Ashley Henderson, LCSW
If we stay open in meditation, we can’t help but come into contact with our fragile places. This may be why we are intimidated by silent retreat. We intuitively know the inevitability of this contact when we are not distracted.
Allowing ourselves to not only touch into our most tender places but to sit and stay with them is powerfully healing. We give ourselves permission to feel, to surrender to the shame, the grief, the anger, the panic, and we simply stay, witnessing, experiencing what has patiently been waiting for our attention. And when we stay and feel and witness, a love arises on its own to hold us there. We can feel a loving presence that reassures us, that says yes, yes, here. And then at the center, at the heart of the pain, we discover our power, our joy, our freedom that was trapped there. A return to deep knowing, unconditional love, an anything is possible heart opening. This is our power. This is the reconnection to self that always calls you back to you.
As we practice this and realize that our true power lies in the core of our fragility, we begin to go there willingly. We begin to see our emotions as guides, as portals to deeper healing and freedom. We can relax more into Life rather than contracting or resisting. We can even be excited by this journey, wondering what may be revealed next that will send us deeper into the truth of who we are. What an incredible gift of being embodied that we get to keep waking up to this truth. Everything we have ever wanted is right here in the center of our most vulnerable places.
Is retreat calling you? Are you ready to connect more deeply to your true power? Join me in November for a deep dive into the truth of your being. More information at www.mountainmeditationgroup.com.