My First Silent Meditation Retreat: An Experience of Heart Opening

  "Real love is a permanently self enlarging experience." -Scott Peck *** Over the New Year, I attended a five day silent meditation retreat led by Tara Brach. I've written about the first two days of the experience here and here. This post is about the latter few days. I learned about  Tara Brach, as …

Day 2 of a Silent Meditation Retreat: Using Painful Thoughts and Emotions

The second day kind of went as expected. I had obsessively read a number of "accounts" from people about silent retreats and understood that it can be really hard. So yea that turns out to be true. Overall though, I think my experience was pretty mild. I didn't have a meltdown or anything. But it …

Day One of My First Silent Meditation Retreat: Staring Down the Schedule

I'd been toying with the idea of attending a Meditation Retreat for many years. I had fantasies of sitting in silent meditation in perfect lotus pose for days on end and emerging from the retreat enlightened, blissed out, rainbows and light streaming out of me. But of course there was also a lot of hesitation. …

Power Yourself

The good work is in showing up to the moment exactly in front of you and choosing effort. Some examples: Snooze button? Effort says no Meditate right now at 6am as planned? Effort says meditate. Walk or Uber to work today? Effort says walk A heaping glass of wine with dinner tonight? Effort says no …