Today we would like to share a message with you about sobriety.

Most people have two associations with the word "sober." One is about not drinking, or not being intoxicated. The other is being serious, with a connotation of being dour or in mourning.

We invite you to add a layer of meaning to the word "sober." Imagine a clean, well-lit room. Like a monk's cell, it has bare walls, one simple bed, and a desk with a chair. As soon as you enter, you feel a sense of peace and serenity. This room will be your home away from home. It is your retreat when you need to calm your mind, think, pray, meditate, and contemplate.

Somewhere else, people are driving cars or shopping or doing business. Your business right now is to settle in to this room and begin your practice. Give yourself a moment and close your eyes. Inhale and exhale slowly a few times. When you open your eyes, imagine yourself looking around with real appreciation. You have everything you need, and yet it seems so little. This simplicity will help you focus on what is truly important -- the movements of your soul.

How is the atmosphere on retreat different from that of the outside world? When you leave the retreat and go back to your daily life, you can bring that silence and simplicity with you, to support you as you meet with confusion and noise.

We recommend sobriety for the growing soul. By this we mean protection from all toxic influences and a regular retreat into the inner world where you have everything you need.

With love,

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