After the first day of silence when we could speak the discussion at our table was about how silence can help the meditation process. I could see the girl next to me was becoming upset. She looked lost. When everyone left, we spoke. She didn’t feel she was getting the meditation. She felt completely alone. … Continue reading Day 160 – Scotland Meditation and Hillwalking retreat – ‘An unobstructed hero’
Today we didn’t do any hillwalking. I spent most of the day in silence. I haven’t slept since I’ve been at the retreat which I don’t really understand why as I have been eating healthy, exercising in the outdoors and meditating. We meditated three times today. I could feel emotions swirling inside of me making … Continue reading Day 159, Scotland -A rainy day at a meditation and hillwalking retreat – A corner of the Loch
Squelch, squelch went the sound of my boots in the long, wet grass. The clouds are dark and heavy and the wind is blowing. The wind swirls around me making my hair and raincoat fly filling my body with energy. The rain has made the Scottish landscape green and lush. I resist the urge to … Continue reading Day 156-158 – Scotland Hill Walking and Meditation retreat – I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in (John Muir)
I got excited on my way to the retreat when we passed the graveyard of Rob Roy MacGregor (1671-1734). He’s a legend in the area. Being here made me feel close to my brother who is named after him. Rob Roy Country is within the Stirling district. My brother’s name is Rob Roy Stirling! I … Continue reading Day 155 Scotland Hill walking and meditation retreat – Rob Roy Country
I arrived at the retreat hyped up on nature. Probably also hyped up on the scones, hot chocolates, fudge and the cake I quickly ate before arriving here! Excess energy was pulsing through my body. I found it difficult to keep still – not the perfect start for a meditation retreat! I’m sharing a room … Continue reading Scotland, the Highlands Meditation and Hillwalking Retreat – everyone suffers
I thought nothing could compare to the beauty and wildness of the nature on the Isle of Skye. In the highlands, you have to expect the unexpected. There are hidden treasures everywhere. Whilst this is peak tourist season you don’t have to wander far to find yourself alone in the beauty of nature. The mountains … Continue reading Day 153-54 Scotland, Fort William and Glencoe – expect the unexpected
The name Isle of Skye means ‘cloud island’. It lived up to its name. I got lost in the clouds. I woke to dark clouds, shadows and showers but within thirty minutes the sun appears through the darkness with its light highlighting the colours of the mountains and the clouds making pictures in the beautiful … Continue reading Day 151-152 Scotland the Isle of Skye – floating on clouds!
I had breakfast in town and when I returned to my air b and b my host had left for work. I had packed up everything and was ready I just had to brush my teeth. I heard the door click and then stood there paralysed – I had locked the key inside the room … Continue reading Day 150 Scotland – Searching for Nessie!
I languished for hours before I worked through the details of hiring a car to explore the Scottish Highlands. I paid for all the extras including comprehensive car insurance with no excess. When I went to pick up the car I was told that I had paid my money to a third party agent which … Continue reading Day 149 Scotland Highlands – Pitlochry and Inverness – getting lost
I caught the morning train from Lewes to London then a train to Stirling, Scotland. I left a wet and windy England to arrive for a beautiful sunny day in Scotland. My air b and b host was bursting with happiness and urged me to get outside and enjoy the 25-degree sunny day. As I … Continue reading Day 148 –Scotland, Stirling – My Castle awaits!