Year’s end, all
Corners of this
Floating world, swept
Over the years, the New Year meditation retreat at Taraloka has felt a special retreat. The solstice has passed, the light is lengthening and, deep within, the earth is quietly renewing itself. It is a natural time for contemplation.
Together, we will meditate, be with the landscape and share devotional practice in the presence of beautiful shrines. We will open to the depths of mindfulness and metta. An important part of our practice will also be relaxing and simply being with our experience. We thus begin to let go of our busy lives, together with the tension and mental proliferation that take us away from how things more truly are and from how we more deeply are. Supported by special ritual, this retreat is also an opportunity to reflect on the old year, to move on from what might be burdensome and to open to appreciation, gratitude and beauty.
We will gradually move into about six hours of varied practice each day and about three and a half days of continuous silence. Of course, we will say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new: particularly through an imaginative evening of ritual and devotion. There will be the support of presentations, meditation reviews and guidance, the inspiration of the Dharma....and of a cheerful, companionable fire each evening.
It is surely one of the very best ways to begin the New Year.
the first bird of the year
has sung a valentine
tuned to the last winter star.