Allow me to share a personal experience with you…
Every year or so, I like to take a few days off and make a retreat. I don’t go on holiday to some fabulous destination (although I do that too at other times).
When I go for a retreat, the one thing I look for is silence.
I like to find a retreat house in the countryside or wilderness, and spend 2-4 days there without talking to anyone. I suspect many of us don’t realize exactly how noisy our lives are. The experience of spending a few days in complete silence is can at times be overwhelming, but highly beneficial.
Whenever I do such a retreat, I always come back to ‘real life’ way more focused, and with a renewed and positive attitude. Last week, I did this year’s retreat and as usual, it was a great experience. In fact, I’d like to make it a more regular thing. I’d also like to incorporate more elements of reflection and meditation in my daily life.
Have you ever been on such a retreat? How did it help you?