Bald Mountain Retreat is an ideal place for recovery, recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, post traumatic stress disorder, etc., recovery of the physical, emotional and spiritual bodies. Our environment is itself a recovery retreat. Body and mind cleanse in the pure atmosphere. Recovery work best when one is immersed in the retreat's healing energy.
Recovery involves getting honest, leaving off the strategies of denial in favor of the unvarnished truth. The remarkable natural setting of Bald Mountain Retreat confronts one with raw nature, the environment's and your own.
Dr David (retired naturopathic physician) created the retreat at Bald Mountain to take advantage of the awe-inspiring healing energies of the site. Dr. David is particularly good at deconstructing the pretenses and games of the ego-based self to reveal the simple, often painful basis of being. Paradoxically, it is the remembering and forgiving of the pain that allows us to embrace the fundamental happiness of existence.
For more of Dr Dave's philosophy of healing please read or browse his The Poetry of Disease and read the excerpts below from Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron's book The Places that Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times
"We need to be told that fear and trembling accompany growing up and that letting go requires courage. Finding the courage to go to the places that scare us cannot happen without compassionate inquiry into the workings of ego" p.10
"The Buddha taught that flexibility and openness bring strength and that running from groundlessness weakens us and brings pain." p.10
"Openness doesn't come from resisting our fears but from getting to know them well." p.11
"The point is that we can misuse any substance or activity to run away from insecurity."p.11
"Each of us has a variety of tactics for avoiding life as it is." p.15
"When we don't run away from everyday uncertainty, we can contact bodhichitta [awakened attitude]." 15
"...I complained to Trugpa Rinpoche about having trouble with transitions. He looked at me sort of blankly and said, 'We are always in transition.' Then he said, 'If you can just relax with that, you'll have no problem.'" p.18
"Either accept our fixed versions of reality- or we begin to challenge them." p.19
"In vajrayana Buddhism it is said that wisdom is inherent in emotions. When we struggle against our energy, we reject the source of wisdom. Anger without fixation is none other than clear-seeing wisdom. Pride without fixation is experienced as equanimity. The energy of passion when it's free of grasping is wisdom that sees all the angles." p.29
"When we begin to train we see that we're pretty ignorant about what we're doing. First, we see that we are rarely able to relax into the present moment. Second, we see that we've fabricated all sorts of strategies to avoid staying present, particularly when we're afraid that what's happening will hurt." p.35
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