This year came along with challenges beyond what we expected from a new year… I hear the same refrain from people from all walks of life. Challenges both emotionally and spiritually, seems to be the theme for 2018. Shaking our foundations and leaving us gasping for breath and balance whilst trying to just make it through another day.
I took a few days from life in general and found peace, quiet, energy and synergy nestled in a small town called McGregor at the Temenos Retreat. Settling into my cottage, trying to adjust my hurry time to Temenos time, I wandered through the garden, sitting quietly next to bubbling waters, listening to the bird life and just breathing and breathing to still my mind and let go and be at peace.
My first visitors came soon after to welcome me and check whether I was settled in and maybe had something to share.
Loved the callling of the peacocks throughout the day…watching mom and her little ones scratching around and the males doing what males do, strutting their stuff and showing off in splendid colours.
Temenos is built around a garden…a garden like no other garden, small pleasures and hidden treasures and beloved faces surprising you around every bend and corner. Wandering through the flowers and scrubs and trees and deities you sense a symmetry, a inner road leading to your soul and heart, forcing you to breath and be.
Walking the labyrinth….listening to the peacocks and birds…visiting all the little shrines and sanctuaries…learning to be still and open and just being flooded with the loving, peaceful and healing energy that is Temenos leads to discovering the basic truth of life…we are soul, we are love, we are energy and we do not need to get caught up in the dramas and hype of living the means of surviving. Just be, see the bigger picture and remember to not get attached to the small stuff.
Learn to love the journey and forget about the racing through life and experiences. Take time to laugh, breath and be. Take time to be present and take time to be kind to yourself. Venture into unknown worlds, both spiritually and physically. Wake up and smell the flowers, the wind and listen to the birds. Be patient, be loving and be kind.
Be brave, step out of your comfort zone and discover your inner voice and calm again.
‘If you want your dream to grow, day by day go slowly
Small beginnings, greater ends, heartfelt work is holy’
Go on, be brave, take a break from hectic life, find your own Temenos and breath again and remember that we came here to learn, to love, to laugh, to share and to be kind. Find your roots and values again and most of all, find your mind opening up to the multitude of miracles surrounding us everywhere.
Go on, be that brave soul, spend time alone and discover a whole new inner world…