My World Tuesday: Beating a Retreat

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Actually, there is no beating a retreat--not when Brian leads the way. I spent all of Saturday among friends in Plymouth, Connecticut, under the direction of Buddhist teacher Brian Vaugh. We shared in tea, walking, silent, and guided meditations, tai chi, and a video about the Soto Zen teacher Edward Brown. Along the way we even had a clay meditation, fashioning food items from modeling clay. We spent the day in silence, and it was good.

The cup, above, is one of Brian's that we use in the tea meditation. The dog and the cat are the live-in friends of our hosts and very much in sync with the universe. So they're way ahead of the rest of us.

The truth is you're already a cook.
Nobody teaches you anything,
but you can be touched, you can be awakened.
Put down the book and start asking,
"What have we here?"



Comments

  1. It all sounds so perfectly peaceful and soothing...it was like being on retreat, myself...so glad you attained peace this way.
    Sandi

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  2. Sandy what a wonderful experience!
    Silence is golden and we learn much when the mind is quiet.
    I have been on a retreat in the past and now is a good time for me to take in another. Love the images and messages in your recent posts! namaste anna xo

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  3. What a wonderful experience indeed! I'm so happy for you, Sandy! Haven't been on a retreat in quite some time either. Sounds like such a beautiful and peaceful day. Going to have to see what I can find here. Hope you have a great week! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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  4. Marvelous photos! And I love the quote. (You knew I would, didn't you?)

    And I'm glad it was such a good and restorative experience for you. You deserve it.

    (PS: What on earth do you suppose "fliarke" might mean/be?)

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  5. sounds like a peaceful sabbath...

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  6. sounds like an amazingly peaceful way to relax!

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  7. I love tea cups you cradle, the warmth of the tea comfort not only your thirst but your soul....

    WV Porion .. as in pour on the tea please

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  8. Fascinating. I would love to go on a retreat where the whole day is spent in silence. Must be very refreshing.

    Dark

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  9. Anonymous2:41 PM

    what a wonderful experience. sadly, i am bloghopping at work and none of the pix are opening, so i have to return here tonite when i get home so i could see the images.

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  10. I have never experienced a day of silence but would love to! What a wonderful experience.

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  11. That sounds very calming Sandy.

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  12. Simplicity and peacefulness....beautiful.

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  13. Sandy: That is something I've never done.

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  14. Good for you Sandy. You deserve it.

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  15. Sounds like a wonderful experience. Great quote.

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  16. It sounds like a delightful retreat. I hope you enjoyed every minute of it. Love the closeups of the fur people.

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  17. Nice way to relax. The second snap is very nice.

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  18. It sounds like a wonderful experience. Must be very relaxing.
    Love the close up photos!

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  19. to find a way you need to think and feel. so beautiful!

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  20. Profound and beautiful - both the photos and the words.

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  21. Beautiful, beautiful macros indeed!

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  22. It's so important to just leave the world like this for a while.

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  23. So true Sandy, great post and pics.

    All the best
    Guy
    Regina In Pictures

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  24. hmmm... first heard of a clay meditation. and now ill google it. great time with friends plus exciting activities... perfect!

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  25. Very interesting and I imagine extremely relaxing too.

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  26. The beauty of silence give us time the hear and restore our sole.
    Inner peace is also wonderful, it is something you can't buy.

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  27. Silent and Listen are the same word when you play with the letter order. Nice flow of photos and I'm glad you got a retreat. It feeds the soul.

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  28. Splendid experience, I'd like to participate. Beautiful pictures, Sandy.

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  29. Anonymous3:42 PM

    Lovely post ... thanks for sharing your 'retreat experience' with us through your wonderful photos and words.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  30. Sounds like a wonderful experience. Probably one that we could all use. Come swing by and get me on your way next time. :)

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  31. A wonderful experience, this you shared. Must be refreshing to body and soul.

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  32. Inspirational words. Thanks for sharing your meditation.

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  33. Wow, it sounds like a great way to get away from the rat race. It calmed me down just reading about it and viewing your photos.

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  34. Sandy what a wonderful experience!

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  35. I LOVE that cup! Sounds like a peaceful time!

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  36. I LOVE that cup! Sounds like a peaceful time!

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  37. Very nice sharing. Thank you… Good information and good way your blog post. Good luck

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  38. Very nice sharing.thanks

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