I am often asked about going on a meditation retreat .. and 'what about those 10-day silent retreats' I keep getting asked? are they any good?
I have completed a number of one and two day silent retreats, and one day soon plan to tick off the Vipassana 10 day retreat .. even a day of silence can be pretty intense and challenging .. and enlightening. After a long period of sitting, listening, observing, being distracted, returning and being distracted again (a thousand times over) all in silence, alone, with oneself .. we find that our mind does almost blow open and therein lies the magic.
MeiMei Fox (author and freelance editor, who also writes for The Huffington Post)recently posted a great video '10 Ways Meditation Can Change Your Life' ..a “light-hearted day-by-day recounting of my first Vipassana experience"
“Even if you’re terrified, even if you have no interest in being a monk and you’re not an extremist by nature, I know that sitting in silence for 10 days will blow your mind".
MeiMei has attended three such silent retreats .. “And when you come out the other side, you will feel a tremendous sense of freedom. You will know, really know in your heart, that you are your own master. This practice dos not rely on belief in any gods, trust in any higher power, or the blessings of any guru or teacher. It is simply about you learning to tame your own wild mind. How incredibly liberating is that?”