Khenchen’s words is far off the mark!

I love how Khenchen emphasizes that Buddhism is not really a religion, but rather it is a method to cut through the causes of suffering.  It provides the path or the steps to realize lasting happiness.  He mentioned that taking refuge (in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha) looks like someone is converting to Buddhism, but they are also taking refuge in cutting off the causes of suffering.  That was a nice zinger to start off my retreat.

One of the members of the audience related a story they had heard from a great Master: he said that you want to invite the Emperor of all virtues, which is Great (ultimate) Compassion.  And we want to make certain to invite the Emperor rather than the King.  That is because, when you invite the Emperor, it is understood that his retinue is to come along with him.  If you invite a King, you must specify whether or not he is to bring his retinue.  And since Great Compassion is the emperor of all virtues, when you invite Great Compassion into your heart and your life, then all the other virtues will also tag along as they are the emperor virtue’s retinue.

Khenchen also emphasized that the pure mind, the uncontrived mind, the natural state, is joyful and peaceful without any effort.  Once one realizes Buddhahood, there is no need to go pursuing joy and happiness and peace – these are the mind’s true nature.  We can just rest the mind and eventually rediscover the mind’s pure imprint.  And then happiness will arise naturally without effort.

I work in a particularly stressful environment (at least on certain days) which is in food and beverage service.  At times, people get angry and other times, it is relatively easy and calm.  Khenchen Rinpoche mentioned that we should see the mind, at times, as being like a hurricane.  From the ocean, this massive storm develops.  It sweeps over the land and it might destroy entire cities.  Then within a day or two, the storm dies down and dissolves.  The storm arose from emptiness and it dissolved by into emptiness after it did its damage.  Where did it go?  Where did it come from?  Likewise, the mind can have little hurricanes rushing through it.  Other people might experience little hurricanes of anger.  But it will die down, it will pass.  My own reactions might be like a hurricane.  Notice this!  Have compassion when other people are experiencing little hurricanes, practice patience if possible.

The last anecdote or metaphor that I will share has to do with sand castles.  [From Khenchen]  Children build sand castles on the beach.  Then if other kids or adults come and kick them over, the child who built it might get very upset and frustrated and angry.  Likewise, when we buy a house or even just rent, when something goes wrong with the house, we can get so upset, so angry, so whiny.  The plumbing might go or the electrical wires might be old.  But if we realize that our houses are similar to sand castles, that a massive earthquake could take them out at any moment, then we can be less attached to whether or not bad things happen.  It does not mean don’t care – we need shelter, most practitioners need a shrine area in their home, if we have a family then we probably require a good house!  But just don’t get so attached that you get hot with anger when something unexpected happens.  Rather relax the mind and realize that this is an opportunity to see impermanence in action.

Thanks for reading!


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