A very warm welcome!

Thanks for visiting this, my second blog! You can visit Heart and Soil to see what I get up to on our 40 odd acres of land in Exmoor, basketry, crafts and general things and stuff.

I thought I would start this blog off by doing a day by day diary of my 2008 solitary retreat. You can find my posts on the preparation for this retreat over at Heart and Soil on this link:

Many people have said to me that they wish they could do a solitary retreat, because 'they really need one'. That's why I decided to share one of my retreat experiences, to hopefully make going on retreat alone, a bit less mysterious and a bit more 'doable'.

Offered with much love for your continued happiness!

Solitary Retreat Diary

Please remember that in order for the diary section of this blog to make sense you should start from Day 1 and work your way through. At the moment the best way to do this is by using the labels list on the right.

I will compile a links list to make this easier when I have posted the last day... and when I have a minute!


Monday, 22 September 2008

Spiritual Background

Well, I suppose if I had to give it a label, I would say I have always been some sort of Pagan. Throughout my life I have been in awe of the seasons and my natural environment. When I was a child I used to pray to the moon to protect me, I don't know where I got that from, I just did it. That carried on into my teens when walking home late at night and I do it now too, with a very warm feeling in my heart like I'm talking to a trusted old friend. It makes me feel very connected to hen as a child, hen as a teenager and I can almost get the sense of an unbroken chain where we are all looking at the same moon, praying, at the same time.

All of my adult years were spent searching for a Pagan community that I felt comfortable with. Unfortunately I never have found one. Finally I settled on the practices and wisdom of Buddhism. However I mostly use the iconography of my environment instead of Eastern iconography. So perhaps I'm a buddhist pagan. The wisdom is all the same to me. As long as it is conducive to spiritual awakening then I'm in.

As I am deeply passionate about happiness my practice has to reflect that. Buddhism is a philosophy and practice that's final aim is for all beings to 'exist' beyond happiness. That's good enough for me. I am very interested to practice within the Shambhala community and will be exploring that in the near future. At the moment though I am finding myself consistantly practicing within the FWBO.

Choosing one path is hard but I think it is vital for true spiritual progress. So I am very mindful of not picking a bit of this and picking a bit of that to suit my tastes. I practice Buddhism, I go for refuge to the Three Jewels and I use my environment and culture to express and explore that.

So, there we have it. A bit of background.

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