Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I Didn't Take Any Pictures

A piece that my super cool friend Johanna wrote for xoJane reminded me of this one time I went to a silent retreat. That week my mind felt clear and open for lots of reasons. One was that I wasn't talking. Two was that I wasn't listening to anything but dharma and meditation instruction from masters. Three was that all I was doing was meditating, sleeping, and eating, and four was that I was not using my phone at all, no emails, no Facebook, nothing.

Over the weekend I was camping in the mountains outside Jemez Springs with Mike and Smokey. We didn't practice silence; we talked to each other, and to Smokey, and about Smokey a lot. We went to bed early, and we went on long hikes. I left my phone turned off and in the car from the moment we left until we were almost home. I didn't take any pictures, and I didn't miss a thing. I felt more connected than I have in a long time.

Frank Lloyd Wright said, "I believe in God, only I spell it Nature." Mr. Wright was super smart at spelling.

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