Book Love

I’m going on a ten day residential meditation retreat in January. I’m not phased by much about it, long periods of meditation, separation, the silence, what I might discover about myself. But I will not be able to write.

What are the things that you could not live without?

“Confess to yourself in the deepest hour of the night whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. Dig deep into your heart, where the answer spreads its roots in your being, and ask yourself solemnly, Must I write?”

{Rainer Maria Rilke}

Here are some books that my mother wrote. If everyone has a book inside of them waiting to be written, would yours be about?

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3 Responses to Book Love

  1. becca says:

    the ‘retreat’ schedule for those 10 days of silence…

    4:00 am Morning wake-up bell
    4:30-6:30 am Meditate in the hall or in your room
    6:30-8:00 am Breakfast break
    8:00-9:00 am Group meditation in the hall
    9:00-11:00 am Meditate in the hall or in your room according to the teacher’s instructions
    11:00-12:00 noon Lunch break
    12 noon-1:00 pm Rest and interviews with the teacher
    1:00-2:30 pm Meditate in the hall or in your room
    2:30-3:30 pm Group meditation in the hall
    3:30-5:00 pm Meditate in the hall or in your own room according to the teacher’s instructions
    5:00-6:00 pm Tea break
    6:00-7:00 pm Group meditation in the hall
    7:00-8:15 pm Teacher’s Discourse in the hall
    8:15-9:00 pm Group meditation in the hall
    9:00-9:30 pm Question time in the hall
    9:30 pm Retire to your own room–Lights out

    about 11 hours+ of meditation

    AMAZING!

  2. Sounds like a lot Becca but I find it’s not enough….you’re tired at 9pm and asleep by 9.30 so getting up early is not hard. Also, the morning is the clearest, deepest meditation time of day so even if you are dozy it’s usually later in the day. Rest periods are usually just that.

    This is one of the few opportunities to honestly, not-distractedly be with yourself in your life and it is a true gift to yourself.

  3. Yuta says:

    You’re going to love it Rosie, we’re always trying to distract ourselves with one thing or the other – at the centre you will have the opportunity to simply be! It’s amazing…don’t be daunted by the timetable either…you’ll be working hard but feel more rested as you live in the present. I’m do glad for you x

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