Clear Sky Blog

What is it Like to Be Alone in a Cabin Retreat?

Being by ourselves in a solo retreat creates the opportunity for three important explorations or insights:

Alone in a crowd: We can examine the concept of being alone
Who is alone?: We can explore the fear of abandonment and death
I’m dancing as fast as I can: We can see our habitual patterns of avoiding connecting with our inner depth

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Are You Using Transitions as a Meditation?

Do you find it tough transitioning from your working day back into your home life? Or going into work on Monday morning after a weekend with friends and family?

It’s a whole other shift of gears to transition into the energy of a retreat center.

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How to not let negative emotions own you

After I’d done it, I realized that before, my ego had felt some sort of power and satisfaction from not wanting to do the task.

Does that resonate? How we randomly own a feeling and make it our reality, whether it feels good or not?

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Three Ways I Healed Deep Self-Doubt

Self doubt – it’s useless and painful.

Newsflash, though – since it is created by thinking a certain way, the good news is that it be changed. In other words:

It’s not necessary and can be transformed

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Mindfulness, Washing Up, and the Fear Of Missing Out

While it might seem relaxing to watch TV over a meal or think over something else while washing up, where’s the sense of FOMO for the present moment? When not fully present, we’re actually missing out on being alive in that moment, and missing potential insights that will lead to greater freedom.

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Blog: Mindfulness and Creativity

Creative moments, whether they happen as an individual or working with a team, are some of the most rewarding and enjoyable parts of our work.

Yet, it can be hard to be consistently creative, especially if we feel we are always running to deadlines and juggling a thousand things. So how can mindfulness help us bring more creativity into our work?

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Tips for Mindfulness in Daily Life (Part 1)

How can we maintain our ability to stay aware throughout the day, when so many things take our attention and we mostly run on automatic pilot? The modern word for this is mindfulness.

Here are some tips from one of our recent creative weekends.

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Why I started meditating – Dan

Dan O’Brien shares a little of his early story.
“For me…learning about meditation has been like being cooked in a slow cooker – in a good way…”
“Being open to the newness of the experience is often important, though it might be a challenge.”

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Why I started meditating: Richard

Currently on the Karma Yoga program at Clear Sky, Richard shares a little about how he ended up on the meditative path, from learning about Buddhism to embracing multiple practice techniques.

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Why I started meditating: Andy

If you meditate, what made you start? And if you’ve been trying to start, what’s motivating you? My depth knew that starting the path, of which meditation is part, would be life-changing (as indeed it has).

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Learning to Trust

Community – I guess for some people this is easy, yet for me it’s an area that I have struggled with for many years. It feels like climbing Mount Everest.

So, for a month, I pretended that my teacher hadn’t said what he did.

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