Facing my dragons
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Kristen
September 2013
Contributor
Written by
Kristen
September 2013

“’Staying real’ is one of the most courageous battles we’ll ever fight.” ~Brené Brown

 

Andromeda by Toshiyuki Enoki

A couple of weeks ago, I went on a three-day silent retreat called Befriending Dragons. Through the course of many hours of meditation, repetitive sessions of chanting, journal writing, mandala making, and Shamanic Journeying, participants were drawn into the darker, often hidden parts of themselves – where the dragons await.

 

In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, which the retreat drew from, dragons awaken us from delusion, help us tap into creative potential, and give us strength and courage. They also represent the Shadow parts of our nature – what we are afraid of, ashamed of, deny, or have difficulty confronting and integrating into our lives. Although throughout the retreat I questioned if the practices were actually “working,” and guiding me into those dark corridors of the soul, it seems that what was uncovered during those three days continues to work on me in subtle, yet powerful ways... Continue

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