As the days are at their longest, let’s spend at least one of them doing very little, resting body and mind in simple being. How would it be to relax into this day with nothing to do and nowhere to go, nothing to achieve and nothing we can possibly fail at? Can we let ourselves go ‘off duty’ and yet remain present, curious? This way of simply being can be deeply nourishing and restorative—and yet before long, something usually comes along in the mind that announces itself as ‘important’ to be considered, worked out, fixed… So the practices, as well as the presence of others, can invite us out of our usual doing mode and drop into being again and again, immersing into the stillness or movement of that very moment. As the timeless advise from the Buddhist master Tilopa goes:
Let go of what has past,
let go of what may come,
let go of what is happening now
don’t try to figure anything out,
don’t try to make anything happen…
Relax, right now, and rest.
So, you’re warmly invited to join the retreat day in the bright studio and peaceful garden of the Salisbury Centre in Edinburgh. We will start at 10am with taking a moment to hear how you are doing, and then ease into silence and practice, until returning outward again at 4pm. The day will be spaciously filled with various moving and still practices, mostly guided but also leaving space for deepening into your own kind of silence. We will also have times to breathe in the fresh air of the garden around us, nourished by a vegetarian shared lunch in silence and replenishing tea breaks.
Date and location:
1 July in the Salisbury Centre – 2 Salisbury Road, Edinburgh, EH16 5AB
Times: 10am (doors open from 9.30am) till 4pm.
Please book by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org (or 07587 186024).
Please don’t let the costs get in the way of coming, if they’re a problem just get in touch!
Payments can be made by bank transfer to CM Janson, account 00744146, 30-98-28, or by cheques payable to CM Janson, address 58 Thirlestane Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1AR.
Things to bring: some vegetarian food for lunch to share, a shawl or blanket to be comfy during any lying down practices, warm clothes for practising outside and your favourite cushion/stool if you like.