I found attending a 3 day silent zen meditation retreat (my first!), in which I spent approximately 10 total hours sitting on a cushion staring at a wall, and 2.5 hours walking in circles, is not unlike giving birth. There is grueling soul work involved, it makes you physically sore*, you are never quite sure when it will be over and it takes you to the brink of how far you think you can go. But when it is done? When it is done, you are transformed, you have grown immeasurably and you would not trade the indescribable experience for the world.
Many thanks to my teacher Maezen, for showing me my life, helping me to be awake for it and teaching me benevolence, compassion and love.
If you want a taste, join us face to face for a weekend in Paradise in June at lil omm.
*Clearly, giving birth is a much more physically rigorous endeavor, but it's amazing how sore your hips, neck and shoulders can be from just sitting upright!