In the spring of 2002 I attended a 10 day Vipassana retreat. A good friend attended one and highly recommended it. I was living in San Francisco at the time and knew a break from city life would be beneficial. Vipassana means to see things as they really are and is one of India’s most ancient techniques of meditation. It’s taught at residential center where attendees learn the basics of the method and have ample time to practice. In the beginning, I wrestled quite a bit with the mindless chatter, not sure how to quiet my thoughts. But the retreat is set up so it’s the only thing you need to focus on – learning how to meditate. A schedule is set up to prevent idle time and meals are all prepared for you. as the days passed being quiet and quieting my mind become easier, Overall, the benefits I experienced in the month following the retreat were too many to count and highly unanticipated.
I was excited by the task to schedule silence. A friend and I already discussed doing something like this, so we scheduled a weekend in April. I am looking forward to a spring getaway!