This weekend I have decided to do something very different, I am going off on a silent meditation retreat, well some of it is silent anyway.
I’ve never done anything like this before and even though I’m always saying how good meditation is for you I’ve never been able to do it for long periods of time. So to say this to going to be a challenge for me is an understatement!
Below is a little description of that the next few days will look like:
Supper from 1800
Introduction at 2000
Saturday (Silent until 1pm)
0730 – 815 Breakfast
0830 – 0945 Prayers for Meditation with Talk and Guided meditation
1130 – 1245 Prayers for Meditation with Talk and Guided meditation
1315 – Lunch
1600 – 1715 Prayers for Meditation with Talk and Guided meditation
2030 – 2145 Prayers for Meditation with Talk and Guided meditation
Sunday (Silent until 0845)
0730 – 0845 Prayers for Meditation with Talk and Guided meditation
0900 – 0945 Breakfast
1000 – 1100 Prayers for Meditation with Talk and Guided meditation
I really have no expectations of the outcome, and that’s a good thing, I’m preparing to relax, meditate, walk around plenty (weather dependent) who know what this can do for the soul. I’m excited as it’s certainly not my average weekend, and I do love to shake things up from time to time.
When I say I have no expectations, I maybe lie a little, because what I would really love to come away with at the end is some real clarity as to where I’m going to take my life. I guess we don’t just go on retreats like this for the sake of it, there has to be a reason, a yearning and I guess some unanswered questions rattling around in our heads. There can be an awful lot of inner noise and chatter going on in there that it can be hard to think clearly. On a retreat like this where there is no other option but to stay silent, get off our tech devices and tune into our inner truth ….perhaps this is where the real magic happens.
I’m going to take a little notebook with me and try and write as much as I can. I want to note down what I experience as it happens, work out when I have a thought and what emotion I attach to it. This is about getting to know the real me, not the Karen that is always going with the flow, happy go lucky and not really listening to what she wants. Well will you look at that, perhaps I do have some expectations after all! Isn’t it amazing how thoughts seemingly come from nowhere as you begin to write.
Signing off for the weekend.