Weather experts say a "once in a generation" winter storm is coming. States of "emergency" are already declared in anticipation of dangerously low temperatures and high winds with rain turned to ice and then snow. I am aware of feelings of anxiety in my body when I hear these warnings of "doom," anticipating more suffering in the world.
I turn my attention towards Ratna Earth Dakini and listen. I hear Khandro-la's inquiries - "where is the earth beneath your feet now, Ellen?" Do you feel it rumbling? What's that like for you? Rest in that."
Suddenly Earth is trembling and water is pouring in - forceful water, freezing water, drowning water. I turn my attention towards Vajra Water Dakini and listen. I hear Khandro-la's inquiries - "Do you feel the debris rising up from the storm? Where has it been? Where is it going? Can Earth hold it all? Reflect on that."
Earth and Water meet in life's "storms." I practice, sitting in the river of blessings of our Ear-Whisper Lineage, with these great yoginis and yogis; I stay in the midst of these storms and feel the warmth of the 'candlelight at my heart.'