Our next retreat is called 'The Hunger for Ecstasy' : some thoughts from Jalaja Bonheim -
" I wholeheartedly disagree with those who condemn desire an an obstacle to spiritual evolution. In my opinion, advising people to renounce their desires does them a serious disservice.
First, it simply doesn't work. I have witnessed at least a dozen spiritual organisations destroyed by sexual scandal. In every case, those involved were desperately maintaining the pretense of having transcended desire. Wherever desire is scorned, hypocrisy and deceit abound. Moreover in rejecting desire, we reject one of our greatest spiritual teachers. My own experience has convinced me tat f you follow your desire, it will take you on a journey, in the course of which you will gain immense wisdom, strength and compassion".
Life is a journey, or so they say around here. But what if life is a series of deaths and rebirths, not a linear travel event?
I am often struck by how many time I get caught up in " if I just finish this next bit of challenging work / dullness / difficulty, then my life will be 'on the right track'.
Instead, I find it more empowering to go along the lines of 'that part of my life is now decreased and now I have been re-born into something else which I am navigating with grace'!