In this episode, I interview Tibetan Buddhist teacher Charlotte Rotterdam, who teaches meditation, Feeding Your Demons, and other Buddhist practices around the US and abroad. She received her Masters from Harvard Divinity School and is an Instructor and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Contemplative Education at Naropa University. In 2016 she received the title of Magyu Lopön, lead teacher of Magyu: The Mother Lineage at Tara Mandala by her teacher Lama Tsultrim Allione.
This episode is unique in that Charlotte will actually guide you through a Feeding Your Demons practice, which – despite how it sounds – is actually an incredibly gentle, loving way to transform parts of you that may seem challenging and problematic (and even hell-raising, at times!) into allies that can help you live a more full, rich and vibrant life.
It’s the quickest way I know to make real, lasting change that gets to the cause of what is happening.
Because of the nature of this episode, you may want to find a comfortable seat in your house, rather than running, biking or driving during the episode. And, heads up, for the actual practice portion (last half hour of the show) you’ll need two seats, situated across from each other.
As you listen to the guidance given and follow along, please keep in mind that this powerful practice can be used on anything from binge eating and other addictions, to relationship issues, career challenges, political tensions, and so much more.
Be sure to listen to the first half of the show, as we go into:
- Why trying to rid yourself of your “demons” usually backfires – and why inviting these demons in and creating intimacy with them is actually a much faster, more fulfilling way to go if you want a more rich, vibrant and peaceful experience of yourself and your life.
- How to increase compassion for yourself and others by seeing your “issues” in a radically new way.
- How problematic patterns and behaviors were formed in the first place – the “root.”
- The fundamental relationship between needs and wants when it comes to your demons, and why developing a clear understanding of this distinction can make the difference between continuing a destructive pattern, and finding joyful freedom.
You can find more of Charlotte Rotterdam and Feeding Your Demons practice, including trainings, at https://skymind.us/.
You can also contact Charlotte directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Tara Mandala retreat center and the teachings of Lama Tsultrim Allione, Charlotte’s teacher, visit https://taramandala.org/.