The Power of Silent Retreats
Let’s explore silent retreats and why they are beneficial. We live in a world full of distractions. Modern society is fast-paced and distracting. Social media, group chats, streaming services, and TV all battle for our attention.
There is also real noise – cars, planes, and people. Silent retreats help you focus on yourself by removing distractions. This helps you recharge and focus on the thoughts, emotions and feelings you usually avoid.
What is a Silent Retreat?
Silent retreats are far more than the name implies. It is an opportunity to use the power of silence to help you focus your energy inward. Let’s expand on what this means.
On a silent retreat, you take a vow of silence. This means no talking or distractions throughout. During meals, meditation, or walks.
Silent retreats are powerful because of their solitude.
It gives you a chance to have deep reflection – which you may never get living a normal life. it is said to have originated in Burma in the 1950s and spread throughout America. It has evolved into what we now practice today in the UK.
What are The Benefits of Silent Retreats?
The main benefit of a silent retreat is the chance to find inner peace and clarity.
Silent retreats help you understand your sources of stress and give you a deeper understanding of your life, motivations and emotions.
As we mentioned, we live in a world full of distractions. Perhaps one of the most enlightening benefits of a silent retreat is the digital detox.
You’ll Benefit From a Digital Detox
Most of us don’t realise it, but we can’t live without our phones. During a silent retreat, you have to part with your phone and live with your thoughts.
This removes the constant stream of distractions and communications. You may find that this improves your ability to focus and connect with fellow practitioners, even without speaking to them.
You’ll Reach a State of Heightened Awareness
A silent retreat can be difficult for some people. You can’t distract yourself with Instagram or Netflix.
Feelings and emotions will arise. You’ll begin to understand the inner workings of your life and the realisation of why you are the way you are. You will learn how to process and tolerate previously unbearable emotions and identify your strengths.
The prolonged silence during a silent retreat will have a long-term effect on your ability to process negative thoughts and improve your focus on the positive parts of life.
You’ll Start To Appreciate The World Around You
Our busy lives distract us from the beauty and joy in the world around us. Silent retreats make us more mindful and present.
By removing the noise and distractions of everyday life, you will start to appreciate nature and the world around you.
What Happens on a Silent Retreat?
Now you know the benefits of silent retreats, but what actually happens during the retreat? Most retreats are between seven to ten days long. Some are even 3 to 5 days.
Most silent retreats take place in beautiful, serene, picturesque settings. expect to be in the mountains, beautiful countryside or by the lake.
The first thing you are asked to do is hand over your technology. Yes, even your smartwatch.
You are then introduced to your fellow practitioners who you’ll likely share a room with and a dining table. During the retreat, you will try various types of yoga, eat vegan meals, and practice mindfulness.
Where To Go on a Silent Retreat
Wayanad in Kerala, India
A perfectly crafted silent retreat in a beautiful part of India. Executed in nature’s lap. A complete Wellness experience for your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health
This is a historic, picturesque region of Scotland with big skies and mind-blowing landscapes. Long walks will help you think deeply about life and relax while taking in the views.