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Noble Silence

Noble silence is observed during the retreat. This is very healing. We allow the silence and the calm to penetrate our flesh and bones. We allow the energy of the Sangha and its mindfulness to penetrate our body and mind. After the evening activities we go back to our dormitories slowly, aware of every step. We breathe deeply and enjoy the stillness and the freshness. We can stay alone outside with the trees and the stars for about ten minutes, then go inside to use the bathroom, to change and go to bed right away.

Lying on our back, we can practice Deep Relaxation until sleep comes. In the morning, we move mindfully and silently, taking time to breathe, to go to the bathroom and then proceeding right away to the meditation hall. We do not have to wait for anyone. When we see someone along the path, we just join our palms and bow, allowing him or her to enjoy the morning the way we do.