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Inner Joy – Being in Silence

Posted on: February 15th, 2020 by anurati2

I love Silence.

It is such a deep rest. To sit in Vipassana. Closing the eyes. Gently bring the attention to my breath. Doing nothing.

We are all so used to doing many things. For most of us, it takes some time before we can rest into doing nothing.

Meeting ourselves

In a silence retreat we stop talking with each other, we stop meeting each others eyes, we stop all body contact and communication through gestures. We turn off the phones and the computers.

We are available, only to ourselves.

It can feel as a vacuum the first days. Many times restlessness comes up. The habits of doing, of talking and of taking in information – is ingrained in us.

And it can feel strange to not meet each others eyes, not smile to each other, not say hello. We are so used to give each other some kind of confirmation through these things. «I like you», «you are ok», «do you like me too?”.

To suddenly stop all that, can be almost a shock. Some times feeling so alone. Even rejected. «Why doesn´t anyone smile to me, see me?»

The silence of snowflakes falling

Dharma Mountain in January. is magical. The snow a pure white duvet, covering everything. The starry sky so vast above us. The silence is so silent, you can hear each tiny sound. The spoon in the tea cup. The gentle footsteps.

To sit in one´s own company, can be a pleasure, and it can be a challenge.

When the Silence is so silent, and the thoughts sounds so loud. It can feel like the thoughts are yelling. You are surprised the other people in the room cannot hear them. Maybe you never heard them like that before. Maybe you never noticed it before. Normally, in our daily life, there are so many sounds, so many voices that takes our attention.
Many times I have heard people saying; «I didn´t manage to meditate, I couldn´t stop the mind».

My guess is; none of us “manage” to meditate. If we try to fight the thoughts, they yell even louder.

The simple beauty of Vipassana

The simple magic of vipassana is this; Just gently bring the attention to your own breath. Watch the breath coming in, going out, coming in, going out.

The breath always happens in the present moment, it doesn´t wander here and there, to the past and the future, like the thoughts do. The breath is Now. Therefore it can be used as an anchor, to bring our attention back to the moment.

So let the thoughts come. And let them go.

The habit is that we follow the thoughts, we go with them, into dreams or worries for the future, or into memories of the past.

Everytime you become aware that you drift away with the thoughts; just gently bring your attention back to your breath. Coming in, going out.

Be patient with yourself, friendly.

A new friendship

Sooner or later the thoughts slow down. They are still there, they do what thoughts are doing. But the Silence is vaster.

Our attention has changed; from first noticing only the clouds, gradually we become aware of the vast blue sky behind the clouds. The clouds are always drifting, always changing. like thoughts, they come, and they go. The sky is always here, always still.

Embracing Everything. Just watching. Like Silence.

Then. These golden vipassana sittings. The luxury of sitting in your own company. No-one asking anything from you. No-one wanting anything from you. Just sitting, with this beautiful new friend; YOU.


Written by Savini
“In January we had the vipassana silence retreat «Inner Joy» in Dharma Mountain. I was fortunate to be part of the team who planned and facilitated it. “

Photos: Dharma Mountain retreats


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Vegetarian Bolognese

Posted on: November 1st, 2019 by anurati2

Spaghetti bolognese is a true Italian classic, and this one is without meat 🙂

4 servings:

Spaghetti:
360 g

Tomato Sauce:

160 g onion, chopped
50 g celery, chopped small
160 g fresh tomatoes, chopped
320 g canned tomatoes
16 g garlic, minced or processed small
100 g carrots, processed very very small (like minced meat)
200 g aroma mushrooms, processed very very small (like minced meat)
100 g minced soya protein
olive oil, salt and black pepper
basil, oregano, thyme, bay leaves
soy sauce (to marinate the minced soya)
Parmesan (to sprinkle on top or to mix in the pasta, or both)

How to make it:

Pour boiling water and some soy sauce over the minced soya; mix it well and let it sit.

In the meantime, start to make a tomato sauce: saute the onion; add the celery and saute a bit more. Add the tomatoes; season with salt, pepper, any herbs you want to use (basil, oregano, etc) and let it simmer for some time. If you find it too acid, add a little bit of sugar.

Fry/wok the carrots well, until they lose their sweet taste. Add salt and garlic to them when they are almost ready (so that the garlic doesn’t burn) and then add them to the tomato sauce.

