My first visit to Morocco was in 2010. Based in Marrakesh, the main town square – Djemaa El-Fna (meaning, Assembly of the Dead) – was originally the site of public executions in the 11th century. Today the souks (winding narrow pathways within the Medina – the old walled city – all eventually connect to Djemaa El Fna. As I wandered through the souks I enjoyed the incredible colors, sights, sounds and smells from vendors selling rugs, spices, clothing, food, and something for anyone who is a lover of material goods. The thing I loved most about the souks and Djemaa El Fna was the easy escape from this beautiful but noisy world. A quiet souk pasage away from the commercial area provided an engaging respite. The Riad Monceau, where I stayed, was a quiet small hotel and retreat just a few steps away from Djemaa El Fna. Most cities in the USA – although not as exotic and engaging as Marrakesh – have also become an assault on the senses. The sad part is that the nervous system of most people has become so attuned to this perpetual state of noise and commerce that they continue this assault in their homes through the misuse of radio, television, the internet and other technology. Meditation offers a internal retreat. Once cultivated, the disciplines of mindfulness and meditation transport us into a stillness that’s available at all times and places. The ultimate retreat is the inward journey. The inward journey directs us to the wise navigation of our outward journey. Be still and know. Enjoy the journey.
anthony glenn miller
In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don’t try to control.
In work do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.
Chapter 8 – Tao Te Ching
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.