On Saturday June 4th, 2016, members of our Sangha were invited to attend a Day of Mindfulness. The theme for the day was “Discovering Our True Nature.”
It was actually a very good theme for the day that personally led me through a lot of my own personal history and reminded me of who I really am. That person I had buried under so many layers over the years, and actually forgot about. Between relationships, family, work, and other events in my life, the layers piled over top of each other and I had a mask for each role I assumed.
Sitting in silence and stillness allowed me to start chiseling away at the layers which started to bring me a better understanding of myself and who I am.
I know everyone’s experience is always different and I think that’s part of the beauty I enjoy the most at the end of the retreats.
I love hearing people share how their day went, the good and the bad and what made the day special for them.
We are all different. We come from all different age groups, social statuses, histories and so much more. Yet we come together on retreats such as this one to practice and share in an experience.
My true nature is who I am and not forgetting to enjoy life and experiences.
This came to light when I was going to take a walk through the woods on a path that was blocked by a large puddle. My first reaction was to turn away and go a different way until two very equally important things reminded me of why I was there.
The first was Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” and the second one was how my 2-year-old grandson would handle this situation. After thinking of those things for a moment, I pulled up my pant legs and walked along the edge of the puddle until I was past it. My feet were soaked, but I was where I wanted to be, and the beauty along that path proved to be worth wet feet. Not only did I feel re-energized and revitalized, I felt the layers start to fall off me at that moment.
Not only did I learn more about my true nature, I was given the opportunity to see how others were doing with discovering that for themselves.
We’re philosophers, teachers, parents, co-workers, vets, retired, writers, photographers, students and many other things, but most importantly, we are spiritual friends and we get to share these experiences in a safe and supportive environment whether it’s on a retreat or during a sitting.
Personally I would love to see more of these retreats, but for now I’ll continue to be grateful for the ones that the WIMG puts on and that I can attend.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Nelle, Marc, Amy, Bruce and Jillian for making this silent retreat a positive experience for me and hopefully for the other Sangha members who joined us on this day.
With Loving Kindness,