retreat releases stress

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.

027The first evenings sunset reminded me of the type entertainment to be had in the coming week watching clouds speed overhead. Sunlit and riding on the winds breath.

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.

039The smell of rain on a summer day.

021The whispering message in a breeze.

091The niche that each small species selects is worthy of examination.

025With meditation there is peace, slower pace, expanded awareness, and the opened heart creates an avenue for creativity to flow freely.

123After 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

Aloha, Dohn


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5 Responses to retreat releases stress

  1. df says:

    Being able to step outside of daily routines and focus on nature and the senses exclusively for such a period of time sounds like bliss to me. I get small moments in my life like this, but nothing much longer than that. It’s a dream for some time down the road. Wonderful photos, Dohn, and a lovely post.

  2. Cathy says:

    It must be a wonderful experience to spend a longer time with just nature as company. I have moments of that awareness in my garden, but so fleeting in comparison! Hope you feel strengthened.

  3. Wonderful pictures and simple message, An inspiring post for all,
    Best wishes

  4. pavanneh says:

    How beautiful. Wonderful pictures and I love your description of how you feel when you are on the Lower Farm. I wish I had somewhere to go like that. It is hard to find places of solace and reflection. I am glad for you that you have such a place.

  5. Mark says:

    Dohn – The words are true and the photographs are awesome! Thank you for kindling the spirit within me to continue to “see” all that is around me with all the wonder of a child!

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