This year the cat made me stay at home for this new year celebration period, so I took the opportunity to make my own solo-retreat at home during the weekend. I was very much in need of this, as in these past weeks it’s been really hard to maintain a minimal level (according to my standards) on spiritual practices. So, it’s easier just to block some time out and do it intensely, with the hope to get it back!
It was much harder than I thought it would be… it’s unbelievable how quick the mind can go down and loose its discipline and inspiration, and how hard it easy to get it back on track… the first day was so incredibly difficult I can not describe it… but a picture is worth a thousand words:
This is what it looks like to attempt to get back the control of your mind :P Anyway, it was an excellent reminder on how important it is to maintain discipline and some basic rules, if we don’t want to loose control. (I wrote about that with more detail here: do we need rules in spiritual practice?)
A good thing was that I had dedicated time to read and write! So now I have plenty of inspirational material ready to be published in the coming days :) (not here, but there)
Besides all that, welcome to 2013! And here’s the best advice-of-the-year I read and will try to follow as much as possible
After you eat, wash your bowl.
Last but not least, new theme for the blog. Yes, in case you didn’t notice, it’s a different one! More readable, but keeping 100% of the simplicity ;)