The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness,
discipline and effort,
and being able to truly care about other people,
and to sacrifice for them,
over and over,
-David Foster Wallace This Is Water
I was provided the good fortune of spending the majority of this past summer at Deer Park Monastery in southern California. It was an opportunity for immersion; for building bridges and releasing my shells.
I learned much during this time, and in the next four posts I will aspire to communicate the essence of my experience by sharing a “Day in the life” from my time there. I find this style of writing to settle nicely between telling a story and sharing takeaways. The Plum Village day in the life has been the most viewed post on this blog, so either people are accidentally finding their way here by searching for Plum Village, or it’s a writing style people appreciate. Or maybe it’s both! :)
5:25am Alarm. Continue reading Day in the life: Deer Park 1/4
Arrive you have,
a journey made,
a distant trade,
you bring here.
A spark to catch,
you stroke the fire,
of true desire,
to lose the chains.