Several months ago I decided to do a solo silent retreat at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia. For the past five years, I’ve routinely taken time to attend silent retreats here in Florida. Nova Scotia is my newest big adventure.
Retreats can be used to quiet or relax the internal combustion that keeps our mental engines stuck in high gear. After awhile the gears start to scrape, grinding against one other. Our mechanism is worn. Whether we’re talking about a car, the soil, the mind or body, we all need routine maintenance to be effective, to produce at our peak.
Learning to put ourselves on pause when we feel emotionally tied to activities, thoughts, relationships, etc. requires setting the intention to nourish ourselves while making the commitment to care for ourselves. Why do we put the mental engine on pause to retreat? If we are not willing to nourish and protect ourselves, we definitely have less to give others.
Each time I return from a day, weekend or week of meditation, I feel as if I’m running again on all eight cylinders.I can actually hear the wisdom rising from deep within. I don’t have to force myself to figure out anything. Granted, there are some pre- retreat jitters including the fear that I will miss something “out there,” with no cell phone, iPad, or computer to utilize.
I can actually hear the wisdom rising from deep within. I don’t have to force myself to figure out anything. Granted, there are some pre- retreat jitters including the fear that I will miss something “out there,” with no cell phone, iPad, or computer to utilize.
Or I torture myself fantasizing about worse case scenarios; those once in a lifetime business opportunities that I will miss because I’m resting my mind/body. No tweeting. No television. The list of no activities is long. But how great it will be to live simply, following a schedule created to provide peace of mind.
What do we gain by participating in spiritual retreats?
1. Freedom from pursuing every thought popping into our heads.
2. Spaciousness to mindfully reconnect to our heart held values.
3. Awareness that we can be happy with very little.
4. Confidence that by nourishing ourselves, we’re in better condition to care for others.
5. A relaxed mind/heart more open to Life’s ups & downs.
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I plan to document my drive north from Florida, starting July 16th, retiring during August, then filming again starting September 1st. Follow my travels on FB or Twitter. Glad you're along for the ride!