The journey to the centre of the universe is not 20,000 leagues under the sea, nor is it 50,000 miles to the moon.
The greatest journey is the one where we travel through our own inner landscape. Nelle Morton says, "the journey is not much a journey ahead, or a journey into space, but a journey into presence. The farthest place on earth is the journey into the presence of the nearest person to you."
I would add that sometimes the farthest journey is the journey into our own presence. We are often fragmented, our attention scattered in this fast-paced culture where distractions abound, pulling us outwards. Every sense is stimulated and hyperstimulated in the quest for the 'best', the best food, the best house, the best job, the best movie, the best book. We are urged to pack the most into the least amount of time, whether we are rushing to read our emails, our blackberries, our laptop, the TV, radio commecials...we are bombarded from without.
The journey into presence implies being in stillness, finding our ground, our root, sitting with the question, letting the answers come from within.
I am very pleased to be offering a day-long retreat on Sunday Jan 31, in Hudson, called Journey into Presence. It's my favourite thing to do for myself, take some quiet time to unplug from the outside world, play some soothing music, light a candle and write in my journal.
I invite anyone in the Montreal area reading this blog to send me an email for more information.