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@karasti, This is the spot I had in mind,
Mt Tumbledown. It's the prettiest 3200 foot peak in Maine. With a small alpine lake! I'd have to go mid week in June to get the place to myself.
I've been thinking about that myself. Is your idea to do your retreat at home? That would be to distracting for me. I was leaning towards stuffing a backpack with a few simple meals, a tent and some tea. Head into the North Maine woods for 3 or 4 days. No internet of phone available up there. Bring a printed copy of a sutra or two...
A lot of those questions get asked at the dinner table in my house every evening. My wife and I probably try harder than most parents do to stay involved in the goings on in their teenage children's lives. Some of the answers over the years have been priceless.
"True at First Light" is the title of a Hemingway novel. Those words came to mind when I took this photo.
I would like to ad a personal note to this thread. About six months ago I decided to stop drinking alcohol. I wouldn't say that I was a heavy drinker, but I would consume some alcohol almost every day. Usually in the form of a glass or 2 of wine with dinner or a bottle or two of beer while doing household chores. I had two goals, relieve some stress on an already strained marriage and loose the extra 20lbs I've been carrying around for a while. I never thought that I drank enough to "cloud my mind". I was wrong. It's utterly amazing how much sharper I am mentally. I am much more skillful in dealing with people, my wife and children in particular. I'm not going to say that I will never drink some wine or beer ever again, but it will certainly not be on any sort of a regular basis. Now if I could get my wife to put down her god damned iPhone now and then...