From outside the shoes, to scratch where you itch.
Jo Potter JDPSN writes about her three month solo retreat
Zen-meditation retreat is one of the most precious and unique possibilities to intensify the study of our minds. This year I undertook a three months solo retreat in the mountains of Czech Republic. I had no idea of what would happen. In the silence and peace of these three months I realized the significance of allowing the mind to rest. A long retreat gives us the chance to rest the mind long enough to perceive the source of the programs in our minds which cause us to want to fight and be right, which fear, which get angry, which feel threatened. I investigated deeply the question of life and death. This solo retreat was a powerful purification of mind, body and heart.
Now after the retreat, I see how valuable this time alone was for me. I am experiencing an expansion in my relationships with others and a happiness which has no cause.
I encourage everyone to take advantage and participate in retreat, whether only a Zen Day. a week, or a 3 month solo retreat. Our earth benefits immensely from our efforts to become True Human Beings radiating compassion and love.
Dharma means the Path of Truth, which in turn means the way towards great clarity, which guides us in acting from an expanded space of great Compassion, great Wisdom and great Love. I wish this for all of us on our Earth.