Why Retreats Inspire Advances

Why Retreats Inspire Advances

In a world that typically encourages us to advance—subscribing to outdated conventional notions of progress involving some perpetual motion forward, onward, and upward to some where—the idea of a “retreat” can seem somehow regressive and unappealing, even conjuring images of defeat, escape, and failure. These associations, though limiting, are not unfounded. Indeed, the phrase “beat a retreat” arose during times of early warfare in which a drummed communication, a particular beat, customarily signaled troops on the battlefield to disengage from combat.

However, the essence of retreats—temporarily...

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Breathe with Awareness: Learn to Kiss Back

Breathe with Awareness: Learn to Kiss Back

Breathing is the liminal gateway between inner and outer being—the place where the life within and the life without meet. 

From the first inhalation to the last exhalation, every breath is an affirmation of life here on earth, each breath a microcosm of the eternal cycle of birth and death. We breathe life in, we breathe life out, living through the inspiration and expiration of each and every moment...

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