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Purpose of Spiritual Retreats by Marko Nikolic


August 22, 2013 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Articles,Guest,Holistic Groups & Networks


Retreat is a time for renewal and regeneration of spirit, mind and body. You need to look closely and reflect on your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and motivations. Periodically examining your experiences, the decisions you make, the relationships you have, and the things you engage in provide useful insights on your life goals, on the good traits you must sustain and the bad traits you have to discard.

We need to understand that there is energy of goodness within us, and that this increases or decreases according to our habits of thought and feeling. Knowing more about our selves, and how we function, gives us the power to think and act more positively. Periods of silence in which to reflect on our higher feelings, values, and purpose in life. We have to recharge own sense of well being, and learn how to maintain this strength in everyday life. Lectures, meditation, workshops, walks in the beautiful grounds, and a peaceful atmosphere all contribute to that process. Retreats are for ordinary people at any time in their lives. There are no expectations on anyone going on retreat and you don’t need to be a churchgoer.

Spiritual retreats can be a short stay of 24 hours on weekends and can be long enough to last for a few weeks and even months. Usually meditation retreats are located among cool, serene and natural surroundings, by the side of lakes, rivers or atop mountains. This is what an ideal retreat aims to be. Each retreat should offers exploration on a spiritual theme, with discussions, workshops, seminars and creative activities, such as art and drama. Meditation is an important. Additionally, medical experts agree that meditation can help lower cholesterol, ease depression, speed healing, curb insomnia, boost the immune system, and control anxiety. With these benefits in mind, there has been a rapid growth in meditation retreats all over America.

You begin to see that it is possible to approach life in a peaceful way. Take along meditation, relaxation, motivational audios, etc. Maybe set aside a 2-4 hour time period where you just relax and absorb the motivational messages or simply relax and give your mind time to rest. Watch a spiritual movie, i.e., one that motivates, inspires you or makes you laugh.

The retreat will explore how we can find inner strength at a time of relentless change and pressure, inspire and motivate each other to give our best and make a true contribution to the lives of those around us. The retreat should consist of a mixture of talks, informative dialogue and workshop activities, sharing of personal experiences as well as silent reflection and meditation commentary, interspersed with a variety of cultural inputs. (readings, live music).

The best environment for meditation is one that is peaceful, sedative, relaxing, soothing and surrounded by raw nature. Usually meditation retreats are located among cool, serene and natural surroundings, by the side of lakes, rivers or atop mountains. This is what an ideal retreat aims to be.

Spiritual retreat center allow you to discover a whole new self and help you in removing the limitations that your mind is occupied with. Retreat Centers offers a place for solitude, healing, and revitalization with a wide variety of spiritual and educational programs.

About Author:
Interested in California retreats . We invite you to experience spiritual renewal in surroundings of peace at the unique, historical venue of The Franciscan Retreats Center at Old Mission San Luis Rey.

Comments

I’m wondering, you mention cool serene surroundings several times, if there isn’t a counter retreat centre that is hot, surrounded by not contained waters but oceans is that a masculine/feminine or ying/yang type of experience? Does anyone have a comparison? Or, I wonder if it is just what speaks most to one’s spirit at the time?