To go or not to go on a meditation retreat, that is the question. Let’s face it, sitting in your living room for 20 to 30 minutes on a nice comfy meditation pillow while listening to binaural beats is one thing. Venturing out of the safety of your own home to sit hours on end with a bunch of complete strangers is something else!
Martha Schindler pens this post for Yoga Journal and discusses the ins and out when it comes to a meditation retreat. According to Schindler, important to remember when considering whether or not to expand your meditation practice is that no two retreats are the same.
“There’s a tremendous movement among people from all religions and all schools of thought to seek spiritual growth,” says Fr. James Conner, who directs the meditation retreats at The Abbey of Gethsemani, a Benedictine monastery in Trappist, Kentucky. “And they’re finding that meditation is a wonderful way to further that process.”
Ironically, the most intimidating factor about silent retreats for the novice meditator is the constant quietness. “People who meditate for 20 to 30 minutes in the morning are often worried about having to do it for days on end,” says Fearnow. “Or they may practice yoga regularly, but they always do it in a classroom full of people, or they practice in the living room with the stereo on. So the aspect of being quiet seems very strange.”
Read more from Schindler on taking meditation to the next level here.