A WEEK IN THE CAVE

In RETREAT by Doug Ten RoseLeave a Comment

Impenetrable domain.
Solid Rock.
Solitude’s fortress.
Thoughts and emotions have nowhere to go. Emptiness is their only company.
The first day is not as silent as you might think it would be. The invading noises of bats, jungle, and ocean blend in flurried motion to become that deeper internal silence that negates all commotion. Disturbing isolation becomes a comforting meditation.
Manufactured realities melt into amorphous ecstasies and play havoc in the shadows.
Isolation breeds clarity. Clarity breeds an intelligence that blends with memory to recall connections to people, places, things, emotions, events, everything. Soon memory fades as presence takes over accompanied by knowledge with no fixed focal point. Neither concrete word nor abstract thought can say what this knowledge knows.
Attempts to describe concepts so far beyond words bring a sense of irony that turns to laughter. That laughter may be as close as we can get to a definition of these mysterious concepts.
This type of knowledge, once accepted and embraced, leads to a tranquility of mind. The calmer mind uncovers an even more intensified depth of mental clarity. This intensified clarity welcomes a surprisingly potent peace. This peace announces that it is not a surprise. It has always been within and always will be. It never needs to arrive. It only needs to be recognized. And now, thanks to the magic of undistracted attention, it has.

About the Author
Doug Ten Rose

Doug Ten Rose

Albert Einstein said, “Once you accept the universe as being something expanding into an infinite nothing which is something, wearing stripes with plaid is easy.” Doug “Ten” Rose has metaphorically worn stripes with plaid all his life. He has thirty years experience raising funds at street level for various causes, often while working under very adverse personal circumstances. He has invented and directed charity projects involving rock stars, pro sports teams, a governor, mayors, and senators. These projects raised awareness and large sums of money for others. Much of this was done while Tenzin remained homeless and panhandled for food money on the streets. Doug’s website fearlesspuppy.org.

He has recently written two amazing books, Fearless Puppy on American Road and Reincarnation Through Common Sense. True to Ten’s form, all author profits from these books will be donated to sponsor Wisdom Professionals (beginning with but not exclusive to Tibetan Nuns and Monks). Ten is a graduate of heroin addiction and death, as well as thirty-five years and over a hundred thousand miles of travel without ever driving a car, having a bank account, telephone, or a bill in his name. He may be the most comedic smartass as well as one of the most entertaining survivors of the hitchhiking adventurers that used to cover America’s highways. The term “crazy wisdom” is often used, but rarely meets its match the way it does in this author. Ten Rose and his work are a vibrant part of the present and future as well as an essential remnant of a vanishing breed.

Photo by Fab Wüst, Germany.

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