Sunday, October 15, 2006

fall foliage retreat reflection

fresh back from a fabulous fall foliage retreat weekend with an amazing group of yogis. although i lead the retreat and am "on" the whole time, i always return refreshed after spending time outside, doing some yoga and meditation, sipping more tea than my body is used to, and sleeping to the sounds of nature. some take-aways that the group came up with were: carve out more unstructured play time, organize chaos, make a quilt and sit still, take baby steps and celebrate them/breathe when life is difficult, doing things without judgment and living with questions, focus on self-care, laugh and smile more/not take life so seriously/release control. i share these with you as a gentle reminder of our ongoing need to slow down, laugh a bit more, and celebrate play!

a poem by rilke that was read by a retreater and spoke to many of us was:
I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.
p.s. podcast coming tomorrow. i hope you had a delightful weekend and got to enjoy some of the fabulous fall foliage and weather.

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Anonymous said...

Oh, it looks so great! It's still stinky hot down here in FL. I need a retreat big time and I am seriously thinking of joining you next year, Kimberly.
I love the poem...

carolina bracho said...

Beautiful poem. Very accurate too, bumping into answers after we’ve let go of the obsession with haunting questions.
Thanks for sharing,