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Set Me Free: Stories Of Personal Exodus

as told to Shoshana Shwartz

When the Egyptians enslaved the Jews they not only imprisoned their bodies – they also tried to entrap their minds. Millennia later, we too struggle to free ourselves of the mistaken beliefs, the misguided principles, which ensnare us. Three women tell the true story of how they found freedom from their inner captors.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

flying eagleShe was gracious. Warm. The loneliness bothered me more than I cared to admit. I welcomed her friendship. When she told me about a student group she belonged to — a group therapy that taught principles of mindfulness and self-healing, I was interested. There was a seminar coming up, and she invited me along.

“What about food?” I asked. “I only eat kosher.”

“Like I don’t know that. Food’s not a big emphasis on the seminar. It’s mainly fresh fruits and raw vegetables — kind of a detox thing.”

That didn’t faze me: my aunt was into macrobiotics, had been for years. Spending a week in the countryside, in a healing, healthful environment, sounded just fine. And I had been wondering what to do about midterm break. Home was the kind of place that was nice for 24, maybe 36 hours. Max. The wellbeing retreat sounded like a good option.

The retreat was held two hours away, and tired from the recent set of exams, I slept for most of the journey. When we arrived, I was taken aback when my cell phone and watch were confiscated. I was told that this would allow us to connect with our inner selves, the part not bound by time, nor fashioned by the expectations of the people around us. I accepted the reasoning, but cut off from a sense of time, I was disoriented, vulnerable. 

 

 

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