When you consider your options to step away from your busy life for a week of stripped down simplicity, do consider Club Meditation vs. Club Med.
All the basic are here: great food, a wonderful environment, a spacious schedule and caring support for your practice. While we are all refraining from speaking, practitioners have an interview with a teacher every other day and in the silence, the support from those around you is palpable. There is definitely a feeling that we’re in this together.
I’ve often imagined I’d feel lonely on a retreat, but it’s quite the opposite. There is a collective sharing of the ‘good’ days and ‘bad’ days, the ‘good’ sits and ‘bad’ sits. We each have periods where we feel tight and constricted other times when we feel spacious and gracious.
After awhile the labels of good and bad drop away and I simply feel how everything changes. The low morning light turns bright and blazing. Bird song is busy in the morning, goes into a mid-day lull and picks up at night. The moon is in a slightly different place each night.
James Taylor said, “The secret of life is enjoying the passing of time.” Taking it one step further, maybe it’s just being the passing of time.