I just got back after a week-long Texas trip and year 6 begins on Monday. But I hate this down-time right before the start of a sememster. It drives me "cray cray." I just want to skip to the inevitable: the torture. Thankfully, NOW I can see past the torture to expect progress and growth. So that's what I patiently wait for. I suppose that comes with experience because for the first few years I used to feel a lot of anxiety on my way back to the mountain. Institutionalized I guess.
I think I'm still on a high from the summer seminars. Some will say it was the best summer-seminar-season to date and I think I would agree with that. I saw a lot of great camaraderie and willingingness to "empty one's cup." Don't get me wrong the work load is demanding but there are moments of light to keep me trucking-on. A BIG thanks to those who show appreciation and those who step in to help us out. The summer is six weeks of back-to-back-back seminars where people fly in and out on Fridays with a new topic starting every Saturday. It screws with the head if you're used to a Monday-Friday work week. That's why I say that in the summer Saturday is the new Monday and Friday never comes.
If you have never seen the movie Waking Life, get it and watch it. When I experience those few moments of light I feel like I am that kid in the movie. He just floats from scene to scene and has these insane, colorfull, thought-provoking conversations with random strangers. So I like to float around when I get a chance because many of the guests that visit are professionals in there own fields. If I want to learn something I go right up and ask.
People's interest in training at the Retreat Center just seems to grow and grow each year. 30 people have reserved spots for next summer seminars; and for the regular training period (fall and spring) people are wanting to sign up for a year at a time - that's new to us because most stay for a couple of weeks to a month.
Note: those wanting to live and train here for a full year are encouraged to come for a month to test it out. Then it's suggested they make a more-informed decision within that time.
Enjoy this scene from Waking Life
more to come