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Retreat at Residence: Carry Meditation to Life


This entry was posted on Jan 25, 2023 by Charlotte Bell.

Namaste Anjali Mudra

Going away on retreat provides you time to separate out of your every day cares. However you’ll be able to retreat at residence and make your every day life a meditation. While you retreat at residence, you turn into answerable for the issues that others deal with on residential retreats—meals, laundry, and so forth.

To rejoice the turning of the brand new yr, my partner and I made a decision to buck custom. As an alternative of partying till midnight and past, we customary a five-day meditation retreat for ourselves. From December twenty eighth to January 2nd, we practiced mindfulness from morning 6:00 am to 9:30 pm every day. The choice to retreat at residence was an ideal strategy to start the brand new yr.

To be sincere, it’s not as if my partner and I’ve made a behavior of heavy reveling on New Yr’s Eve. Now we have, over time, attended gatherings and managed to remain up till midnight many instances. However these events have been very tame. Additionally, this isn’t the primary time I’ve spent New Yr’s Eve in retreat. Manner again within the Eighties, I sat a number of 10-day silent retreats spanning from Boxing Day till January sixth.

Residential Retreats vs. Retreating at Residence

Since my first silent Perception meditation retreat in 1988, I’ve attended many, many extra. I really like the chance {that a} longer intensive residential retreat offers. The change of surroundings on the retreat middle provides you the chance to let go of every day considerations and focus totally on apply. Over days and/or weeks of apply, it’s simpler to develop continuity. On a residential retreat, exterior of a small “karma yoga” job you carry out every day, all of your time is dedicated to apply. Corralling the thoughts in sitting and strolling meditation all day lengthy naturally begins to increase into different every day actions similar to consuming, showering and brushing your tooth.

While you retreat at residence, you turn into answerable for the issues that others deal with on residential retreats—meals, laundry, and so forth. This requires some forethought, each earlier than and through your retreat. For instance, I plan meals that may present simply reheated leftovers the following day. That manner, I solely must coordinate meal prep each different day. My partner is answerable for the tech stuff. He units up the talks and directions we hear to a few instances a day. We select them from among the many wealth of inspiring recordings of our favourite lecturers on dharmaseed.org.

Why Retreat at Residence?

Whereas I really like residential retreats, and plan on attending many extra, residence retreats do have some benefits:

  • You don’t must spend the weeks previous the retreat getting ready to be away. There’s no want for a cat sitter or somebody to control your own home and backyard. Particularly when you’re occurring an extended retreat of a number of weeks, there’s a LOT it’s a must to deal with forward of time. Retreating at residence eliminates a complete lot of planning and anxiousness.
  • The fee. Retreats are fantastic, and completely well worth the expense, however they’ve turn into costly by way of tuition, journey prices, missed work, and the above-mentioned folks that it’s a must to rent to deal with your own home and pets whilst you’re away.
  • On residence retreats, boundaries between formal apply and your every day duties start to blur. This occurs on residential retreats as nicely. However intensive mindfulness apply at residence brings new life to your acquainted, mundane chores.

Bringing Mindfulness to Life

In latest retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Heart, writer and longtime instructor Joseph Goldstein has urged that we invert the same old retreat priorities. Normally, retreatants give precedence to sitting, strolling and all our different actions in that order. He proposed that we put our every day actions first and sitting meditation final. While you retreat at residence, this appears to occur extra naturally.

The aim of mindfulness apply is to not get “good” at sitting. In the end, the apply is supposed to result in better mindfulness as you progress by your life. With apply, mindfulness begins to combine. It turns into the bottom from which you act. Residence apply is essential to this transformation.

In a future submit, I’ll share recommendations on learn how to arrange a retreat at residence.

About Charlotte Bell

Charlotte Bell found yoga in 1982 and started educating in 1986. Charlotte is the writer of Aware Yoga, Aware Life: A Information for On a regular basis Observe and Yoga for Meditators, each printed by Rodmell Press. Her third e book is titled Hip-Wholesome Asana: The Yoga Practitioner’s Information to Defending the Hips and Avoiding SI Joint Ache (Shambhala Publications). She writes a month-to-month column for CATALYST Journal and serves as editor for Yoga U On-line. Charlotte is a founding board member for GreenTREE Yoga, a non-profit that brings yoga to underserved populations. A lifelong musician, Charlotte performs oboe and English horn within the Salt Lake Symphony and folks sextet Purple Rock Rondo, whose DVD gained two Emmy awards in 2010.


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