Throughout the year I run silent meditation retreats, in peaceful locations to provide practitioners with the opportunity to deepen their experience of mindfulness and meditation.
If you are learning meditation, then perhaps you are attending a class, practicing through a mobile app, or following instructions in a book.
This is a wonderful start, giving you a platform to gain experience of the peace within, however often the process of training can be rushed.
With the drop-in evening classes that I run, many people need to rush to the venue and then rush home to their families and busy lives. Often in the meditation sessions due to the power of distractions, thinking about what needs to be done later.
Of course they gain some glimpses of peace which sustains them through the week, until the next class, however we have the potential to have a much richer and deeper experience.
Or maybe you practice through an app 5, 10, 15 minutes a day. This is a great way to establish a regular habit. However it can simply be squeezed into our busy life
Going on retreat gives us the chance to spend quality time with our mind and enjoy the experience of peace within.
We have the whole day, weekend, week to just focus on cultivating peace.
There are many types of retreat; silent retreat helps us to really experience the inner peace within our mind and reduce distraction.
How does a day silent retreat work?
You make your way to the venue, ideally setting out early, giving yourself plenty of time to find the location.
When you arrive at the venue, the kettle will be ready for you to have a drink and possibly a snack if you wish!
At this time you get chance to meet fellow retreaters’ and have some orientation of the venue and beautiful grounds.
The actual silence begins as soon as we enter the meditation room, so this will be at 10.15am. If it is a day retreat the group will then keep silence until the discussion at 4.30pm. At this point you will have the opportunity to share you experience, if you wish, with a fellow meditator next to you.
The benefits of keeping silence during the retreat is that you can go deeper into your experience, have more concentration and less distraction in the breaks between the meditation sessions.
As the day progresses your concentration improves and your mind begins to settle.
In the breaks between meditation sessions, you can take relaxing, reflecting walks in nature or simply chill-out in the meditation room or dining area. At lunch and break times you can also gain experience of mindful eating and drinking in a concentrated group..
The silent retreat provides a relaxing, supportive environment to progress with your training. Although you are silent you still have a bond and connection with others around you.
Many people find the experience very helpful and feel once they have completed the retreat, that they have made a significant step forward with their practice.
I hope you’re able to make a silent retreat in the future and enjoy the following benefits:
Increase focus and concentration.
Sense of contentment and well-being.
Improved confidence in your practice.
A relaxing holiday for your mind.
A deepened experience of meditation.
Discovery of the inner peace within.
Enjoy a day without distraction.
Take home a special, peaceful experience which you can share with those around you.
Disconnect from technology and connect with inner peace and nature.
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Let’s take a look at how Meditation and Mindfulness techniques can help us progress through our working day.
A GOOD START
This will guarantee that the other practices recommended below will have power behind them.
Once you finish your training, make a determination to carry your practice during the day.
Reflect on the thought, ‘success can be measured in many ways, depending on the individuals perception, one way to view success, is being able to keep a peaceful mind in challenging circumstances.’
However you travel to work, take your commute as an opportunity to notice the new in the ‘ordinary’.
If you’re traveling by public transport look around you and notice what is beyond the normal routine.
Look beneath the surface of your reality and you can see a whole new world in each moment.
Notice if your mind gets agitated and distracted and instead of following it, bring your attention back into the present moment.
Tech. in itself is not distracting, it’s how we relate to it.
So when you find yourself glancing at your phone or getting sidetracked on the computer.
Bring your attention into your body and notice your breathe for a few moments – ask yourself the question can I do something more creative with my time here.
Everyday we have to wait. This can be a fantastic opportunity to stop and have a short unwind. Even just for a few seconds. Instead of allowing waiting in a queue or for a work colleague to arrive – to wind the mind up – take the opportunity to unwind the mind, by stepping back and bringing yourself into the present moment and reconnecting.
So when you see the internet trying to load or you are caught at a red light, bring your attention to the natural breathing and release the build up of tension as you exhale.
Many of our daily frustrations come from our interactions with others. One positive foundation for our relationships is to develop the wish for others to be happy and free from problems. This can be our first thought towards others, when we think, see or hear them.
So whether we are interacting via the net or in person this can be the underlying current of energy. This approach has a remarkable effect on how we progress through the day.
Tea break, lunch break, afternoon break, exercise break. Step back from your work, desk, computer, diary, list and let yourself kick back with a drink or lunch and unplug the mind from the tasks at hand. Chew that food and smell that coffee!
This refreshes the mind and brings positivity into our experience.
It also helps brings us into a creative space, as opposed to just be producing all the time.
We are human beings not machines. Stepping back during the day allow our creative juices to flow.
Each day allow your mind to relax and let go of your work. Whether this is practicing meditation, taking some exercise, or spending time with friends or children and not talking about work.
Enjoy your time on this planet, life is short and the time we have left is unknown.
Each day can bring great experience and fulfillment if we are present with our activities.
Engaging in other activities out of work helps to refresh our experience.
At the end of the day, enjoy the opportunity to disconnect from work and emails and enjoy some downtime at home.
Time to chill at the end of the day, restores energy and focuses our mind for the next day.
We can experience peace. If we spend a little time at the end of the day making peace with our self and the world around us, by training in a short practice. Then we will sleep better, have more peaceful dreams and wake up smiling.
Best wishes and success in your working life
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If you wish to have time to meditate, strengthen your wish to meditate.
Leading a busy life, one of the first thoughts we can have, regarding establishing a meditation practice is; ‘I simply don’t have time.’
The most effective way to make time for meditation in our life, is to work on strengthening our wish to meditate.
The stronger our wish becomes to practice meditation, the more time we will discover, to engage in this precious mental activity.
Warm greetings for 2016. I wish you much success and happiness.
This above quote can encourage us to keep practicing meditation.
Each time we train we are sowing seeds in our mind for future experiences.
Results don’t always come straight away.
However if we are patient and have a strong determination to establish a daily practice we will come to know all the great benefits, such as:
a calm mind
Happy New Year!
Using our breath we begin to let go…
1) We notice tension that has perhaps built up within our shoulders
2) Become aware of it, with an open, gentle mindfulness
3) Gently breathe into the area
4) Allow your breath to naturally enter into the space
5) Mindfully breathe, allowing the stress to dissolve
6) As you breathe out, simply let any tension melt away
7) Gradually move around the body – repeating this process & letting go
8) Using the power of mindful breathing, enjoy each moment
It was a busy, Sunday, late afternoon in Brick Lane, as the Indian Restaurants were opening up for the evening trade, the market stalls were closing. I walked into a coffee shop, immediately struck by the ambience, it was quiet and peaceful. There were two people working on their laptops whilst the barista cleaned the counter. I commented ‘it’s nice in here, lovely and peaceful.’ ‘Yes’ replied the smiling barista, ‘don’t worry, I was just about to put some music on.’
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