From an entry in my diary at the retreat in the Advent 2014, on what I am seeking:
”Falling still in order to speak on a backdrop of stillness; No Speaking without stillness, and yet: as long as I live here, no Stillness that didn’t speak! No movement without stillness, and yet no Stillness that didn’t move!“
As I conduct another seven-day Retreat at the St. Anthony House in Vechta in the Advent season of 2016, those
thoughts will be applied and put into action.
The Eight Finger Poses , held in stillness, will again be framing the day: We start it off holding them before breakfast, and end it holding them after dinner. Each morning and each afternoon, they will have another segment dedicated to them. Like last year, we ”let them extend into movement“ at the end of each sitting so that we stay supple with them, inside and out.
Movement will occupy more space than that, however. Each morning I will dedicate one segment to guiding participants in finding their own movement. I’ll seek out ways to allowing a movement to arise that isn’t meant to ”signify“ or show anything. It just occurs.
Lying down as we jumper cable ourselves during one segment each afternoon will further deepen our journey into softness and listening. I will gently be orienting and focussing our attention and perception.
The orientation of the entire Retreat is a descent into stillness. This stillness, in turn, wants to prepare and hold the space wherein to experience the New that wants to show itself. An orientation, then, to stillness without rigidity: an Aliveness that deepens as it becomes more still; a Stillness that deepens as it becomes more alive.
As in previous years, the retreat – when it isn’t silent – will be held in German, English and French.