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THERE’S A REASON PEOPLE GO ON LONG RETREATS

In RETREAT by Jason Espada0 Comments

Most of our life in the world is the mind directed outwards. For most of us, this is how it needs to be, but we know there is this whole inner world of ours that is the foundation for the quality of our entire life, and all our relationships. If that inner life is thriving, healthy, enriched, liberated, illumined, then everything we do gets that benefit.

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A WEEK IN THE CAVE

In RETREAT by Doug Ten Rose0 Comments

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.

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RETREAT & KINDNESS

In RETREAT by Kay Weiss4 Comments

Neither wild monkeys, nor snakes or other poisonous animal life could dissuade me from staying in retreat, not even these huge reptiles and the fear they triggered in my mind. But now a larger problem occurred.

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POEMS FROM A RETREAT CABIN

In RETREAT by Beth Lee-Herbert1 Comment

I sit in the same seat, staring at the same sky, as I have the last three years, on the bones of the morning, fleshing out with joyful diligence my heart’s expanse, that lucid cognizance, the sun’s rays bring to the sky.

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LONELY CABIN IN THE PINES

In RETREAT by Beth Lee-Herbert2 Comments

A poem about experiences from a three year retreat: Lonely cabin in the pines in front, the boundless sky empty-clarity vast as mind behind, the rising ridge a fortress of fearless confidence vast and held, here I dwell.

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MOUNTAIN LION RETREAT

In RETREAT by Beth Lee-Herbert0 Comments

The night was pitch-black, the empty sky littered with countless stars. I lay silently in bed, my mind churning with thoughts. I was at the end of three-year retreat in solitude, meditating alone in a cabin in the woods.

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RETREAT IN DARKNESS

In RETREAT by Erik Pema Kunsang

Darkness retreat is for the yogi who come to a point in life of readiness to go beyond the normal pattern of experience that is shaped by habitual concepts of the known. The darkness is merciless, the open sphere of experience is the playground for confusion or liberation.