A marvelous five-day New Year's Retreat, not without challenges. Bitterly cold winds made it difficult to be outside and a meditation hall with the creakiest floorboards possible added to the mix. I also had a five-day migraine and spent much of my time managing my energy so I could show up for the group interviews, yoga classes, private interviews and my dharma talk.
But the collective intention and sincerity of the group generated a powerful forcefield of good will and it seemed many came away deeply touched by our shared practice. This is truly the best game in town.
I leave in a few weeks for my own retreat - 30 days at Spirit Rock in California and look forward to being immersed again soon.