Two week retreat at the Lower Farm – a review
“In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.” – Albert Camus [The Minotaur]
At the Lower Farm there is no TV, no radio, no phone, no computer, no indoor plumbing, no running water and heating/cooking is done with a wood burning stove. That is the beginning of paying attention to all the little things.
The irony is that the more you “retreat,” the more you connect to the world around you. Sounds are more distinct, things look more clear, smells are stronger and more pronounced. Life opens up.
After the last sunset and I’m back home the openness and depth of feeling tend to fade. It’s the felt sense of the great mystery that keeps calling me back to the Lower Farm. That and the memory of peace.
Those who are awake live in a state of constant amazement. …Buddha…