“When human beings lose their connection to nature, to heaven and earth, then they do not know how to nurture their environment or how to rule their world—which is saying the same thing. Human beings destroy their ecology at the same time that they destroy one another. From that perspective, healing our society goes hand in hand with healing our personal, elemental connection with the phenomenal world.” - Chögyam Trungpa
As human beings we are inherently, naturally interconnected with our ecology. However, this is something that is often overlooked, dismissed, or even denied leading to great suffering. Sometimes our pain for the world can be overwhelming leaving us feeling helpless to create change.
A host of fears and spiritual traps might also keep us from experiencing this inherent connection. We may fear standing out, feeling guilty, not having enough time to act, or feeling powerless. We may distrust our own capabilities. Spiritual practices that focus primarily on the individual assuming that we must heal ourselves separately from the rest of the world might further contribute to the problem. And a multitude of distractions inherent in modern society can hijack our attention keeping us from communion with our inner knowing.
There are many ways that we might experience this separation and self-deception. As we deaden ourselves and disconnect from our truth we may impede cognitive functioning, empathy, inspiration and creativity, and eros. We may feel frequently tired, overwhelmed, lonely, or apathetic.
Reconnecting with life requires a bit of courage and tenderness, a willingness to let the world tickle your heart again. It also can provide immense pleasure, a renewed sense of purpose, vitality, clarity, and joy. So, how do we foster this reunion through our retreats?
We begin with practices that open our bodies, minds, and hearts while nurturing the resilience necessary to start and maintain this work. Somatic practices like Yoga, Meditation and Authentic Movement help us in recovering access to our entire self. Exercises from Joanna Macy’s “The Work That Reconnects” encourage us to directly participate in the reality of a world that is alive and inseparable from our individual self. Nature walks give us time to observe and interact with our surroundings. Art and Ecology experiences remind us of the beauty of nature and inspire us to reflect it in a myriad of creative ways. And our interactions with people who live, work, and create here give us a glimpse into lives that honour local culture, traditions, and the natural world while dispelling perceived differences across cultures.
Are you ready to reconnect, to be inspired, to again experience more of the richness of life?