Silent meditation retreats always intimidated me. What would it be like? Would I get bored? Antsy beyond belief? So uncomfortable I can't stand it anymore? Could I handle something like that? Do I even want to try?
At the end of 2016 I released an episode called the Sweet Sound of Silence (Part One)—on the powerful calm and insight that stillness has brought into my life—before heading into a five-day silent meditation retreat for New Year's to ring in 2017. This week on the Pivot Podcast I share what the experience was like.
And here's a haiku that came to me at the start of the retreat that I incorporated as a mantra to help me drop more deeply into meditation—try repeating it while releasing all the tiny muscles around your eyes, and any tension in your jaw, face or body:
Melt, soften, release
your grip. Open hand allows
space for everything.
Topics We Cover
What goes on at a silent retreat?
Releasing our grip
Gratitude and living with our inner truth
Soul speaks in stillness
Reentry to the world
Podcast: What's a Silent Meditation Retreat Like? Sweet Sound of Silence (Part 2)
Previous Pivot Podcasts:
After The Ecstasy, The Laundry by Jack Kornfield
I Am That by Nisargadatta Maharaj
The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav
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