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Considering a Spiritual Retreat? Here Are 3 Things to Expect
Modern-day humans, in Ontario and around the world, are constantly multi-tasking. We scroll on our phones on our commute to work, listen to podcasts on the treadmill, and work on our laptops while we eat. We seldom take a quiet moment to ourselves to pause and reflect. Like a meditation retreat, a spiritual retreat is designed to help you connect with the highest, purest form of yourself through silence, introspection, dharma, ceremony, and activities in nature.
A Safe Space to Explore Your Inner Self
In the competitive world that we live in, it is easy to compare our looks, productivity, wealth, and happiness to others’. We tend to judge ourselves if we don’t feel “up to standard, ” which can lead to negative self-talk and a lack of confidence. Retreats offer a judgement-free container for you to do the hard inner work required to find some peace and acceptance.
A Complete Shift From the Daily Grind
A retreat is designed to act like a crucible, a container that breaks down complex thoughts or actions and catalyzes change and transformation. In order for this to work, it is essential to distance ourselves from our day-to-day routines and find new spaces and ways of doing things. Sometimes this entails going out of our comfort zones and embracing something new.
Many of us feel lost without our cellphones and an internet connection and can feel like we are missing out on something if we are not part of the online conversation. Often, retreats specify a complete disconnect from social media, emails, and work, so make sure you are prepared to take a pause from your online life. This is important to forge new habits, gain new perspectives, and practice presence and mindfulness.
A Feeling of Connectedness and Community
Retreats are spaces for beginners and long-term practitioners alike. They push you to go beyond your boundaries, connect with nature and strangers, and embrace new versions of yourself. These processes can be demanding! But you and your fellow spiritual seekers will go through it all together, and you will notice the sense of community and camaraderie from the first day.
Understanding meditation and spiritual practices
Meditation is the practice of mindfulness using breathing techniques, sounds, or visuals as a focal point. On a retreat for meditation, most of your time will be spent sitting and meditating (either with a guide or silently), in order to reconnect with your inner selt.
A spiritual-focused retreat is holistic and includes meditation amongst many other activities, ceremonies, workshops, and lectures based on hundreds of years of practice.
Are you feeling disconnected or isolated and seeking some grounding and compassionate nurturing? We are here to empower you in your journey in the hopes that this will lead to a deeper connection with yourself, with others, and with this beautiful planet we live on. If you would like to know more about our retreats and what we’re all about,