|Ants leaving my compost bin. Yuk!|
Nature is a wonderful thing, but it's not all lovely. Take, for instance, the Ritual of the Flying Ants, which took place on Saturday. I know it's amazing that they all take off at the same time, but it gives me the creeps.
Yesterday afternoon I sat in the audience while the choir I belong to performed its summer concert. I wasn't in my usual seat in the alto ranks, because I've taken a term off. My only contribution was to arrange a bit of publicity and book a couple of folk singers to complement the programme. Vince Gorman and Dave Clemo did a splendid job. Check them out on YouTube
|Khenchen Lama Rinpoche|
The week has had an unusual start. I'm not a Buddhist, but have been to the occasional meditation session and special event at the local centre (which meets at the Quaker Meeting House, making it a truly interfaith event). They have a special guest all day today: a Tibetan Meditation Master Khenchen Lama Rinpoch
e. I went to the first teaching and really wished I could have stayed for the whole event, not least because there was to be something on Dream Yoga and I have no idea what that is. I shall have to ask for feedback from friends who were there. We did some lovely work with mudra (hand positions) and mantra (repetition of words) with a view to helping us overcome the Five Poisons. Khenchen Lama Rinpoche had a very strong Tibetan accent (it took me a while to work out that what I thought was 'zumba', which seemed a little odd, given the context, was actually 'example'), so I can't tell you what the five are, but he definitely mentioned ego (ahem), anger and envy. In Indian yoga we talk of the five obstacles (klesha) of ignorance, egoism, attachment, hatred and clinging to bodily life, and of course there's the Seven Deadly Sins. Many paths all leading the same way?
Wo !!!! I had no idea ants did this but mine all headed for the skies on sat pm also, that is SO weird. And me dancing around with the fly spray only served as an agitator :¬(ReplyDelete
The meditation sounds amazing, would love to try that. I've got a little booklet about how to do it but I've only tried it a few times - will get that back out today and have another go.ReplyDelete
I've got some CDs you could borrow, Elaine.Delete
I'd love to be in the audience and gear my choir. We have a concert on Saturday but our pieces are full of actions... I don't do actions!ReplyDelete
As long you keep smling, Wendy! I hope it goes well.Delete