Gratitude for the
MEDITATION BY DR. LORIN ROCHE
A meditation with the flame mantra from the
vijnana bhairava tantra
I hate winter. Always have. Let me count the ways:
There is less daylight. You have to wear more clothes
- more than just surf shorts and a T-shirt. Sunset
happens while you are still inside at work.
Other people love winter, and have a whole skill set,
plus accessories for dealing with it. They have spe-
cial clothes in the closet that they look forward to
wearing, special shoes, and nifty things to do such
as lighting candles and building a fire in the fire-
place. I’ve never bonded with all that so I just feel
depressed. Buddhists would mock me, with their su-
perior tone, for "clinging." And they would be right.
I totally cling to the Sun, and it is the slow descent
I dread – it feels to my body like the Sun is sinking
into the Earth. One season I was moping around,
feeling my inner life get darker and colder, when I
realized I could do something about it. Meditation,
in its many forms, is sitting around God’s campfire –
all those suns and galaxies in the inner world.