Late night under the almost full moon shining in my open window. I can hear the ocean here at the stunningly beautiful Asilomar beach, just outside of Monterey CA. The Temple of Grace burned a week ago. So much has swirled around me in such powerful, remarkable, difficult and profound ways the last 3 weeks. I have so much to write about, yet the sheer volume of experiences has me stumbling over where to begin.
Burning Man 2014 was an exploration of love... Of sharing the pain and joy of loving perfectly imperfect human beings. People baring their soul and holding each other as we fell. And then delighting in the sheer joy of being alive together.
I left Black Rock City and returned home to a few of the most difficult days I have walked through for a long time. I will say it is much harder to watch those I love struggle than to do so myself. I am being challenged to look at my own personal relationship to loving... Can I walk my talk? Can I really surrender to the vulnerability inherent in living a life with my Heart Open-Wide?
Sharing any more will have to wait as in the morning I begin a week of silence. I am here with friends from literally all over the world, we have been talking & catching up all day. Tomorrow we begin a week of silence which includes no internet, phones, reading, music or looking at or touching each other. Writing is encouraged and each day will have a focus. We meditate 4 times a day and do yoga twice a day. This retreat is facilitated by staff from The Chopra Center and is based on the work of the late David Simon the co-founder of The Chopra Center. Deepak Chopra is joining us in silence except for a few hours every evening when we get the great fun of listening to him 'think out loud'. I have had the delightful experience of hangin' with Deepak playing in 'the field' for almost 20 years. I have done this week long silent retreat before and it is an amazing personal journey. Perfect timing.
I will close for now with a few moments from my time in Black Rock City last week. I had worked the 2-6am shift as a Temple Guardian at The Temple of Grace. Watching the sunrise and feeling so full of joy I rode my bike to this art car playing music and surrendered to joy. As I say in the video: It is possible to have your Heart wide open and feel every moment of being alive... It is time to dance!