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!