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A Lake Retreat-Attending a Quiet Life

We need nature not just for physical health, but-as importantly-for sanity. No week should be counted complete if does not include one or two minutes given over to the clouds, the trees and the streams: emissaries of perspectives, patience and introspection.

20151230144758_thkUw.thumb.700_0—from the Healing Power of Nature, The School of Life channel on YouTube

 The eager eyes searching for delicate, glowing stars at night are to be hindered by city light; the agitated heart desiring intimacy with a tree in wild is often preoccupied with sterile minds. Should walkers of lives, slow or fast, painfully hate the fact of going backward, or rather, the strikingly high, incidental costs that often ignored in a busy life[1]?

 

It is not surprised to learn that human’s intelligent productivity owes to a connection with nature. I agree with Holmes Rolston, the author of Philosophy Gone Wild, that

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life is one of nature’s projects, but it has flowed on so as to become one of our projects. We are the tip of an iceberg. We do dramatically emerge out of nature, but beneath the surface life remains nine-tenths natural.

Nature enlivens our imagination and creativity, leading to great accomplishments in human history. Being there and saturating the self in its sublime quietness, we forget the dispiriting sides of life, and let wash away the impurities of mind. I have been enjoying and valuing such a kindness from nature. Therefore, in my sometimes mind-blowing academic life, I strive to seize the balance between spiritual prosperity and individual development. Attending the Lake retreat in my department was one of the most rewarding experiences.

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Compared to the Dissertation on the Lake offered by the school of Graduate Studies, which is a five-days-four-nights stay besides the Elbow lake, our departmental lake retreat was a two-days-one-night journey. Thought it was short, it was productive. With 12 colleagues attended, we enhanced connections with each other, and enjoyed a night with refreshing air, bonfire and funny games. During the day, we spent 6 hours on the morning and afternoon respectively to write essays in a wooden lounge. The space wore in bright orange sunlight; lovely birds and a curious deer peered us through the big glassy window; the sound of rustling leaves, scurrying chipmunks and unknowable creatures loomed everywhere. But this vital space was not distracting; instead, it offered peace that enabled me to be more concentrated on my thought and my work.

20151107121357_C8Jeh.thumb.700_0The registration for the SGS Dissertation on the Lake will be available in April,

why not spot some good experiences through this opportunity?

Also the Dissertation Boot Camp is open for registration now. If you want to gain some substantial progress, try it, you won’t be disappointed :)

[1] In Praise of the Quiet Life, The School of Life channel on YouTube

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One comment on “A Lake Retreat-Attending a Quiet Life
  1. Colette says:

    Junyu
    Glad you enjoyed your Lake retreat. All to often as you mention we just work, work, work. The Lake retreat combines work and tranquility which is good for us. Remember everyone “all work and no play…”. We need balance in our lives to be productive.

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