Fry/wok the mushrooms (adding salt at the end) and add them to the tomato sauce.

Let the sauce cook with the carrots and the mushrooms for some time, so that the flavors mix.

When the sauce is ready, squeeze all the liquid from the minced soya with your hands (or put it through a sieve and press it down).

You can add the minced soya to the tomato sauce and then mix this with the pasta. Or you can mix the soya with the pasta and then pour some sauce on top.

Sprinkle with Parmesan. You can also mix the cheese in with the pasta.

+ we also decorated with oregano from our garden.

Enjoy!!!

 

 

 

Carrot Oat Bake

Posted on: September 27th, 2019 by anurati2

When carrots meet crunchy nuts…bliss is almost certain…


This is what you need:

Dry Ingredients:
200 g rolled oats
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground cardamom
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp sea salt
1-2 tbsp liquid honey
200 g grated carrot
a handful of raisins

Wet Ingredients:
2 organic eggs
500 ml oat milk or other plant milk

Crunchy top layer:
4 tbsp maple syrup or honey
2 tbsp coconut oil, at
room temperature 
150 g walnuts, pecans 
or almonds, or a 
mix of these 
80 g sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds

 


Let’s start:
• Preheat the oven to 180°C. 
• Grease a 20 x 25 cm baking dish with coconut oil. 
• Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl plus the grated carrots and raisins. Mix lightly.
• In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, add the milk and whisk to combine. Add this to the dry ingredients and mix it all together. Pour into the baking dish and spread out evenly using a spatula.
• In a small bowl, mix the nuts, seeds, sweetener and coconut oil, so the nuts and seeds are coated in the liquid. Sprinkle over the oat mixture and put to bake for 25-30 minutes.


Tip: 
Serve in bowls – a little sweetened cream cheese is a nice addition, but it tastes great on its own too.


This recipe is from our breakfast cook book “Wake Up – Fresh Morning Recipes”
…but this bake can also be served later in the day 😉 

Want the book? Buy it next time you come to Dharma Mountain. Or send us a mail and we can send it to you in the post.

 


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Pearls under the Full Moon

Posted on: March 22nd, 2019 by anurati2

The world is an oyster.

Pearls are growing

inside.

Let go –

and let them shine

under the full moon.

 

Almost midnight. I sink deeper.

Into a maw full of cold dark water.

Naked. There is nothing to hide.

A kiss. A soft touch. Bliss

is floating in the river

of love

under the full moon.

 

All trees, including me,

standing rooted in the snow.

A circle of eyes watching in awe

the birth in slow-motion.

Hair and leaves dance in the wind,

swaying softly back and forth, we are

spellbound

under the full moon.

 

Treetops bite like black teeth

into the violet sky.

Five furry pairs of ears listening

to the white silence.

Breath is breathing me,

surfing on the runners of the sled.

Six hearts united in relaxation.

All boundaries are gone

under the full moon.

 

Poem by Rachana

Photo by Raahi 

 

 


Rachana150H_02Rachana loves trees and snow and dogs. After long travels she now lives in Hedalen. Being a sannyasin gives her the love and the energy to be creative and make life more beautiful.

 

 

 

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The mind is like a teenager

Posted on: February 1st, 2019 by anurati2
The mind is like a teenager, 
living in my house. 
Always restless and grumpy. 
Always looking for his phone.  
Occupied with his friends’ opinions 
and how to be seen. 
Creating a mess around him 
and complaining about it afterwards.
 
The belly is so wise and quiet. 
Not saying anything,
not being disturbed. 
Just sitting
waiting patiently for the rascal to grow up.
 
Sometimes he is out running with his friends.
Then the belly enjoys so much
the silence 
and spaciousness spreading in the house.
 
Oh belly, oh belly! 
 
I want to curl up in your soft lap 
and rest forever 
in your quiet embrace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

written by Leena in a letter to Swaha during one of Swaha’s Retreats.

Photos from Unsplash: Teenagers on street by rawpixel; The Koala by Chris Saur.

 


LeenaNyborg Leena is a writer. She also works in the kitchen in Dharma Mountain. More about Line (Leena) Nyborg: www.linenyborg.no  

 

 

 

 

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