Try a silent retreat: Disconnect to reconnect

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Nicole Tsong

Photo of Try a silent retreat: Disconnect to reconnect by Anmol Arora (Boring Traveller)
Photo of Try a silent retreat: Disconnect to reconnect by Anmol Arora (Boring Traveller)
Photo of Try a silent retreat: Disconnect to reconnect by Anmol Arora (Boring Traveller)
Photo of Try a silent retreat: Disconnect to reconnect by Anmol Arora (Boring Traveller)

Bigger is always better: Higher up the mountain. Deeper in the ocean. Faster than everyone else.

Holidays have turned into a hundred meter dash. They are packed with activities, sights and events. More and more in less and less time. Soon we will be needing a holiday to recover from a holiday. Isn't the point of a vacation to get away from set routines, multi-tasking and social networking? To take a breath and relax may be with a nice book or a glass of wine.

If you are searching for an enthralling getaway to an exotic location, then you are looking at the wrong post. This one is about going nowhere.

How it Works

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You surrender you phone, laptop, and other gadgets at the entrance. On a silent meditation retreat, you close yourself to new information and the outside world. The idea behind a silent vacation is to be alone with your thoughts. Thus, you are not allowed to talk, write or even listen to music.
Yes, it can get terribly boring and there are a few dropouts. But those who are able to get past the initial difficulties experience something amazing. They discover perspective, become calm, composed and in control.

What we achieve

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Our mind has the habit to wander. We constantly harp on past mistakes or dream about a future full of glory. We create stories that don't exist. It leads to unnecessary stress and anxiety.

Mindfulness is at the core of a silent holiday. It allows you to connect with yourself, stay in the present and become aware of your surroundings. 

Why do it

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A silent holiday is a real break. It helps you recuperate and revitalize. To figure your expectations from work, family and life. It is a place to heal.

Where to go

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Bali has a national day (March 21) when people practice silence, fast and meditate. Buddhist monasteries or nunneries in Ladakh are perfect for solitude. There are hotels and black hole resorts across the world which offer non Wi-Fi rooms. Two of these are:

Aurovalley Ashram in Uttarakhand

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This serene ashram is situated in the foothills of Himalayan range in the banks of sacred river Ganges.
"Nature has given us the power to smile and laugh to deal with difficulties. Laugh at your life and it will become easy," says Swami Brahmdev the founder.

Dhamma Sindhu centre in Gujarat

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It's situated on a quiet 35-acre property very close to the Arabian Sea, in the Kutch region of Gujarat. The gardens are filled with peacocks and songbirds, and the sea breeze keeps the temperature moderate. They offer 10 day vipassana retreats for beginners.

There is constant demand on our time and attention from spammers, salesman and cold callers. In our world of constant movement and distraction, it might be worth to stay still on a vacation. Don't you think?

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I had once gone on one of these spiritual retreats from college and it was the most embarrassing. I had a good feed during lunch. Helped myself to two servings of rice. An hour after lunch we had to sit and meditate for a while and I dozed off to sleep and started snoring. You can imagine my embarrassment.
Sun 01 10 16, 14:15 · Reply · Report
Aurovalley ashram is the one of the best meditation retreats in India that I've been to. I had my husband with me. We spent a week there and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It's the best place to be to get away from all the stress.
Sun 01 10 16, 10:44 · Reply · Report
The options of meditation retreats in India you have provided are too few. Your post is great though and your pictures have already put me into a trance-like state.
Sun 01 10 16, 04:47 · Reply · Report
Do you know of any authentic Buddhist retreat in India for beginners? I have recently been following Buddhism and I want to attend a retreat for my own personal exploration. I have been asked to beware of many centres that are not genuine. Please can you suggest?
Sun 01 10 16, 00:18 · Reply · Report
I've been on a meditation retreat from my school where I teach. It's the first and last time I'm going for something like this. Two days of constant meditation got me thinking how much can a person meditate?
Sat 01 09 16, 14:12 · Reply · Report
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