The rattlesnake and the bear

Wherever we go we take our mind with us. I was really looking forward to spending five days in silence during my meditation retreat in the mountains of North Carolina. Five days of peace, meditation and vegetarian food, in silence with nature. My mind had been really active so I welcomed the silence and the peaceful surroundings to quiet down the stream of thoughts that had been generating a lot of unhappiness lately. I was planning to meditate, take nice walks on the hiking trails, sit under a tree and just observe nature, enjoy the green lush foliage and breathe clean air. I would enjoy my time and find some well deserved inner peace. But my mind had other plans. As we settled in our cabi