The benefits of treating yourself to a Retreat are many and varied, depending upon the type of retreat chosen. In the main, they include:
- Wonderfully rewarding on many levels
A Retreat can be a life-changing experience providing true ‘me time’ to reconnect with your authentic self, to remember what brings you joy, and to achieve the clarity to start creating the means to have it;
- Refreshing, rejuvenating, re-energising and re-empowering
So often we are at the limit of our endurance when we take a break (and for many a holiday with ‘loved ones’ is far from a relaxing experience). A retreat can recharge batteries on many levels and bring new insights for positive life change;
- Deep relaxation and peace
of mind bringing physical, mental and emotional benefits and also disconnecting you from all the demands, pressures, etc back home that pull you in so many directions. It is impossible to put a price on the profound benefit of being helped to connect with inner stillness and to find solace. The solitude of a retreat can provide a pause in the constant, unremitting demands of daily life. Time to reflect, renew and restore. Relaxing the mind is the natural complement to relaxing the body and to dealing with 21st century stressors;
- A shift in perception with a healthier perspective
After a Retreat people tend to return to their busy, demanding lives with enthusiasm and clarity, with a fresh and healthier perspective – in effect, a sense of a ‘new, empowered me’ which changes their relationships with others, with life and with the world;
- Sacred space and spiritual connection
When you experience the profound inner connection with the Divine within yourself, all of life makes much more sense, and is much more fun!
- Aid to recovery from illness
The holistic benefits of a Retreat, especially one that includes complementary therapies,
- can be truly therapeutic;
- Transferable skills
Those who treat themselves to regular Retreats find that the holistic benefits they derive creep into their every day lives, aiding clearer perception and balanced perspective, helping keep stress overload at bay. They learn to factor in healthy relaxation without feeling guilty about taking time out for self.
A Retreat can be a wonderful experience, a booster and an accelerator. Much can be realized in a short time in shifting perception and re-establishing what really matters. However the benefits achieved will be lost unless you take action on your return in respect of self-care to avoid a return to overwhelm and stress overload. Continue reading “Benefits of a Retreat”
Eckhart’s profound yet simple teachings have already helped countless people throughout the world find inner peace and greater fulfillment in their lives. At the core of the teachings lies the transformation of consciousness, a spiritual awakening that he sees as the next step in human evolution. An essential aspect of this awakening consists in transcending our ego-based state of consciousness. This is a prerequisite not only for personal happiness but also for the ending of violence on our planet.
In the Sutra the Four Establishments of Mindfulness, the Buddha teaches to begin with the body. Today we move into the second realm of practice. Aware of the feelings and emotions. And then take good care of them. Mindfulness has the function to recognize, to hold, and bring relief. It also carries the energy of concentration.
Mindfulness leads to concentration. With concentration, you can take a deep look at your feelings and the. discover the roots of what is. This brings insight – liberation. This only comes if you have strong concentration. This begins with mindfulness.