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The importance of retreat


The world has gone mad, a long, long time ago and we don't seem to able to reverse the process. At least, not fast enough. People continue to suffer, we continue to hurt, judge and abuse one another, we continue to destroy our wonderful planet. And we cannot take witnessing it either, our sense of humanity is so hurt, that we cannot stomach to look straight at our human mirror, so we look away. 
The importance of retreat
Instead, we incessantly stare at photoshopped, instagramed versions of reality where everything is fine, where everything is fake, in order to distract our selves a little bit from the enormous pain that we all carry inside, as we see the world where our children will one day live go to hell.

We feel powerless against our addiction to comfort and conformity and we all live our own version of the man who fell out of a building and keeps saying 'so far so good' as he keeps plummeting down to an inevitable death. Today I am fine, my kids are cute, my house is safe, my job is steady, my muesli is organic, my shower has a jacuzzi function. But we all feel this ominous sense of betrayal to our inner core intuition that natural goodness should be norm, that brotherhood, rather than exclusion, competition and corruption, could be our basic way to relate to one another. But we keep quiet, because if we speak up, who knows, we might have to settle for the regular muesli. And in our silence, children keep dying, wars keep getting funded, poor people continue to become homeless and deeply unhappy and disturbed bigots keep getting elected as presidents.

How long do you think we can keep this going? Europe is at the edge of economic collapse, America at the edge of civil unrest, Africa at the edge of famine and desertification, bees at the edge of extinction and the ice capes at the edge of a total meltdown. How long? A decade, a century? Not long, my friend. Not long. we must take action, yesterday. But how to take action when we do not know ourselves, when we do not know how our minds work, how to deal with our own emotions. When we feel powerless and ignorant as to what to do, when we feel divided, isolated and separated by the greatest hoax that ever existed, 'the survival of the fittest'.

How can the same mind that created all human suffering offer a solution to it? Not possible. We must first examine, understand and purge that mind, so that its tremendous power can be again unleashed, except that this time to offer solutions. Viable, intelligent solutions. How can a broken, hardened heart love the different, when it is in constant terror of it. Not possible, it must first heal itself and reconnect with its inherent warmth and kindness. It must first learn to love itself again.

So quite paradoxically, our first revolutionary action must be to stop taking action. To think independently, to reflect, to heal, to press the pause button to this mad race to nowhere and take a second, a day, a week or a year and re-establish priorities and objectives. We need to study ourselves, each one of us, and figure out what and where went wrong. We need to muster the courage to bend the trend and confront this ancient fear based system with a love so strong and determined that its power will be undeniable, unmistakable, that its flame will burn this useless hatred to ashes.

If you see this imperative necessity as clearly as I do. Do it. Take time. Think. Feel. Find you heart and you mind. In the forest, in the library or in a monastery, it doesn't matter, but find yourself, before is too late. For a while you will be scared, you will be alone, but soon you will realise that I am there, and with me many, many more, to hold you when you fall. 

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