From my screen porch . . .
In January of 2011, I was fortunate to be able to attend a 7- day silent retreat focusing upon the practice of lovingkindness at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts. My teachers were Sharon Salzberg, Gina Sharpe, and Marc Coleman. They were absolutely wonderful. The experience of spending a week in silence was extraordinary for me. The week was particularly impactful for this Mississippi boy, since there was several feet of snow on the ground and I was able to allow my introvert to settle into the winter stillness as if I were enveloped in a safe and loving womb.