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Join us in the heart of your life

Remember what John Lennon famously said? « Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans. » And what Confucius said? « We have two lives. The second one starts when we realize we only have one. »

So if you want to stop making all those plans and realize your one and only life, join Wild Flower Zen’s Heart of Life retreat starting Monday April 11. You don’t have to go anywhere or do anything special (no planning necessary). Your life, just as it is, is the only place to be.

Just sign up at and then look for details in your inbox. A bientôt.

By | 2016-04-09T10:38:38+00:00 avril 9th, 2016|Textes|9 Comments

About the Author:

Enseignante Zen et poète, Sensei Amy “Tu es cela” Hollowell est née et a grandi à Minneapolis, aux Etats-Unis. Arrivée en France en 1981 pour étudier la littérature et l’histoire, elle y est restée, s’installant à Paris, où elle élève ses deux enfants et gagne sa vie en tant que journaliste. The Zen teacher and poet Amy “Tu es cela” Hollowell Sensei was born and raised in Minneapolis, but came to France in 1981 to study literature and history and has lived in Paris ever since, raising her two children and making a living as a journalist.


  1. margarida 12 avril 2016 at 7 h 48 min - Reply

    i´m in love…nothing is under control…breathing in…breathing out…letting thoughts come and go…so hard when you´re in love

  2. Nuno 11 avril 2016 at 22 h 52 min - Reply

    8:30 Alarm-clock sounds. 8:30!!?? The plan was 7:45. 9:10 Saw on facebook: “Relax. Nothing is under control. » 9:15 Boss calls: unexpected interns coming… at 9:00!! 9:16 Rushing through traffic. 9:17 Pretty lady on the sidewalk. 9:17 Nearly crashed. 11:50 Lunch plans canceled. 12:15 Improvised plan for interns completed. 15:30 A meeting full of secrets. 17:10 Parking next to a wagtail bird. 17:10 It doesn’t fly away! 17:11 Its tail wags, looking nervous, but it eats carelessly, looking peaceful. 18:10 Rain starts falling. 18:15 Going for group sitting. 18:52 Phone rings: unexpected invitation. 19:04 Zazen. 20:50 Dinner. 22:05 Zazen. 22:50 “Relax. Nothing is under control”.

  3. margarida 11 avril 2016 at 8 h 20 min - Reply

    gashô everyone…let´s continue to make love with life 😉

  4. céu 11 avril 2016 at 7 h 02 min - Reply

    Bom dia!!!!!!
    desculpem aquel@s que não entendem, ou ainda estão a aprender português…
    mas não é nada importante, neste caso, o significado das palavras
    o importante é estar aqui
    e a sensação de que o meu local de trabalho na natureza ainda me ligará melhor a tod@s vocês
    e às pessoas com quem vou trabalhar

    6:55 oiço os passarinhos numa algazarra lá fora, parece-me que vai ser um belo dia de primavera

  5. Tomas 10 avril 2016 at 23 h 04 min - Reply

    First sitting just before the retreat starts (or has it already started?….feels like it has!)
    Haven’t sat at night for a couple of weeks now, after so many sittings « interrupted » by a baby cry. Happened again tonight, I just smiled (never fails, sitting & baby cry). Cry stopped, false alarm, back to sitting. Fresh sensation (because of contrast with no sitting?) : just sitting, back to « no story », Everything so alive & awake in the sleepy darkness of the night. Stillness, then baby cry, then stillness, then dog suddenly barks at something, then stillness. Precious 🙂 better sleep, baby will cry again soon (the call for sitting?) baby-bell 😉

  6. Tiago 10 avril 2016 at 19 h 41 min - Reply

    I am very happy to be taking part in this retreat in the heart of life with you all. Bringing along the boyfriend, the clients, family/friends on Skype, the cracked porcelain on my bench and my own cracks. Thank you sensei for giving us the opportunity to practice deeply in our lives.

  7. Tomas 10 avril 2016 at 16 h 31 min - Reply

    So very happy to join you all again in a retreat « in the heart of life »! I am so looking forward to this one as I am bringing with me my wife Joy, our 1-month old son Maru, and Imonim who is living with us and sharing the every day wonders of taking care of a newborn 🙂 They don’t know they are also joining us all in this retreat, but they are, and I am so grateful for this opportunity for offering our family life this week to the intimacy of shared practice, and for offering this shared practice to the intimacy of our family life? Beautiful opportunity to « …come closer… » with family, life, you all, and the « 10,000 things » 🙂

  8. Alberto Pereira 10 avril 2016 at 0 h 38 min - Reply

    This is my first participation in this type of initiative. I hope to do it with a beginner’s mind, if I get it, it may not be just one more week to live. But something new to experience in my life.
    Thank you all for the affection they have given me in the last retreat in Portugal.

  9. Evi 9 avril 2016 at 19 h 12 min - Reply

    How marvelous to start next week with the quote of Confucious. From Monday on I will take care for those who are already living their second life because they are having a diagnose from which they will die soon. I always wonder if I already realized that I have just one life. It’s not that easy.
    This week, I hope to finish my book on intimate relationships with them – until the end of our relationships because of their death. This intimacy contains sadness and joy, vulnerability and humanness – I won’t miss it for anything else that life offers. To live it before I get the diagnose – and sooner or later I will- is their teaching as the manifestation of Buddha in the heart of my life, so I can realize that there is just one life – not just mine. Thanks, Amy, for getting us started with this reminder.

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