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Off on retreat'n'things for a fortnight
 
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yoxi
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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2006 3:51 am    Post subject: Off on retreat'n'things for a fortnight Reply with quote

I'm away to Norfolk for a week on retreat at Padmaloka, the buddhist retreat centre I used to live at for a few years (at bloomin' last! I haven't had a proper break for a looong time) - then 5 days on an introduction to psychosynthesis counselling training (oy weh - that'll be intense...) - and I've just got a new job (starting in July) as the Web Sales Manager for windhorse:evolution, a trying-to-be-as-ethical-as-it-can giftware importer with a mostly buddhist workforce in Cambridge, UK. It's all happening, in a happening-is-not-happening sort of way Smile

May your alphas not become omegas...

- Padmavyuha
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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2006 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have a GREAT retreat! Laughing

and thank you for this company information. As my Wife is a buddhist and I'm a taoist this looks like a good company to find products at. I appreciate finding good companies.

Best of luck in ALL your efforts.

Philip (That was Zen, This is Tao Wink )
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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2006 1:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LemonAid wrote:
Have a GREAT retreat!

Ditto from me Smile

Smokey

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yoxi
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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2006 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, gents...

Yes, back now and both the retreat and the psychosynthesis intro course were very valuable. It was great to spend a week in my old home, it's beautiful in May, as it's near a nature reserve and all that - and not many mosquitos in May! I've come back with a new thing to keep reminding myself, which is (rough translation): "Just as cotton is blown about by the winds, let yourself be blown along by your love of the teaching..." which means I need to lose weight, spiritually speaking Wink

As for the psychosynthesis course, I'm very happy with the place and the people, and what they're teaching - especially their "This is just a model, it's not a religion" approach. A very pragmatic approach to the integration of the spiritual dimension in psychotherapy, which is missing from most therapeutic models (i.e. it's not just about mending old damage - if you're unhappy it may be to do with your current relationship with the people/world about you, or with frustrated potential to evolve). So... this is definitely me committing myself to 4 days a month for the next 3 years to train as a counsellor, ye gods...

Now I'm gearing up for my new job, though *right* now I'm laid out with some kind of virus that gave me delirium, shakes and neck lumps since last night (no alcohol involved Cool)

- padmavyuha x
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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2006 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Erf...sorry to hear about the virus, though I'm glad that you really enjoyed the retreat. I just got back from a backpacking trip through Canyonlands myself and thankfully haven't come back with anything but a bit of a sunburn (which is lucky considering mice there may carry plague...).

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PostPosted: Tue May 30, 2006 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome back, Glad your time was interesting, and enlightening! Wink

As said in "The Tao of Pooh" (my hero grin) - Effortless Wandering is something to be desired. I think it's called "Walk About" down under. Laughing As for me, I think my call to lose weight is more like "Empty the cup to make room for more" (wildly ruff translation Shocked )

It's so hard to do the simple things in life - funny that. Took me several years to realize what " The Sage does no great things" meant. DOH!!

Psychosynthesis sounds very interesting. Let us know how this journey goes.

Sorry about the ... bug/virus/etc. BUT, Best of luck with your new JOB!!

Philip (Hoping to learn from "The Tao of Pooh" Wink )
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 3:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LemonAid wrote:
"The Sage does no great things"

As Groucho said, "Thyme wounds all heels..." - oh, and myself I'm working on "effortless wondering" - too much certainty turns my feathers into lead Smile
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, based on your recommendation, I tried putting some thyme on my blisters this morning but it didn't work Wink Too much walk about for me, esp. in new boots.

Psychosynthesis does sound very interesting and sounds like it's emphasizing self-awareness. "Know thyself" is a great dictum. It's also really nifty to see an approach that doesn't seem to deny the utility of the more visceral aspects of our nature (at least in my own shoddy online research...please correct if I'm wrong). Very interesting stuff.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 02, 2006 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to have you back refreshed and rejuvenated (well, except for that terrible-sounding virus--it almost sounds like being forced to run Windows Wink )

Hope you're feeling better soon Smile

Smokey

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