A Pause for Reflection

Peggy McPartland

Tomorrow I leave for France. Finally. After all the planning and waiting, I’m really going.

I no longer have a home or a job and have very few belongings. It’s very freeing – although I do wonder whether at some point it’ll really hit me that I don’t have anywhere to go back to and I’ll feel a sense of loss rather than freedom. But right now, it feels right.

I’ll be spending the next two months at Plum Village, a Buddhist monastery and retreat center outside of Dordogne, France. ┬áThe center was founded by Thich Nhat Hanh, a respected Zen master, poet, and human rights activist, who was exiled from Vietnam in the 1960s. I’m honored to learn from such an incredible teacher.

I find out a lot about myself in meditation and silence. I’m looking forward to the insight and balance that will come with concentrated mindfulness. I’m grateful to have this time for reflection and know it’s the perfect beginning to the next phase of my life.

I’ll be taking a break from Midlife Passion during the next few months. I’ll be rethinking the process to get clear on better ways to empower others to live life on their own terms. I want to recreate the site and make it more dynamic and creative. As I move further into my journey, I want even more to help others remember the truth of who they are and to find the joy and spark that’s quietly simmering and waiting to come to life in each of us.

Until then, I hope you’re able to reflect, experiment and find ways to bring joy and passion into your life.



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7 Responses to “A Pause for Reflection”

  • JoannaNo Gravatar Says:

    Sounds like a wonderful journey..especially the retreat. I’m trying to practice mindfulness and meditation too in my busy “husband, teens, house, job, possible sabbatical travels, etc. etc. life”. Although I can only eek out several minutes a day at it, I’m hoping it will change my life too. Small steps at first, I guess. Love to catch up with you several months from now..again, enjoy every minute of your new life :)

  • SteveNo Gravatar Says:

    May a warm wind fill your sale. When you return it will be to the relationships you cherish no matter where they are, not an anchor of houses and stuff.

  • Maggie DodsonNo Gravatar Says:

    Well, this is it, Peggy; enjoy your first two months on the road in quiet meditation. You should be really chilled by the time we catch up in June or July. Since you will be creating a new blog be sure to let me know via email where you will be in June in case I can make it to where you are then. I will be away in Dakar, Senegal for the next two months so we should have plenty to talk about anyway! I feel sure you are going to have a magnificent experience multiplied many times, in your new life. If you feel like talking in the meantime please email me at the address you have here, I will love to hear how you’re getting on.
    Bon Voyage, Peggy. X
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    • Peggy McPartlandNo Gravatar Says:

      Maggie, I’ll be in Spain most of June with a few day side-trip to Morocco. I’ll be in Portland in July for WDS. Let me know if you’re able to connect up. It would be great to see you and I’d love to hear about your travels!

  • Randy AbramsNo Gravatar Says:

    Hi Peggy! Let us know when you are in Portland. Carol and I would love to catch up. We’re only 30 miles from Portland. Happy happy travels!

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