Seven days of silence, a retreat lead by Adyashanti entitled, “The Embodiment of Insight”.
This was an opportunity to absorb so many pearls of wisdom evoked from the daily dharma talks, the six meditation sittings per day, the beautiful natural surroundings, and 270 beings sharing 3 meals per day, observing together both the stillness and the movement – in total Silence.
Some Pearls of wisdom worth sharing:
Always look inward to the depth of intuitive knowing. The learning comes from what’s evoked within you. The teacher should never actually have an answer to your question.
We are always Being, always Becoming.
Truth is transcendent of the opposites, but can express itself through it.
We’re all attracted to the light of the fire, but unaware of the vast open space around us.
When you meditate, Sit Tall, but let the breath be soft and easy.
Recognize that the dynamic pull of the unknown (God) is not only One Way. It goes both ways. IT needs us as much as we need IT.
There is no separation. The other side of joy is sorrow. The other side of suffering is peace. The other side of light is dark. One will always contain the other.
In the Zen tradition, nothing is explained. It is left to your own experience. I imagine that is why this teacher, Adyashanti, became such a master of dialogue and imagery, to give our rational mind something to understand.
Meditation toolbox: Look at your thoughts with Kindness, Gentleness, Compassion.
How to go ‘all the way’ through to liberation? Never deny the truth of what you actually and always are.
In the eye of the hurricane: the still point is not separate from the chaos.
BE STILL LIKE A HUMMINGBIRD, (Henry Miller): A title that’s a perfect analogy for the paradox of life.
Deep spirituality begins when we come to realize we don’t know.
This life is going to go by in a flash. Do something for yourself; Take one moment, step back, take a breath, and take it all in.
Namaste my fellow beings. In deep love I share these simple realizations.