06 November 2014

You have to ride the storm to reach the calm water

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by Richard Cutting

Our first evening was with Burgs explaining the daily routine and the general form for the week ahead. Then we began ‘noble silence’. No talking, no direct eye contact, keep yourself to yourself, no reading, no writing, no books, newspapers, no nothing… I must have read the toothpaste tube a dozen times during those first few days.

Over the next seven days Burgs introduced us to meditation and chi kung, which is a complementary form of movement to get the energy flowing nicely. He guided us with specific techniques to settle down the chatty mind and in turn settle the restless body. It wasn’t easy after years of perpetual thinking, but I was committed and followed the instructions.


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