What I Learned at a 10-Day Silent Meditation Retreat

silent meditation retreatA few months ago, I told my family I was going on a 10-day Vipassana silent meditation retreat.

Their response: “Why? Are you crazy?”

I chose to do this after a recommendation from my coach. He had attended this type of meditation retreat before and thought it would benefit me.

He was right.

This was not a retreat where you meditated for an hour, did some yoga, and received a massage. That type of retreat is still on my wish list. 🙂

A Vipassana retreat involves about 10 HOURS of meditation EVERY DAY. You can’t talk to any of the other meditators, until day 10. You can’t read a book or write in a journal. You are alone with your thoughts every day.

It was one of the most physically painful, mentally challenging things I’ve ever done in my life.

And I would do it again in a heartbeat.

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