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May 15, 2023Liked by Renee Faber

A heavy post, indeed.

>"If you’ve ever trekked you know the challenges; the desire to quit, the fortitude not to, the sweat, the glory, the misery"

A teaching from Jack Engler recently landed with me which declared that meditation is a process of grieving.

Your words "it's a painful, breaking free of the rods of assumptions and beliefs that we inherited" and your description of the struggle with continuing practice is all real.

The rod in my eye: I admit to many that I appreciate monotony, I've even been actively seeking the calm of monotony for years, but it alludes me. I believed that it would allow me more time for self-reflection, more opportunity for intra-personal growth.

The lesson I've been painfully learning these last couple of years is in this teaching, that growth is only obtainable through change and challenge.

I feel I've known it all along, and have even shallowly shared this lesson with others and yet still failed (and likely will again fail) to truly grasp the depth of it.

Calm is not where growth occurs. It is just another form of mud.

Thank you for sharing your words of wisdom and commission with us ♡

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Phia, I always so appreciate when you offer your wisdom and experience.

Do you find monotony feels more akin to pressing the pause button more than experiencing calm? Your words are making me link the idea of calm with the idea of peace and how those two relate. And I love how you saw calm being another form of mud. Thank you for the inspiration to go deeper with these ideas. 😊

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I have never considered it to be a pause before, but seeing the juxtaposition of it against how turmoil enables growth helps me idealize calmness less.

Thank you for that :)

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I never considered it either until I read your words. That's why I love this comment section☺️

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May 13, 2023Liked by Renee Faber

Always your words are so powerful, making me stop, consider and now, ponder deeply for the day...

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I so appreciate you for always taking the time to ponder with me over this last year. I can't believe it's been a little over a year on Substack!

I am thankful for our writing connection, Alice, and always look forward to your beautiful offerings. Wish I could meet you in Portugal for the retreat🌝

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Purity is a human construct invented to polarise the world even more than it already is. Evocative piece as usual Renee 💜🌼

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This idea is so strange to me as of late. I am thinking purity is an attempt to externally fix what we feel is missing inside of us. Thank you for taking the time to read this rather dense writing. ☺️🌺

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Loved this especially the idea of a soul-trek: it’s never the destination but the journey.

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Thank you, David, for taking the time to ponder this with me. You're so right, soul-trekking is about the journey. And, I find I still need to remind myself of this often!

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I loved this, Renee! Food for thought as I head off to Mass to pray for my soul. 😊 No guilt... this lotus is rising! Blessings and peace to you!

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Thank you, Coco! I hope Mass was restorative and peace-filled today. ☺️

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Thank you, Hannah, for taking the time to listen! I appreciate you pondering with me😊

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