Retraites au coeur de la vie

/Retraites au coeur de la vie

novembre 2016

Heart of Life/Coeur de la vie: Day/Jour III

By | 2016-11-30T13:36:45+00:00 novembre 30th, 2016|Retraites au coeur de la vie|

I love the dying light of early winter morning today. I can't explain why. Maybe it's the rich paleness of it or the simplicity of its spareness. It's like the fallen red berries on my garden path: the fruit of life meeting its certain end. Now green tea at my desk again after brief sitting. [...]

Heart of Life/Coeur de la vie: Day/Jour II

By | 2016-11-29T11:01:12+00:00 novembre 29th, 2016|Retraites au coeur de la vie|

It's a new day. Thanks to all for your comments. Keep it up. And please don't forget to tell us where you are, what city or country or street or neighborhood... On my way home from sitting last night, in the bitter cold, I was reminded of a sentence from the late French writer Georges [...]

Heart of Life/Coeur de la vie: Day/Jour I

By | 2016-11-27T23:35:50+00:00 novembre 28th, 2016|Retraites au coeur de la vie|

Good morning from Montreuil. Quietly awakening here with some green tea and the cat, thinking of all you other retreat participants (those who signed up to join and those who didn't): We're all in this together. I like that thought. But wait a minute... Who is "we"? If I expand my notion of "we," where [...]

A perfect place to begin

By | 2016-11-27T16:57:00+00:00 novembre 27th, 2016|Retraites au coeur de la vie, Textes|

Sunday afternoon in Montreuil, overcast sky. Unlike this morning, when there was a brilliant sun illuminating the Place Jean Jaurès, which was filled with people buying bread, groceries, flowers, the Sunday papers, visiting the Christmas market in the chill. I was again struck by how different this neighborhood has become since I moved here 20 [...]

novembre 2012

Retreat in the Heart of Life, Day IV

By | 2017-04-04T06:58:15+00:00 novembre 22nd, 2012|Retraites au coeur de la vie|

No time until now to post here a Day IV "vehicle" (or perhaps "container" is a better word?) for today's flow of comments. At first, that seems like a problem: I'm not keeping up with the pace of the day, I'm leaving the participants without a space to share their experience. But then I think: [...]

Retreat in the Heart of Life, Day III

By | 2015-10-02T20:34:03+00:00 novembre 21st, 2012|Retraites au coeur de la vie|

Quick notes from the top of the morning... Occupied by a sore leg, mental agitation, differences of opinion, strife in Gaza and in little corners of myself, and then suddenly word that a baby has been born to friends, a girl, earlier than expected but all is well. The father says he is the "happiest [...]

Retreat in the Heart of Life, Day II

By | 2017-04-04T06:58:15+00:00 novembre 20th, 2012|Retraites au coeur de la vie|

With the first flickers of light in my eyes this morning, I begin my meditation by acknowledging all those with whom I share this retreat week. There are all those who have sent email confirming their presence. There are those with whom I sat last night. There are those in the house with me at [...]

Retreat in the Heart of Life

By | 2017-04-04T06:58:15+00:00 novembre 18th, 2012|Retraites au coeur de la vie|

"A Retreat in the Heart of Life" (Retraite au Coeur de la Vie) Date: Nov. 19-24 Place: Wherever you are Wherever you are, life is there! How could Zen practice be anywhere else? Take a plunge into the heart of your life just as it is. This is a superb opportunity to live Zen practice [...]

octobre 2012

Retreat in the Heart of Life, Day V

By | 2015-10-02T20:32:19+00:00 octobre 2nd, 2012|Retraites au coeur de la vie|

The day looks like this so far: breakfast, lunch, Skype appointment, laundry and dishes to wash, the rain outside, a cup of green tea inside, catching up with email traffic and administrative duties, now preparing to head out for the rest of the day elsewhere (not at "home," that is). I'm still reflecting on the [...]