Leaving the world behind
Posted August 28, 2008on:
It’s weird to think that next week I’ll be retreating completely from the world to learn Vipassana meditation. And when I say completely, I mean just that. No cell phone, no computer, no television, no books, no newspapers, no radio, no talking. What will the world look like when I return? During that time, we will once again honor 9/11, the Republicans will have their convention, gas prices will do whatever it is they are going to do, Gustav will likely blow itself out after wreaking whatever havoc it must, and generally the world will go on.
It’s a strange concept of retreating in a world where most of us are so completely plugged in some way throughout our waking hours.
Then I think about what retreat means.
1.a. The act or process of withdrawing, especially from something hazardous, formidable, or unpleasant.
b. The process of going backward or receding from a position or condition gained.
2. A place affording peace, quiet, privacy, or security.
3.a. A period of seclusion, retirement, or solitude.
b. A period of group withdrawal for prayer, meditation, or study: a religious retreat.
I will be withdrawing hopefully from unpleasant ways of dealing with the world around me. I am going backward so that I can move forward again in a new direction. I will be in a place that will offer me quiet. I will essentially be in seclusion from the world. And I will be with a group of other people seeking the same thing, to learn the meditation technique.