When you go out into the woods, and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree.
The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying ‘You are too this, or I’m too this.’ That judgment mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are.” (Ram Dass)
How often do we relate in our lives from a sense of lack? What effect does this have? This retreat will help us to listen underneath all these voices and touch our real roots in abundance. It will help us to explore our deep interconnectedness, our sense of self and our responses in the world...
Touching into our deep belonging and rootedness in this universe, there is a paradox. We may find a looser sense of identity and yet also more fully inhabit the realities of our particular being. This can have a transformative effect - simpler, more connected and so less threatened - can we allow the richness of diversity, in ourselves and in others?
From this kind of listening, from rooted, open belonging, we can explore trust. We can explore how a lack of this rooted belonging can create division and harm in ourselves, towards each and in this world. Can we touch into something deeper, more listening, more compassionate and allowing? A place where our needs become simpler, our actions less harmful? Going beyond the robotic mechanisms of our imposed capitalistic, consumerist downloads.......of not enough.......to finding here, now, presence, love.
This is the aspiration for this retreat.
Focus of this retreat :
The retreat will be held in noble silence. The days will unfold with a rhythm of sitting, walking meditation and an encouragement to be here in all activities, including helping in small practicals of the retreat and tasting into participation and the support of community. There will be daily meditation guidance, one to one interviews, Q & A opportunities and regular dharma talks...together we can bring the intention to explore and deepen.
The space of practice that is Ekuthuleni is made available with a heart of practice and integrity. All of what is here has been offered in one way or another - through, energy, time, in meditation or money. This is the spirit of dana or generosity.
There is a non refundable and non transferable booking fee for each retreat. This covers basic costs (such as food, insurance, gas and water). We are a non profit organisation and for all other costs we depend on donations, dana. It is this way of participation and generosity that really keeps the Dharma rolling, as in dharma centers all over the world!
Booking fee for this retreat: Euro 170
Real Roots in Abundance
led by Noon and Sumedha
Fri 14 - Thurs 20 August 2020
To book contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org