It’s that time of the year again! Time to go quietly into the darkest time of the year.
At least as quietly as a radiant compassionate smile, or the volume of full ripe noble silence. 🙂
I am participating in another dynamic Winter retreat that involves some silent meditation (Vipassyana or Shamatha), some Zapchen Somatics (simple moves toward well-being), some guided meditations (the Eight Jhanas or the Anapanasati Breath meditation) and some Dream Play (dream work where we act out the role of a character from someone’s dream).
It is an amazing time for dropping into a deeper, longer, more radiant, inspiring and creative rhythm. It warms my heart to sit with good company and practice right action, right thought, etc.
Also, I am not the most diligent practitioner on my own (e.g. I can do about an hour of practice max most days before I start to feel a pull toward the dark side…). However, during a retreat, I am able to drop in deep and sit or do somatic exercises or do qigong or play with dreams from 6 am until 9 pm (with a few breaks in there). Oh I should mention that napping is not only allowed, but it is highly recommended!
I have had my most profound experiences on this retreat in the past where I would seriously nap for three or more hours per day. Especially if I am living a busy lifestyle, working many hours or pushing my way through full-time school work, then slowing down via sleeping is the way to go. Talk about catching up on some rest 🙂 I’m sure it is so very good for my kidneys.
It is most likely too late to join us this time around, but here is the website in case you want to get on Janet’s email list regarding these profound and uplifting retreats:
If you know me or Janet, you can lean into us energetically from Dec 18th – 28th and feel the support of a warm, supportive, light-generating, healthily-connected group!
May all beings know warm hearted connections now and going forward! ❤
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