I have retreated this week to a mountain cabin in an effort to restore a lost sense of sanity. Living as we do in this crumbling world can take a heavy toll. I like how James Hillman tries to redirect psychotherapy so that it does not become an insular narcissism (It’s all about me) but he shows that a lot of our personal challenges stem from the fact that we live in a disturbed disconnected out-of-balance society. Coupled with living day to day in a big city with big traffic in a job that I outgrew long ago and trying to still figure out what I want to be when I grow up…
Well, it is good to get away from the routine and hopefully clear my head and reconnect so to speak.
My son sent this reminder to me a few days ago and it seemed prescient – from Daily OM
Going Away to Go Within
by Madisyn Taylor
Going on retreat is a time to cocoon so that we may emerge ready to return to our lives with a new perspective.
Occasionally, we need to pause – and step away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. One way to do this is to get away from our daily life and go on retreat. Far more than a vacation, a retreat offers us time to ourselves to rest, heal, reflect, and renew our spirit. It is a time to cocoon so that we may emerge renewed, refreshed, and ready to return to our everyday lives with a new perspective. A retreat gives us time for uninterrupted meditation so that we may go deep within and spend time with ourselves.
A retreat may offer quiet, solitude, and sometimes even silence. Retreats often take place in humble dwellings with simple fare so that our senses may be reawakened to the beauty of unadorned tastes and the sights and sounds of nature. When we spend days in contemplation, we can more easily hear our heart when it speaks to us. We also are able to really listen when a bird sings, deeply breathe in the smell of flowers, grass, or earth, and delight in a soft breeze blowing on our cheek. When we go on retreat we have time to connect to the sacred geometry of a labyrinth, discover epiphanies through asanas, or take a long, reflective walk through the woods where we can give each step our full attention.
Without the pull of deadlines, relationships, the Internet, or other media, we give ourselves time to go deep into our own solitude where we can fully reflect on our joys, sorrows, and fears, owning and releasing them as needed. We may even come to know and understand our life path more deeply. Hopefully, when we return home, we can take a little bit of this time alone back with us and create the space for deep reflection on a daily basis. We also may come back to our life renewed and ready to take on the world. The beauty of going on retreat is that no matter where you go or how long you stay, you’ll always meet yourself when you get there.
And just a few days ago, Monika at Symbolreader introduced me to The Tarot Nook
Here is what this week’s Tarot had to say to me
“This is an incredibly important week for you, Leo. But just as last week, you’re in this for the long haul. You’re undergoing a long process of transformation, and by the end of it, you really won’t be the same person at all. That’s a good thing. But this is an ongoing period and a lull of several days might be rewarded with an hour of intense revelation. For the moment, you really need to be rethinking your priorities, as you’re trying to tame a beast that must be kept wild to survive. Again, as with last week, I advise you to let go and be less disciplined. The feral should be guarded and honored as is.”
So here I am, trying to let the sediment settle, seeing what will emerge, allowing the senses to become retuned,
listening to the crickets and the silence.