"We'd thought you'd float in in lotus position," a friend greeted me on my return to work after a month of retreat.
"You must be so relaxed," another co-worker said to me later.
"So, have you moved up a level in Buddhism?" my mother asked.
But what happens on retreat is none of that. It's internal -- indescribable and ineffable. You see what you hold onto -- and in a longer retreat, you can work with that. Maybe you can let it go, relax into that space of neither holding on nor pushing away, and rest.
And then come back to your worldly life and find that space is there too. Things are the same and different, and that's fine.
Noticing the space around people and things provides a different way of
looking at them, and developing this spacious view is a way of opening
oneself. When one has a spacious mind, there is room for everything.