How much time do you spend (exclusively on yourself)? This is a question we should all be asking ourselves. Most of us would surely reply that we rarely focus on ourselves. We spend our time and our life dealing with things that, very often, we did not want. It is therefore sometimes important to do a meditation retreat from time to time.
A meditation retreat is a day when you are away from your usual place of residence or work. The main goal is to think about you and your life. The basic activity is a reflection and essential motivation, to get to know yourself better and evaluate how you feel.
The ideal is that this meditation retreat lasts at least one full day. It is necessary that you do it yourself. Choose a place where you can rest, comfortable, and without major distractions. Its effect is wonderful when put into practice. Here are five of its benefits.
Loneliness eliminates many pretexts
We spend a lot of our time surrounded by other people. We focus on the interactions we have with them. We focus on others: what they tell us, how they see us, how they respond to us, and so on. In a word, let’s look outside.
In a meditation retreat, these external stimuli disappear because we are moving away from others. We are alone with ourselves. At first, this can be embarrassing for some people because they aren’t used to it. A feeling of abandonment and distress may arise. But if we focus on what we’re going to do, that feeling disappears. We are gradually digging into our interior. We give ourselves the opportunity to give a different look, a different point of view than what we usually use.
Taking your distance gives you another perspective
By distancing ourselves a little from our daily reality, we facilitate the development of a more global vision of our life. It is as if we are mentally in a position that allows us to see the complete panorama. Much of the detail fades, but the overall plan becomes clearer.
Under these conditions, we have better tools to assess the vital moment we are experiencing. It is easier to perceive if we are where we want to be or if we are very far from this place. Our emotions become calm and in this way, we are able to see the landscape in a more neutral way.
Disconnect, one of the great benefits of a meditation retreat
Disconnecting means taking a temporary break from technological means and routine. This is already a source of rest. The brain needs, from time to time, to reduce external stimuli to their simplest expression. This is only possible through a temporary withdrawal. The meditation retreat is therefore appropriate.
By disconnecting, you allow your brain to quietly rearrange itself. Also, offer a state of relaxation and serenity to your emotions. Disconnecting involves slowing down the pace, giving you time to digest your feelings, thoughts, and emotions. This will make you feel calmer and give you a greater sense of control.
Reactivate repressed emotions
Just as some emotions lose intensity during a meditation retreat, some subjective realities begin to emerge. Among these, we find repressed feelings and emotions. Sometimes it is sadness and sometimes fears, anger, or worry.
As time passes, one of the effects is that the real “me” is more likely to express itself. Without knowing how memories of facts you thought you forgot to resurface. or a sensation seems to tell you about something that has not yet happened in your consciousness. A retirement is a place where your voice doesn’t have to compete with others.
Resting doesn’t mean being inactive or saturated with distractions. You don’t really rest if your mind cannot get away from everyday worries and replace them with a creative and/or liberating exercise. In fact, psychological fatigue is far more powerful than physical fatigue. Rather than resting your body, you need to calm your emotions.
A meditation retreat allows you to achieve true rest. There is no need to set rigid goals or believe that experience should be “productive” in terms of observable results. Sometimes a retreat simply prompts us to wander. But even in this case, it opens doors for us to get rid of some of what we carry within us.
It is recommended to book a few days a year for a meditation retreat. There are no formulas. Meditating is primarily to calm down and contemplate. It is a gift that we should never stop giving. A way to provide assistance and affection.