The joy of simplicity
A silent retreat is an opportunity like few others to deepen the experience of life. In the silence everything can be appreciated more clearly, including of course the noise. After a silent retreat it becomes absolutely evident that the most disturbing noise that disturbs my peace is the one I generate myself. Often we find ourselves reading in search of understanding, doing practices in search of liberation, or talking in search of understanding, but often, if these actions arise from discomfort or fear they end up becoming noise. And only in the absence of noise am I able to begin to truly listen. To listen to what is truly important to me. A silent retreat is an invitation to put everything aside and at the same time put everything in the center, but from a diametrically opposed perspective. Antoine de Saint Exupéry once said “Perfection is not achieved when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to take away”, and this is evident in this type of event, in which the truth is stripped away as you remove layers of “shoulds” and “wants”, as you become simple and enjoy the simple.
As this happens, it becomes evident that this character with his own name that is so important to me cannot offer me anything that I really want, because everything that really moves me, that really makes my moment extraordinary, happens when this character is out of the game, in perfect silence. And very often, the only way we find to let ourselves be enveloped by the silent magic is in a silent retreat.
Retreat & silence:
Two doors to the “Grand Suite”
Retreat and Silence are two ways to return to the truth, if we understand both concepts with the depth that honors them. A retreat, as we understand it in Liberation, is a space in which I move away from the daily inertia to approach the transcendental experience – even if it is through the most daily practices. Silence, on the other hand, is also an invitation to the depths of experience, to abandon our habitual way of living and perceiving in order to discover the intensity of subtlety. If we give ourselves the opportunity to combine the retreat and the silence and commit ourselves to both, we will necessarily be putting ourselves in the hands of a powerful experience. For true power, that which we long to feel, and which we falsify in so many ways, only emerges when it can, which is precisely when we stop substituting it with false powers, with thoughts of power, with powerful appearances, with circumstances that make us feel powerful. There, in the midst of the total innocence of those who feel no one, emerges the power of those who, because they do not define themselves, are everything. But sometimes it is difficult to recognize oneself in the song of a blackbird, or in a trickle of water, when I am repeatedly affirming who and how I am. Since we have learned that what works best for us is to make it easy for ourselves, we invite you to experience retreat and silence with us on one of these dates.