2:55 p.m. - 2006-07-12
I got an email about Kripalu (a yoga retreat center in Lenox, Mass.) today. My aunt in Mass. sent it. She's been going there for years for regular classes. There were a couple of retreats that she thought I'd be interested in.
Internal Family Systems:
Richard Schwartz’s Internal Family Systems (IFS) model provides a safe, sensitive way to help you access the Self and bring the natural compassion and confidence of that state into your life. People who have used the IFS model report profound shifts in the feelings and beliefs that previously tormented them, noting that as their lives became more Self-led, they were able to find increased harmony not only within themselves, but also with family, community, and planet.
She is a wise, intuitive woman. She's actually the one who got me into yoga in the first place. She's my favorite relative. My mom hates her. Go figure...
I think the first one would be good for me. I definately have issues with combining sex and intimacy and love. I can have one or two together, but not all three. Or at least, I haven't managed it yet. Sex is so easy and fun when you don't love the person you're with, and don't reach that sacred level of intimacy. I loved H, but we weren't in love, and we weren't intimate, so it was OK. I was infatuated with Max, but we didn't love eachother, and we were only slightly intimate, so it was OK. I love my northern friend, and we're very intimate, but we haven't had sex so its OK.
But I'd really, really, really like to have a relationship with a man that combines all three and ties them together. I have become so adept at segmenting emotion, physicality and spirituality that I have no idea where to start.
The second one, though, I feel like I've already accomplished.
But, there are many, many other programs that look cool, like:
The Buddhist Path of Rebellion:
In this weekend workshop of meditation, teaching, and discussion, Noah will speak about both positive and negative forms of subversion of the dominant paradigm and elucidate the Buddhist path of wisdom and compassion that leads to freedom.
Meditation instruction will be offered in this program that is both a solid introduction to Buddhism and an opportunity for experienced practitioners to deepen their awareness and kindness.
Though these are classes offered on this year's schedule, I might make a point of saving some travel dollars next year to do a trip or two to Kripalu. They have top notch teachers.
And there's my happy entry for the day.