6th January 2022
Nanpantan Hall Retreat 2021 by Sam Hall
Back in August of this year I attended a 5 day silent retreat run by the wonderful couple behind Mindfulness Unleashed - Suryacitta (aka The Happy Buddha) and Gaynor - wife, chief organiser and creator of delicious meals. It was an opportunity to go even deeper into the silence for an extended period within a community setting. We connected at a level which required no language as we shared a love and curiosity of the present moment. Open to all which would arise and fall in that held-space, discoveries were made, lessons were learned, tears were shed - whether for what needed to be released or simply for the intensity of gratitude in a given moment didn't matter - the beauty of being comfortable with the unknown - it just is what it is! The peace and stillness I was left with at the end of the week has settled within me - anchoring the resilience which grows with the ever-increasing periods of observing with an open heart and noticing with neutrality. If we could all slow down, be quiet awhile and connect in this way there really would be world peace! 'They say I'm a dreamer .....' well now I've experienced I'm not the only one!
Below is a poem I wrote about the silence - The Stillness of Silence - which I was invited to share with the group one evening during meditation and one which I wrote whilst experiencing the silence - Nanpantan Hall.