Here at New Life we participate in noble silence from 9.30 pm to 8.30 am. Taking quiet time to live in the moment helps us to identify destructive thought patterns, allows us the time to be ourselves, and trains us to better live in the moment. But these are not the only benefits.
We were pleased to invite Lori Ann Hitchcock and Joan McDonald to New Life Foundation to teach trauma releasing exercises (TRE) recently. In this interview they explain more about this unique, body-based therapy.
The New Life Winter Solstice Festival has gotten off to a great start, folks. By yesterday evening, the retreat leaders and festival guests had arrived, tents had been pitched, and supplies had been gathered, all ready for a big four days of earth building, dhamma practice, and dancing.
Once a week a member of the New Life community shares his or her life story. They talk about what brought them here: tales most often filled with pain, escapism, realisation, and finally, hope. Through sharing their personal history, the speaker is encouraged to find their own truth.
Everybody who comes to stay at New Life does kitchen duty at least once a week. Strangely enough, nobody seems to like cleaning pots…Nevertheless, kitchen duty working meditation is actually a great chance to learn some Thai cooking techniques – and practice some Thai.
“This is a place some come to when they’re falling,
Or, that’s how it was for me.
I’d hit the floor but there was a way to go (it turns out).
That way, I’m learning, is to let go, downwards into your hands. (…)” A poem: