We were not allowed to use any electronics, no speaking (except for at the one meal a day) as we observed noble silence; no make-up, no jewelry, no perfume, wearing simple dress. We received a katha when we took the vows, which served as our monastic robe during this time – tied on top of our clothing and a string around our wrists to symbolize our vows…these ties kept falling off people and you had to keep a watchful eye on them…:)
There is so much in our daily lives that we do that we could really cut out and it was so apparent that life could be much simpler than we make it. It was interesting to watch my mind as the hours passed…
At first my mind was so noisy that I felt as though I was on an airplane, with huge engines making that really loud buzzing sound. I noticed how crazy and fast my world has been spinning. I knew my job was not good for me in so many ways and being there was further confirmation that I was doing the right thing by leaving. My last day was the day before heading on the retreat.
I encourage any and all to take an opportunity to do a retreat next time Tashi la does one — or if you have an opportunity to do something similar somewhere else.
As we moved through the intensive practice session in this short a time span (10 in a day and a half, with the first session at 6 am and the last one at midnight) we had many opportunities to deepen our practice and to see ‘where’ our mind really takes us and to see if our practice is indeed working for us – or not!?
The true test is if we are a more compassionate and kind person in our ordinary lives – amongst the ‘not so perfect’ conditions and situations. If not…we may want to look at our practice and ask someone knowledgable for assistance…
I am off to visit my elderly parents and family for a little while, but I am sure to post once I return…Be well!
Love & Light!