I've been thinking about this concept of feeling "overwhelmed" as part of the Dakini's Whisper experience. It doesn't exactly describe my own personal experience but another word occurs to me which does, and maybe others might relate - overstimulated - though even the word "over" doesn't exactly fit. It's not like it's "over the top, too much." It's more like there are so many different resources, practices, offerings, that if I let the integration aspect slip through my fingers, my reaction might be one of helplessness, ("I can't do this."), frustration and giving up. Whatever the term, overwhelmed or overstimulated, it's for me a deeply ingrained, internalized feeling/energy, that swirls around my world with varying degrees of force. Khandro-la's teaching about the dimmer switch - it's all just energy, it's all the same energy - helps me rest in it and see what happens. May my awareness come back to this, again and again, as I begin this 3-month householder retreat.