I spent last weekend with a friend at Chenrezig, a Tibetan Buddhist retreat centre on the Sunshine Coast. It was incredible. Much of the time was spent in lesson or meditation, but we also spent a great deal of time lying around in the Garden of Enlightenment (yes, it’s called that!) on my Peruvian rainbow blanket, eating delicious vegetarian curry from the onsite cafe, feeling the sun on our skin and the breeze in our hair, shooing away the bush turkeys that wanted to share lunch with us. Talking, philosophizing, laughing. Feeling a deep gratefulness for the people and places in my life.
Last weekend, I breathed deep. Really breathed. And I felt a tranquility settle down into me, deep into my body and mind. (It was interrupted only for a moment when my friend said, “This is so serene” and in my mind I heard George’s father from Seinfeld yell, “Serenity now!” Ha! Crazy, monkey mind.)
I’m looking forward to going back soon.