One of the key components of Anna’s retreats is silent breakfast.
We rise when we wish and Anna is up. She is already there, prepared to nurture us with her organic, fresh, nutritious foods and with our custom juice blends.
And as we start our day together, we move in silence. We share the silence, quietly living in the same space for approximately two hours. Some of us read, others write. We eat and drink at our own pace as the time set aside elapses. When the moment has come for the silence to be broken, Anna lightly taps a meditation bowl with a copper wand, creating a gentle ringing sound. Still, we are all reluctant to break the silence. It has become effortless.
What this experience offers–after one gets past the initial trepidation–is meaningful, peaceful and surprisingly potent. No pressure to speak or interact, yet in the deep companionship of beloved soul-friends.
I’m grateful that my friend Anne-Marie captured the essence of our shared silence in this poem. Even more, she has given me permission to share it in today’s blog post.
Thank you Anna, Anne-Marie, Erin, Sheila, Bev, Lizzie, and Molly
This woman, Sarah Kay, made me want to memorize a poem.
And to fearlessly, passionately recite it for others.
Just like my nanny used to do.
And I have Gail to thank for this discovery. And Le Donne too.
What are the 3 things I know to be true?
You will understand the context for this question if you listen to Sarah and her TED talk.
1. Things always look better in the morning. They look even better on a sunny morning.
2. Love always overcomes fear.
3. No matter what happens to me in life—really, no matter what—I will be ok. I will still find a way to thrive.
And below–Beannacht–is perhaps the poem I will memorize and perform.
It seems fitting for today, with so many in mourning and surveying hard circumstances.
It is time for beannacht.