(1999 - 2002)
Living holistically is an integral part of living at Nahziryah Monastic Community - Retreat for Meditation and Holistic Living. With far reaching vision, Reverend Nazirmoreh (ABRD) instructs students and visitors alike in the art of living in harmony and balance… As the Reverend (ABRD) teaches in word and through living the life - "...feet on the ground, head in the clouds" , "...talk does not cook the rice" and "...actions speak louder that words". Some of the practices are as follows:
In rhythm with the cycles of life, Reverend Nazirmoreh (ABRD) has instructed us to never cut down living trees, to only take from those which have fallen through wind, storm, or age on the forest bed, only those in which the life force is passing. This wood is used to cook the meals outdoors during the warm weather, and serves the double purpose of heating and cooking indoors during wintertime. Furthermore, the ashes in turn go into the soil production to add nutrients (see previous page), as well as in the composting activities as a deodorizer. Each dwelling is furnished with a wood heater/stove for winter use. Hot coals are used to unthaw occasional winter pump system freeze. Spring, summer, on through autumn until heat is needed in dwellings - by day and by night - meals are cooked outdoors on wood cooking systems. Solar cook ovens are also utilized as a cook source throughout the year.
Literally nothing goes to waste. For example, all glass bottles are saved and reused in the vegetable/fruit/herb drying operations. All discarded paper; cardboard boxes; and all else, is saved and used as needed. Much of the usable cardboard boxes go into the soil production operations (see previous page) or recycled to mail packages. Most other paper items are used for such purposes as with the kindling to start the fires in the cook stoves/heaters, and as stuffing in packages to be mailed out. Empty glass candle containers, used batteries, spent toothpaste tubes, tissue paper rolls, incense stick sticks, the rubber tire planter cut-outs, to name a few - are all saved for recycling. For example, the small incense stick pieces which remain after burning incense, dried house paint left in empty paint buckets, and even the rubber cut-out drainage hole pieces - have been used in the making of unique Nazir Art Crafts works of art.
Most lighting is done with candles, night lights, oil lamps, small flash lights - as the situations arise.
All sit in lotus silence on the floor for the daily meals; many pillows; throw rugs; curtains; books; silence; many artistic wood piles; stone lined paths; lit incense; burning candles; pictures and writings of Reverend Nazirmoreh (ABRD) and other pictures adorn the walls; cold water baths - - - in short, all the comforts for holistic living in a monastic/ meditative environment are embraced… blessings and thanks to our Spiritual Teacher and Director - the Reverend Nazirmoreh (ABRD).