The Complete Guide to Silent Meditation Retreats

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Life often wears us down from all the responsibilities, stresses, failures and hardships we frequently experience as a part of normal human existence. Mental health is as fragile as our physical health and burn out is a very real pitfall to avoid. It is important to create spaces to replenish and nourish our body, mind and spirit.

We have all at some point experienced burn out in some way. We work ourselves too hard trying to keep financially afloat while losing sight of our health and happiness. We pour ourselves wholeheartedly into relationships with friends, family, children and are quick to take care of others.

But stop and think for a moment about how much effort you put into your own care?

When last did you sit to enjoy a cup of tea? Or take a long, uninterrupted bath? Or jump in the ocean, walk through a forest, hike up a mountain to admire a breath-taking view?

While it may sound like an extreme solution, more and more people are turning to silent meditation retreats to unplug from the world and recharge their spiritual batteries – excuse the contradicting metaphors.

Types Of Retreat

Spiritual retreats vary according to different religious communities. There are a number of retreats to choose from.

  • Buddhism offers either solitude or community experiences, encouraging reflection, meditation and prayer.
  • Christianity retreats range in duration from a few hours to a month. This is a time spent away from normal life, reconnecting with God.
  • Sufi (Islam) retreats call for self-abandonment, seclusion or separation from home and life.
  • Yoga retreats however, are more recreational holidays to let go of stress. Many people travel abroad for these retreats.

Many retreats are excellent for finding healing from trauma that you may have experienced. However, if you are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, severe depression or anxiety, a silent meditation retreat may not be appropriate for you.

Meditation is strenuous and requires psychological stability. However, this guide will help you find the retreat that suits you perfectly.

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What To Expect

Expect to learn, to feel all of your emotions, reflect deeply and grow.

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