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Is Going on Retreat Worth It?

By Katharine Kaufman // Have you ever attended a retreat? You know when you’ve been indoors for a long time and walk outside and the wind comes up gently and you look up. Although you know about wind and you’ve experienced this many times, it’s new. The moment—it gives itself. The bustle stops. The buzz stills. The commotion, argue, the race. The day is simple with spaces around the edges of things on purpose. You get to unravel and be yourself for yourself. The Zen folks call it, “Way Seeking Mind.” The mind seeks its own way. You arrive at the practice space frazzled or disillusioned, mildly distracted, revved up, and you go along. Nothing has been built really or progressed. Some time in the late morning, maybe after Yoga while you write a note to yourself, you notice you’re really there. Maybe you’re briefly satisfied. Jois de vivre. Retreat is kind of underneath. Always going on. Impossible to find just by saying so. Not much happens. You move, stop, write, eat, walk, sit, drift …