On Retreat in Mexico

A week and a half ago I returned from co-leading my first international yoga retreat in Tulum, Mexico with Anna Greenberg. It was an amazing week for all of us, that will reverberate out in our lives for sometime to come.  Fresh fruit, walking meditation, birdsong and waves to wake us and meditate to, sutra study, twice-daily asana, and 12 new friends.

As a memento of that week is a quote from Rilke that I read one class. Not only is it worthy of being shared further, but to be contemplated again and again.  I’ve always enjoyed the part of Alain de Botton‘s Atheism 2.0 TED Talk where he speaks about the value of repetition.  Among many other enlightening points he makes.

“I would like to beg you to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language.  Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” Rainer Maria Rilke

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