Hi, I'm new to this group, so I'm sorry if this has already been discussed: I used to do these retreats but one reason I stopped was because they were (in my experience) against having special food needs, and that was long before I was fruitarian, lol. Are there any all-raw-ers who do these retreats? What is the trick? Do you do them in tropical locations where there just happens to be enough fruit available on the side at each meal? Or what? Thanks for your responses. :)
By the way, was about to post this when I just found a thread about this exact topic, and this quote stood out to me:
"Her husband, who was also an Assistant Teacher, said that it is arrogant to choose food and that it is a play of ego to be different. He said that true renunciation is in accepting what is given."
and a response: "Very interesting, thanks for sharing that. It sounds like those assistant teachers were of the medical model mindset. I mean they would never tell you that insulting stuff about it being a play of the ego or standing out of the crowd if it was a prescribed medicine you were taking."
I find this response to be so relevant. I've had teachers tell me that special food needs was the ego trying to be special, but then if they have a medical issue they will take medicine from the doctor and try to get me to do the same. I know what they are pointing at but don't think they see the whole picture. I suppose I probably don't either...still this makes me cringe and it's why I now usually avoid organized courses. I used to try to "go with the program" and would just be sick by the end of courses or partway through. I love someone's idea of opening an 811 meditation center!!
I do feel that when my mind is more balanced, eating perfect won't be as important. But like someone else said, I'm not willing to sacrifice my health anymore for someone else's program.