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is binn béal ina thost (irish saying) - silence is golden

Updated: Jul 1, 2022

A note from my diary on the retreat:

A homecoming.

Silence is a homecoming.

The first day on the first sit

Tears fell down my face

I felt home.

No one to impress, no one to be.

Not one should in my mind of who I must be.

Just being. A human being.

In stillness.

Dharma talks on the heart.

The Radiant Heart.

My heart cracks open.

Something no logic can explain.

A Rupture. A Release.

Mine has felt suppressed for a long time.

Waiting to be released from its cage.

Pain waiting to soften.

But the time has come.

To Let go.

You have the answers.

No one else.


—————“to be great is to go on, to go on is to go far, to be far is to return.” - Tao Te Ching —————

Spending a week in Karuna Centre in Monchique has been one of the most profound experiences I’ve ever had. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve left and I just can’t wait to go back to another silent retreat.

An Irish saying that kept coming up for me during the retreat was “Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán fein” which translates: “there is no place like home”. During this week in silence I felt this deep space in my body, my heart and my soul that felt like home. Silence is a homecoming. I felt in touch with my radiant heart and more connected to myself.

Thank you to Hamid for being such a powerful host. Leading without really leading but just inspiring us all through silence and your beautiful talks with so much wisdom. Thank you to Ana at Karuna centre for her delicious meals and to Helen for the daily yin yoga. And thanks to everyone who took part in this week of silence with me.

Thank you!

Leila Worth

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