Okay L👁👁K at me! I am travelling in a car and I managed to find all the right buttons to hook me up on my phone to get this blog post done! Another clicking till it works blog success story!
Clicking is something I experienced after my 3 day silent retreat in the woods. I was able to have the long extended hours to be in the silence, soak up the strength of the majestic trees and surrender to the Maker of us all.
I spent the first portion of the time figuring out the wood stove, and other little practical logistics. I was the gentle observer of this focused busy work behavior! I could sense I also had an emotional hazmat suit on protecting me from all the potential monsters and boogie men, lurking in the darkness in particular. The good news is I never got totally frightened as I would have in the past and that was encouraging! (There is more space in you, then YOU leah! Trust the space, not the little space behind your eyes!)
That has been the big lesson for me in this course. I must master my emotions which was so well aligned with Og’s scroll this month. I did a tonne of reading, note taking, organizing my notebooks, looking up words in the dictionary and had some beautiful personal revelations. I felt it could have been a day longer as it takes a 1/2 day to get settled and the final day is clouded a little with thoughts of, “I have to go home today.”
I think it should be mandatory for everyone to have time in the silence. Not just the daily sit but the extended version. It’s like we first have to learn to sit still, then we have to learn to think still!
So much peace, freedom and inspiration in that silence. I found myself as always but in a deeper way connected to the trees surrounding the cabin. They got it going on. . .
They stand tall, branches extended up to the creator, withstand all weather conditions, without complaining, relying on their roots to find the necessary nutrients and continuously fulfilling their DMP by cleaning the air for our survival. The fact that their roots are all interconnected and support each other during wind storms is another source of encouragement and message from our infinite all living and loving God.
In context of our law of least resistance I had this vision of death and how we all have to lie down to die. I thought it would be helpful if I could live like I’m lying down. Keeping fully focused on the preciou,s present moment and not caught up in the moods, feelings and opinions of those around me including myself!
Since I’m creating this on the fly I can’t reference my notes but I found a workbook just before I left to go on my retreat on how to write your DMP. Of course you have to address any distractions you are dealing with and come up with the remedy. So I wrote this one that went like this.
When I am in the presence of others and they don’t choose to be present with me, or share the presence of God from within them, I will be hurt but not hardened or focused on that hurt. We are all created with this incredible God given spirit and gift in each one of us. We are at the best version of ourselves and having authentic relationships when we let this light shine for each other!
L👁👁KING forward to living like I’m lying down and being fully present.
If you haven’t found the silence yet, perhaps you will during this time of forced nothingness and quarantined restrictions. There is nothing like it!