So this week I surrendered to my impulse to go and volunteer my services at the Wat Kow Tham monastery to help with their Vipassana retreat.
I was unsure if I wanted to do this, and then I realised that I would also live to have the opportunity to go inward and retreat. So I said yes, and on Sunday I showed up for my duties.
And So I have been here, leading the yoga sessions at 5:15 each morning. Current attendees come from around the world, mostly Europeans, and although they started out at about twenty people, now it’s day 4 (of the seven day retreat) and there are about half left.
Each day there the bell rings at 4am, and at 4:30 sitting meditation begins. From then it is sitting, walking (meditation) sit, walk, sit walk, along with a few insrtuctions and dhamma talks from the Thai Buddhist monkt who is leading this retreat.
Of course a meditation retreat is the perfect environment to practice surrender, because each and every moment during the meditation sessions, you work with the mind, watching the thoughts, watching the breath, and being present to what arises. READ MORE