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Silent meditation retreat | Challenges and perks

May 29, 2020

In a world where technology dominates our lives, silence and stillness seem to be very much absent. Today’s world if full of distractions which generally prevents one from observing their mind and body from within. When an individual spends even one day in silence, they experience an immense pour of sensations that connects them to their inner self. It helps them with their emotions, thoughts, creativity, and many other things that will make them feel free and open.
On the other hand, meditation offers the same purpose along with enabling one to live in the present moment. Combining both, meditation and silence elevate one to a level where they feel peacefulness, love, optimism, and flow of life around them. Practicing silent meditation enables one to convene to what is present within them and around them. It makes them feasible to that which brings joy and peace in their lives.
Why silent retreats
Nowadays, many people are trying to get away from their chaotic lifestyle in order to rediscover their own-self and peace. This has lead to a movement now called the wellness movement. Activities such as yoga, mindfulness, and meditation are a part of this movement. Individuals generally plan a getaway of 7- 15 days or more to get in touch with their inner-self. The best way to rekindle one’s connection with their own-self is via silent meditation retreats. Such retreats promote letting go of the anguishes of the past and future enabling one to live in the present moment. Furthermore, such retreats make one content with what they have making them more happy and peaceful.
Challenges and perks of silent meditation retreats

  • Patience: Many people find it difficult to sit and concentrate on their inner-self due to the persistent feeling that they should be doing other important tasks. This indicates a lack of patience. One needs to recognize this in order to overcome it. Doing so enables them to deal with their feelings and emotions effectively. By recognizing and engaging with impatience, one trains their mind to efficiently handle all kinds of issues.
  • Diligence: After practicing silent meditation for a while, an individual reaches the state where their mind is perfectly calm and balanced. Thinking they have achieved what they set out to do, people usually tend to cut their sessions short. In truth, it is very important to continue meditating after you feel that initial calmness because this calm state of mind, just like any other experience, is not permanent. One needs to enhance their clarity and deepen their calm, which can only be achieved by perseverance.
  • Making meditation an essential part of your daily routine: Often it seems that there are numerous other tasks that require one’s attention when they try to meditate. Such feelings often prevent one from going on wellness retreats that they require and have planned for so long. This issue can only be resolved if one considers meditation as an important part of their routine, just like eating and bathing. By doing so one gets more time to achieve their daily goal as they establish more space for their mind to be focused, direct, and efficient throughout the day.
  • Contentedness: Feeling good and calm after your routine meditation is inspiring. But, every once in a while there are going to be times when you will feel like throwing your practice out of the window because it is not doing any good for you. Here again, one will need to push yourself without judgment or attachment in order to observe your thoughts and feeling. One just needs to remember, contentedness comes from the knowledge that what one is doing will impart them with most benefits from their practice, if and only if they stay on their course.

Stuff one learns via silent meditation retreat

  • Importance of mindfulness: One often wakes up to messages on their cell-phone, eats breakfast while working, and hang out with their friends while mentally being somewhere else. This happens because one is constantly thinking about either the past or the future and they completely forget to live in the present moment. In silent meditation retreat, one is kept away from technology which brings them closer to their inner-self. Along with being refreshing, living in the present is also a precious gift.
  • Quiet and stillness: Being able to just sit and cherish the surroundings is a feeling that cannot be matched by any other thing. Such moments make one fall in love with being quiet and still, because they are able to admire their surrounding which promotes joy and peacefulness.
  • Awareness: By sitting in silence and meditating one gets to experience the nature of their thoughts. This enables them to filter out all exterior sensation and just focus on what their body is going through. It fills them with energy and electricity to do things. Furthermore, it relaxes their body and relives stiffness and pain.


Top silent meditation retreat centres in the world

  1. French Zen Deep: Deep in southwest France’s Dordogne forest people from different cultures mingle over vegan meals and question the meaning of life. This is a Buddhist monastery which was established by peace activists and Zen masters. It is mandated to daily chores accounting for at least 90 minutes along with guided meditation and silent walking.
  2. Bliss in Bali: Bali is a place filled with peaceful and amazing scenery. Combining this with meditation and a healthy eating routine promotes wellness. This centre is situated near a hot spring and Mt. Batu Karu behind, which makes it the perfect place for silent meditation retreats.
  3. Maenllwyd retreat centre: This is a Welsh-based facility that has offered a Buddhist retreat for more than 40 years. This retreat is conducted in a 17th-century farmhouse with no mobile reception, no telephone and no electricity. The only connection with modernization is the supply from mains water.
  4. Springwater centre: This centre is located in the Fingers Lake south of Rochester, New York. The two main rules everyone here needs to follow is to be silent and to do an hour of work daily. Everything is optional except vegan meals and no mobile phones.


Best site to quench your wellness retreat needs
In today’s hectic and unhealthy lifestyle, one needs to distract themselves from such chaotic environments and relieve themselves of their stress and anxiety. It can be done via going on a wellness/meditation retreats or attending relaxing yoga sessions.
How would you feel if you were able to satisfy your every wellness need on one single site?
Amayaan has created a site for this sole purpose. Here at https://www.amayaan.com/retreats/india one can plan a wellness retreat, read various blogs related to yoga or wellness, and attend numerous yoga courses for affordable prices. Not only does this site offer a variety of affordable retreats, but it also provides a 360-degree approach to the wellbeing of a person along with a healthy lifestyle.
 

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