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Ep #34 – Wisdom from a 10 day silent meditation retreat w/ Claire Bradshaw
In March I went on a 10 day silent vipassana meditation retreat in the Blue Mountains just outside of Sydney. It was all sorts of challenging intermingled with peace & quiet and incredible realisations.
After 100 hours of meditation; no talking, no eye contact, 2 meals a day and being awoken by a bell each day at 4am & no access to music, books, phones. I’ve got a bit to say about the experience! I talk about what I learnt and how the teachings apply to all of us and can really help in navigating this life for more health, peace and happiness.
Because after-all, happiness is an inside job.
There’s a beautiful quote by Pema Chodron that says ‘You are the sky and everything else is just the weather’. To sit and realise that we create our reality by the way we respond and react to life is both humbling and empowering. But it’s difficult to understand this logically with the mind, it needs to be a felt and visceral experience.
In this episode I intermingle the story of my experience with some real life day to day examples to help illustrate the learnings, mixed with some tips on how you can begin to experience some of this in your own life too.