Today I took some liberties from my usual working day routines and played hooky with a fellow MKMMAer. We treated ourselves to a day at an outdoor spa in the mountains…a location where the 2010 Winter Olympics were held. It was an amazing day at a silence retreat….(although we shared whispered conversations more than a few times).
Midday we each read Og, because of course we had to bring him along to commit to our midday readings. As we read, it continued to snow and did so for the full day so we were in and out of fresh white fluff landing on our bathrobes and flip-flop feet. At one point my friend mentioned the sky and universe is coming down on us to connect us to the whole bigger world. Each snowflake connected us more to the universe and also to the surroundings of natural beauty, all around us…. wow a spectacular scene to enjoy for the most part of a day.
What was also wonderful was noticing the shapes…the tented yellow caution signs were triangles of course. And the flotation devices in case of an emergency in one of the oversized hot tubs, or worse still in one of the smaller NORDIC freezing tubs…they were perfectly round circles and mostly red. We watched the circular clocks so as not to make us late for leaving…and enjoyed the flavoured water with the perfectly shaped round orange slices. from the rectangular towels, to the seemingly rectangular waterfalls, wherever we looked, we were connected to a shape which was connected to something else of wonder and awe.
Doing our 15 min sits in a cozy solarium with a winter wonderland from every view, I could not stop thinking of our entire connectedness to everything else. It made me undo the engineering and construction of this amazing retreat and work backwards all the way to the original concept in someone’s mind….a concept only…of what can be. Then all the many many many steps and pieces of the plan would have to have come together to have created this place of silence, peace and wonder…..to have allowed today’s fresh snow to fall on all the places I got to enjoy while doing my sit, my read, and my own envisioning of what can be. Simply wow.