I was reading about silent retreats the other day in a magazine. They are vacation destinations catering to persons looking to take a timeout from the rat race. I found more information about them on the web. Summer will be here soon — so why not take a silent vacation also known as Vipassana to clear your mind from all the monkey chatter?
If your like me, who don’t have the funds for a lengthy get away or aren’t sure if you can stay away from your electronic gadgets for that long, try it for a weekend.
Here are some places I think look good for a silent get away:
The California Vipassana Center offers retreats for kids and teens and they are free! (Donations gladly accepted)
If those places seem too much for you, — how about a one day silent retreat in the comfort of your own home? But no cheating! Give all your electronic devices to a friend to make sure you won’t be tempted to check your email or Facebook page. And no turning on the television or read magazines. Remaining silent for even 24 hours will give you a taste of what your monkey mind does to your thought process all day long.
Most of us go through our days on auto-pilot and don’t even realize how many negative thoughts go through our mind each day. Spending time just with YOU will be hard at first because we really are addicted to constant input and spending quiet time will help you realize it.
A lot of the problems we have start with our thought patterns, which create beliefs (many false) — “a belief is only a thought you keep thinking.” If you take time out to just ‘be’ you will eventually be amazed how your outlook changes. You will find that you stop reacting to life and instead respond to it, which is much better for good health.
Do you have suggestions for retreats or what you do to clear your mind?