It’s a busy time here at ToDo, as we prepare for the start of our Spring Naikan Retreat.
Naikan is a profound process of self-reflection, using very simple and clear questions — what did I receive; what did I give; and what troubles did I cause.
During a Naikan Retreat, participants sit in a quiet space and apply those questions to the most significant people in their life, starting with their mothers from the time they were born, and continuing with fathers, siblings, children, friends, and partners. This process can soften your heart and transform your story in powerful ways.
Participants for this particular retreat at the ToDo Institute are coming from Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Oregon and California. And we are fortunate to have another Naikan guide helping out with the retreat, and she is coming in from Germany!
This year we would like to invite you to join the wave of Naikan energy that will be underway here during that week – from May 7th to the 13th. There will be no charge.
We will be posting a Naikan self-reflection exercise to our blog each day, beginning on May 7th. The theme of each day’s exercise will correspond to what the “Naikansha” are reflecting on at our retreat.
You can decide how long you will reflect each day, and whether you want to share your reflections or keep them private. We are in the process of setting up a bulletin board for those who do want to post their reflections (and even photos), or just follow along, and will send out a link for joining in a few days. The first day of the retreat is Sunday.
We’d love to have you join us. What do you have to lose, other than resentment, hard feelings, anger, self-righteousness, and a judgmental, critical tendency. What do you have to gain?
Give it some thought.
Please email me if you have questions — firstname.lastname@example.org .
Linda Anderson Krech, LICSW, is Program Director of the ToDo Institute and has been a frequent contributor to Thirty Thousand Days. She is the author of Little Dreams: A Practical Guide to Spiritual Parenting and has been teaching Japanese Psychology for over 20 years.